The Rural Alaska Village Environmental Network (RAVEN) Youth Development AmeriCorps program serves rural Alaskan communities by promoting environmental education, implementing energy conservation, encouraging recycling and waste reduction, and fostering community involvement in area-wide clean-up efforts. RAVEN AmeriCorps Members improve environmental conditions across rural Alaska.
Locally recruited RAVEN AmeriCorps Members partner with tribal environmental programs, faith-based organizations, community schools, and tribal and city councils. Members recruit volunteers in their communities, lead community-wide clean-ups; start and improve recycling and waste reduction programs; design and implement solid waste management plans, provide community education on household hazardous wastes, collect used oil for re-use; remove lead/acid batteries, abandoned vehicles and other hazardous wastes from their villages; and improve community waste disposal and removal systems.
Members host healthy activities for youth. They organize youth events, provide volunteer opportunities for youth, and serve as local role models as they address local environmental issues with local solutions. The RAVEN AmeriCorps program is generously funded by the Alaska State Community Service Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, and the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Human Services.
- Diverted 42,000 pounds of materials either through recycling or backhaul from rural dumpsites
- Managed 17 grants through a partnership with the Yukon Kuskokwim Coastal Association (YKCA) to address solid waste management priorities in several Yukon Kuskokwim regional communities
- 20 RAVEN AmeriCorps members improved 2,305 acres in rural communities
2015 RAVEN AmeriCorps Communities