Instilling pride, self-confidence, and leadership, and improving academic achievement among Alaska Native young men in Anchorage

The Foundation's Forward Promise initiative was designed to improve the health of young men and boys of color and enhance their opportunities for success in school, work, and life.Funding to Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) provides capacity building supports to increase gender-specific programming and improve ANHC's ability to serve difficult-to-reach subpopulations of Alaska Native/American Indian (AN/AI) middle school and high school young men who are most at-risk of dropping out. During the 30-month grant period ANHC will complete the following activities: (1) Develop and evaluate trial replication programming for 7th-12th graders involved in juvenile justice; (2) Develop a program component to integrate Alaska Native Elders into programs; (3) Develop capacity to link AN/AI young men to rites of passage and successful, supportive adult male role models; (4) Promote culturally based programming as a viable school engagement strategy for AN/AI middle and high school students; (5) Develop four additional new partnerships to allow ANHC's program model to reach more Native young men. Deliverables include; development of programming, new partnering relationships, and strategies to engage and retain the more difficult-to-reach population of Native young men; development of a formal, ongoing program component that involves Elders in gender-specific programming; development of a set of recommendations for rites of passage for young men that preserve connections to cultural values; identification of potential role models and ways to connect Native young men to role models and rites of passage. In addition, the project will identify at least two replication sites and two additional programs serving at-risk youth whose participants could be brought into ANHC programs.

Alaska Native Heritage Center is a grantee of the RWJF Foward Promise initiative.


Grant Details

Amount Awarded $492,469.00

Awarded on: 5/21/2013

Time frame: 7/1/2013 - 10/31/2015

Grant Number: 70956


Alaska Native Heritage Center

8800 Heritage Center Drive
Anchorage, AK, 99504-6100


Steven Alvarez
Project Director