Alaska Native youth practice traditional dance 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.

High School Program
September – April

ANHC’s afterschool High School Program is a past winner of the Coming Up Taller Award (now called the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards) and has been active for nearly two decades. Attendees can take advantage of ANHC-provided transportation to-and-from the Center, where they participate in culturally-grounded activities and get support for academic success. In the past, activities have included dance, art, games, and music. Participants can apply to receive school credit and even APU college credit for regular attendance.

ILEAD
Year-Round

ILEAD provides youth ages 14-24 with the tools and pathway to become leaders in their community. A Youth Advisory Council works with staff members to plan activities, design logistics for events, and host community gatherings. ILEAD is one of the very few cultural program options for youth in the 18-24 age range, and their involvement is important not just for their own benefit, but because of the example they set for those younger than them. ILEAD participants have access to Master Artist classes and paid apprenticeships, paid hosting opportunities, educational trips, and subsistence activities.

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.

Shavila – Cultural School Assembly
$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.