RAISE winter interns Cheryl Seckel and Quyanna Nelson, along with Intern Supervisor Justin Hatton, pose with U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski during the First Alaskans Institute Elders and Youth Conference.
Southcentral Foundation’s RAISE program hosts interns year round, teaching job skills like resume writing, interview prep, and portfolio building. RAISE internships provide a unique opportunity for youth to work in a supportive environment, building job skills while attending high school or post-secondary school. While the majority of interns work during the summer months, a few continue on as winter and graduate interns.
Two winter interns and an intern supervisor from this winter’s session participated in the First Alaskans Institute Elders and Youth Conference. During the conference, a RAISE intern received a University of Alaska Scholars Award. The UA Scholars Award is a four-year scholarship redeemable at any campus in the University of Alaska system.
Winter interns Cheryl Seckel and Quyanna Nelson participated in talking circles discussing topics that are relevant to Alaska Native and American Indian youth, including suicide prevention, the opioid crisis, and climate change.
In a special presentation, RAISE interns heard from Caroline Wiseman, the current Miss Haskell, from Haskell Indian Nations University. As a guest speaker at the RAISE program’s Skills Friday, she highlighted the benefits of considering Haskell as a post-secondary option. She also discussed the types of degrees available at HINU, provided insight into adjusting to college life, and reviewed support groups and sports offered at the university.
These activities are just some of the opportunities that RAISE offers, in addition to the on-the-job training within SCF.