The Goldbelt Heritage Foundation (GHF) is pleased to announce that it has launched a cultural internship program for Juneau-based high school students, ages 14-18. The Aan Yatx’u Saani program, formerly known as the Youth Ambassador program, has been redesigned by GHF to combine Tlingit language learning, classes in traditional knowledge, and leadership training to support youth development.
Cultural Interns are paid positions. Interns will earn $15 per hour for up to 10 hours per week during the academic school year, and up to 35 hours per week during the summer months. The program is supported through grant funding from First Nations Development Institute.
“We are so excited to welcome Cultural Interns to GHF,” said Executive Director Desiree Jackson. “Our team has worked hard to redesign and strengthen this program to ensure it is a meaningful experience that will have a positive lifelong impact for the students.”
During their internship, in addition to the language and culture classes, the youth will participate in a variety of other activities that include leadership training, college readiness seminars, and other educational development opportunities.
“GHF highly values the importance of mentorship and peer support for youth,” said Jackson. “We have dedicated staff and culture bearers on board and are actively seeking additional volunteers, elders, and other local professionals and leaders who are willing to connect with the interns and provide guidance and encouragement.”
Applications for the Aan Yatx’u Saani program are currently being accepted. CLICK HERE to apply.