As part of the pathway programs, our goal is to invest in the future of CVRF communities. At CVRF, interns receive focused career coaching, are assigned meaningful work assignments, and have the opportunity for learning experiences in other member villages, Seattle, and Dutch Harbor to increase their understanding of Coastal Villages’ operations. In 2019, 16 interns from 12 different CVRF communities worked in Anchorage or a CVRF community and earned nearly $110,000.
Kyle Kanuk has worked as a CVRF intern for four summers, after completing four summers of Youth to Work. In 2019, he worked at the Kongiganak CSC and supported CSRs and M/Ws in carrying out YTW program activities. Kyle appreciates the skills he learned while working for CVRF, especially the importance of listening carefully and respecting everyone around him.
Kyle is majoring in Yup’ik Language at UAF with an Occupational Endorsement for entry-level welding and expects to finish his degree in 2021. After finishing his coursework, he plans to work as a Yup’ik Language teacher in the Lower Kuskokwim School District.