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Alaska Public Defenders Agency's SAME Justice Program The AmeriCorps program at the Public Defender Agency provides a unique opportunity for clients involved in the legal system at the early stages to receive assistance navigating the social services network from AmeriCorps members who have committed to the service of others. Their clients can receive assistance applying for disability income, veteran’s benefits, substance use disorder treatment, mental health treatment, housing, education, and other services in their communities. With the ability to access services in this manner through the AmeriCorps program, clients are able to make long-term improvements to their lives. Accessing these resources can improve legal outcomes in their cases, but more importantly, can help in overcoming non-legal barriers to successful integration into their communities. AmeriCorps members who serve with the Public Defender Agency have the opportunity to make profound impacts in the lives of those they serve and to build lasting relationships with other AmeriCorps members, personnel within the Agency, and residents of the communities in which they serve
Amanda Hillberry
AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
(907) 322-6638
Student Conservation Association The Student Conservation Association’s (SCA) Alaska Corps team is focused on providing young adults opportunities to grow competitive skills in the field of conservation trail work to prepare them to move into jobs with our project partners after their term of service. The SCA Alaska Conservation Corps is a 14-week AmeriCorps program focused on leadership development, completing trail work projects and building a sense of community. Members of the crew spent 3 months on service projects with various federal, state and local agencies across Alaska. A variety of projects were performed in partnership with various federal, state, and local partners, on numerous conservation projects across Alaska. Teams may operate with partner staff or on their own to produce the outputs of the project. Skills included hands on conservation service experience, professional development training, and nationally recognized certifications. Jason Croft
Partnership Director, Alaska and Pacific Islands
(907) 771-8491
Alaska Children's Trust, Alaska Afterschool Network Alaska Afterschool Network AmeriCorps is a statewide AmeriCorps program directed by the Alaska Afterschool Network. The goals of the Afterschool AmeriCorps program are: To engage more girls in out-of-school time STEM learning and to create a pathway into an exciting career in afterschool and summer learning. COVID-19 has significantly disrupted student learning throughout Alaska. Additionally, Alaska has struggled to recruit and retain women in the STEM workforce. The Afterschool AmeriCorps program seeks to address these two concerns by engaging girls in afterschool STEM programming to accelerate student learning and support STEM equity. Lily Tegner
AmeriCorps Program Specialist
RurAL CAP, Resilient Alaska Youth RurAL CAP’s Resilient Alaska Youth (RAY) AmeriCorps program addresses rural Alaska’s high rates of youth substance abuse and suicide through the cultivation of resiliency, supportive relationships, and positive cultural identity. RAY AmeriCorps members support youth through in-school, afterschool, and out-ofschool activities in rural Alaskan schools, tribal governments, city governments or youth serving non-profits. They plan and implement curriculum across communities statewide. Members are individuals over 18 who promote positive development and experiential learning in youth through afterschool activities and life-skill building. RAY AmeriCorps members are recruited locally from their communities by a sponsoring community program partner like tribal or city councils, local schools, or health clinics. Members serve terms aligned with the academic calendar year and are provided with comprehensive training and support.  Liza Krauszer
Community Development Manager
(907) 865-7396
Sitka AmeriCorps Sitka AmeriCorps Program serves the community of Sitka through a partnership with the Sitka School District. The mission of the Sitka AmeriCorps Program is to mitigate the effects of high Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) scores prevalent in rural Alaskan communities, through building developmental relationships. Community needs are adressed on the grounds “Increased resiliency leads to better long-term health and academic outcomes.” This is accomplished through enrichment activities, academic support, capacity building, mental health and life skills, and mentoring. Our program is also concerned with learning loss recovery from COVID-19. Sarah Joan Lawrie, MFA
Sitka AmeriCorps Program
Program Director
(907) 966-6340

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Revised 09/15/2022