Alaska Native youth practice Native sports events in the Alaska Native Heritage event space.

Youth & Education

The Alaska Native Heritage Center believes that investing in youth is an investment in the future of Alaska Native culture and tradition. Since opening its doors in 1999, ANHC has offered youth-centered programming from pre-K through post-secondary. ANHC continues to explore new and exciting ways to engage youth year-round.

Culture Boxes

The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) is proud to partner with the CIRI Foundation to provide at-home Culture Boxes to youth across the country to furnish an outlet for creativity and connection to Alaska’s Indigenous culture and stories! We believe that everyone deserves access to their culture, no matter where they live, and ANHC Culture Boxes are grounded in the mission and vision to meet our community where they are through a series of culturally relevant, age appropriate activities. Since we began this project in August 2020, we have received more than 2,000 requests from youth in Alaska and beyond! Stay tuned for more updates on how you can receive a Culture Box straight to your door. 

ILEAD
Year-Round

Are you within the ages of 14-24 and interested in advancing your leadership? We are now accepting applications for our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) led by our Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD) program! ILEAD provides youth ages 14-24 with the tools and pathway to become leaders in their community, and participants of this program will have the opportunity to plan and attend YAC meetings, potlucks, and master artist workshops all while further developing their leadership skills. This is a non-paid opportunity, but members of the YAC will gain invaluable professional experience and develop lasting connections with fellow committee members.

Applications to join our Youth Advisory Committee are open today! Fill out your application for the Youth Advisory Committee by clicking here. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to ILEAD Coordinator Joshua Cannon at (907) 330-8056 or jcannon@alaskanative.com  

Summer Intern Program
Late April – Mid-September

Each summer approximately 40 Alaska Native youth ages 14-24 gain valuable skills and experience working with the public, handling cash, public speaking, and demonstrating their knowledge of their own and other Alaska Native cultures to the approximately 50,000 guests the Center receives each year. Internships begin with a two-week paid orientation and include on-going cultural engagement. Each year interns are offered the opportunity to apply for the Melissa Beth Kleehammer College/Vocational School Scholarship and receive $2,000 for their educational expenses.

School Visits
Fall/Winter/Spring Only, all grades

Field trips to the Alaska Native Heritage Center are a great opportunity for students to get an introduction to Alaska Native cultures through presentations, activities, and film. There are two options available:

Standard School Visit
$8 per student | 90 Minutes

Introduction to Alaska Native Cultures with ANHC staff, village site tour, and choice of a 30-minute film.

Extended School Visit
$10 per student | 120 Minutes

Includes all Standard School Visit activities with an additional choice of two activities from the following: Native dancing and drumming, Native stories/string stories, Native games, Native art project.

  • Time does not include lunch. Please plan for additional time if students will be eating on-site.
  • One Teacher/Chaperone is free with every 10 paid students. Additional teachers/chaperones are $8 per person.
  • Maximum 60 students per visit.

Anchorage School District (ASD) teachers can submit requests online through SchoolDude TripDirect. Other organizations can schedule directly by calling 907-330-8000 or emailing schoolvisits@alaskanative.net.

Self-Guided Summer School Visit
$9.95

Summer season school visits are entirely self-guided. Rate is $9.95 per student and with every five paying students we comp one adult chaperone. Additional chaperones past the 1:5 ratio may attend by paying $13.95.

Shavila – Cultural School Assembly
Fall/Winter/Spring Only
$375 | 45 Minutes

Looking for a fun way to bring your students together and learn about Alaska Native cultures? Schedule a Shavila assembly and Alaska Native Heritage Center staff will bring dance, games, and storytelling to your school.

Call 907-330-8000 for more information about scheduling a Shavila, or email schoolvisits@alaskanative.net.