Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc.

Health & Well-Being

Youth leadership development activities in Kotlik are a part of the Youth Development and Culture Grants Program. Photo by DJJ site staff

Youth leadership development activities in Kotlik are a part of the Youth Development and Culture Grants Program. Photo by DJJ site staff

The Community Development Division provides training and education services to promote health and well-being. The division is engaged in three national and community service programs including the Elder Mentor Program, Resilient Alaska Youth (RAY) AmeriCorps and VISTA. Other programs include the Youth Development and Culture Grant Program, the Rural Providers’ Conference, Growing Up Tobacco Free, Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) Youth Leaders, and the Resource Basket, a program supporting Alaska Native youth success. Elder Mentors help children with schoolwork, model positive social and cultural values and provide emotional support to children.

A partnership with Alaska’s Division of Juvenile Justice supports youth grants for Alaska Native culture camps, subsistence activities and youth leadership training. The Hooper Bay Wellness Project is a partnership with Hooper Bay, Sea Lion Corporation and Alaska’s Division of Behavioral Health to provide locally identified wellness activities.  

2016 Results

  • 367 youth and 500 adults participated in learning experiences organized by Resilient Alaska Youth AmeriCorps members
  • 94 Elder Mentor volunteers helped 172 K-12 students improve their math and literacy skills
  • 400 people engaged in substance abuse prevention and wellness education at the Rural Providers’ Conference in Nome
  • 277 individuals from 77 communities benefitted from the Resource Basket’s training and technical assistance services
  • VISTA members provided training to over 1,500 program beneficiaries
  • 326 youth participated in Youth Development and Culture Grant Programs in 13 rural communities
  • 34 Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance Youth Leaders increased their knowledge and skills through leadership and tobacco prevention advocacy training

Download the 2017 RurAL CAP Health Programs fact sheet (PDF file).