Youth Education

The Alaska Alternative Service Break to Alaska was introduced in 2008.  The mission of the Alaska – Education trip is to tutor and provide educational assistance to Alaskan children.  Alaska represents the largest demographic percentage of American Native Americans and Alaskan Native Americans, with 18% of the total population being represented.  In a press release from the US Department of Education, in 2005, they found that “one-third of American Indian and Alaska Native children aged 9 months live in poverty, one-fourth live in households with no father present, and more than one in ten were born to teenaged mothers, the study found.

Here is what past participants had to say about the Alaska experience:

“Spring Break is a week I will never forget.  I ventured to Hoonah, Alaska with a group of NC State students, who were not strangers but barely acquaintances.  We went to Alaska to serve, but returned with so much more.”
-Carol Rego

“As soon as we arrived in Hoonah, the importance of family and community became apparent.  We were welcomed into this town with open arms.  The people offered us food, friendship, and let us explore their language and history.  Even though we came from very different backgrounds it was not difficult at all to find common ground.  We appreciated food, music, storytelling, and nature.  I have never felt so at home instantly in a strange place.”
-Miranda Kay Harper

“I learned so many things from this experience, from sustainability to culture, to education, to wildlife, and lots more in between.  I definitely came out of this trip with a new train of thought.”
-Kylee Phillips

Important Information:

  • Trip dates: March 1-11, 2018
  • Location: Hoonah, Alaska
  • Approximate cost: $1,350 – $1,550
  • Trip cost covers transportation, housing, and meals
  • Photos from previous trips