Youth Engagement And Outdoor Recreation Professional

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 12:30am


Talkeetna, AK
United States

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Want to serve your community while earning a living allowance and revenue for college? Want to serve at a great organization in a great community? Want an opportunity to build a program?  Want professional outdoor education experience? Northern Susitna Institute, , is recruiting for an AmeriCorps member to serve at their headquarters in Talkeetna, Alaska.  

Northern Susitna Institute is seeking an 11 month AmeriCorps Member to expand their school year outdoor education programming. Member benefits include: health insurance, living allowance ($1,310/mo), education award ($5,730), training and more

Member duties include:

  1. Foremost will be the creation of regular afterschool activities for the 12-18 year old age range. These activities will be designed to compliment, not duplicate, existing offerings for the age group. Opportunities for peer to peer mentoring and learning will be embedded in regular meetings, addressing concerns common to the age group (i.e. substance abuse, peer pressure, sexual health, suicide prevention, etc.).
  2. A variety of engaging activities will be offered to encourage both attendance and healthy habits, which may include activities such as hiking, game nights, snow survival skills, urban field trips, volunteer opportunities, or zentangle art lessons.
  3. In order to engage more adolescents, the AmeriCorps Member will also be encouraged to develop partnerships and offer themselves as a mobile resource to local schools, non-profits, and other organizations – anywhere that teens may gather – as opportunities arise.


  1. A challenge exists in reaching all adolescents of the Upper Susitna Valley, due to the far-spread nature of our residents. We plan to tackle this by working in partnership with the more centrally located Susitna Valley High School and/or Upper Susitna Valley Senior Center and by also having the AmeriCorps member rove to locations in the many communities of the Upper Susitna Valley. Not only does this reduce some barriers to participation by adolescents, but it will also draw a stronger connection between the communities as we address a common concern for our adolescents.


  1. NSI will draw on its strength as a provider of non formal education, by offering intergenerational learning to compliment the primary component of the program (described above). Using the existing program models of the Alaska Folk School and the Wild Wonders! summer outdoor education program, adolescents will be intentionally recruited and integrated with older and younger learners.
  2. In the Alaska Folk School, class offerings can be designed so that adolescents and adults learn a new skill with one another. This provides an opportunity for relationship development, a role modeling opportunity to experience the healthy frustration of learning new skills, and an opportunity to widen their vision for a career path.
  3. Programs designed specifically to incorporate intergenerational learners will embed intentional opportunities for adolescents and adults to engage socially. Examples of successful programs that lend themselves to intergenerational learning include paddle making, cardboard boat building, and cooking classes.
  4. Another aspect of intergenerational learning will occur in the summer outdoor education program, with a secondary focus of leadership training. Currently a strong program, eight sessions engage 6-16 year olds in week-long programs. The program has only recently begun offering programs to 14-16 year olds with limited enrollment. The AmeriCorps Member will be instrumental in identifying adolescents that can benefit from the program, and the associated generous scholarship program. The AmeriCorps Member will take on a role as recruiter and program developer for a volunteer junior counselor program during sessions for younger children, providing adolescents a structured opportunity to engage in a professional setting and as a role model to youth.

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If you have questions, contact Eric Milliken 907.865.7358