Story last updated at 5/30/2012 - 12:57 pm
The Southeast Alaska Guidance Association (SAGA) is still hiring young Alaskans for summer crews for their Juneau- and Anchorage-based Serve Alaska Youth Corps (SAYC) program. Alaskan residents aged 17-24 years old are eligible for this AmeriCorps program, whose goals are to provide workforce training and job and life skills to young people in order to enhance their employability and leadership skills.
SAYC crews work for 10 weeks beginning on June 4 and projects this year include removing invasive weeds, building trails, clearing brush, cleaning up marine debris and other field-based projects on public lands in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska.
The SAYC program is a residential work program, where crews camp, cook and live together at work sites all summer. During the course of their service, SAYC members learn basic job skills such as how to submit an effective job application, how to create a resume and job-searching skills. Depending on the age and needs of the crew members, SAGA also teaches life skills such as how to balance a checkbook, understanding your credit score and positive communication skills and conflict resolution.
SAYC crews earn a living stipend of around $1,000 a month during the summer and then receive an education award of approximately $1,400 at the end of their service, which can be used to pay to attend trade schools and GED completion courses, and cover community college and university costs.
SAGA is a federally recognized nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide service-learning opportunities to improve lives, lands and communities in Alaska. Positions descriptions can be found online at www.servealaska.org. For more information, contact Mike Ksenyak, human resources manager at 907-790-6412.