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Community Impact
ASCF strengthens the Arctic Slope region through financial literacy, supporting education from adults to early childhood. We support infrastructure for community safety and health, while preserving the Iñupiaq language to sustain cultural identity. Join us in building a resilient future together.

ASCF Programs

Early Childhood Education

  • In the Iñupiaq culture, we believe that parents are the first teachers of children. Our children are the future, so at ASCF we are always seeking ways to provide support and development for early childhood education. 

K-12 Education

  • In the Arctic, life revolves around our children and their education. Many times the school is the largest facility in the community, and it is a place of not only learning, but also community events, funerals, celebrations, and so much more. ASCF works together with community leaders to identify educational needs and bridges them with funding opportunities. 

Adult Education

  • ASCF is deeply invested in the success of our region through supporting education initiatives.

Iñupiaq Language

  • The preservation and perpetuation of the Inupiaq langauge has been identified by organizations across the Arctic Slope as a critical need. The Inupiaq language is a framework or "code" that the Inupiaq worldview is built upon. As we work to revitalize our language project by project, we strengthen our community from within. 

Infrastructure

  • Infrastructure development is an area that is critical to improving the quality of life among the Arctic Slope region, and ASCF has a dedicated Federal Grants team that is continually searching for opportunities to build infrastructure that helps keep our communities safe, healthy, and strong. 

Capacity Building

  • At ASCF we believe in building capacity across the Arctic Slope region. We work to empower our region's leaders through teaching financial literacy. Understanding financial management for organizations is a cornerstone for successful village organizations. 

K-12 Education

In the Arctic, life revolves around our children and their education. Many times the school is the largest facility in the community, and it is a place of not only learning, but also community events, funerals, celebrations, and so much more. ASCF works together with community leaders to identify educational needs and bridges them with funding opportunities. 

Our Goal

Increase success of our k-12 students

Our Action

ASCF has supported the following projects: AEF Future Leaders, AEF Culture Camp, Project LEARN, Project WRITE,  and various other programs designed help our youth. 

Our Progress

See Youth Programs

Capacity Building

At ASCF we believe in building capacity across the Arctic Slope region. We work to empower our region's leaders through teaching financial literacy. Understanding financial management for organizations is a cornerstone for successful village organizations.

Our Goal

Increase financial literacy for community leaders who run ogranizations 

Our Action

ASCF carries out the Success for Nonprofit Audit Preparation (SNAP). SNAP is a program that involves hands-on learning, bringing a CPA and ASCF staff onsite to work with village organization staff and leadership. The program includes a site-vist, monthly check-ins and suggested improvements of financial managemet for the organization. Through this program, participants are learning together as a cohort, discussing industry standards and best practices. 

Our Progress

ASCF carried out the Community Navigator Pilot Program, funded by the United Small Business Administration. During this CNPP program, we realized that the #1 area of need  was in financial literacy. This is why we launched SNAP in July of 2023. We are nearing the end of SNAP phase I, and we are proud to say we've helped 8 organizations across the region with understanding finance and how to build a nonprofit from scratch. Phase II begins July 1, 2024 and we look forward to another year of learning, building and growing capacity in the Arctic Slope region!

Youth Programs

Education 10-12
AEF Future Leaders

  • Help identify and develop the career interests of young men and women across the region by giving them exposure to real life careers of leaders in the region.

  • High school graduates who have an understanding of the path it takes to get to the career they are interested in. 

  • Arctic Education Foundation is a nonprofit education foundation who not only gives out scholarships, but also carries out programs designed to empower Inupiat students to become effective contributors for their community. ASCF has supported the AEF Future Leaders program to help expose junior and senior level students to careers across the Arctic Slope region. This program is valuable for preparing our people for life after graduation. The Arctic Education Foundation (AEF) is a valued partner of ASCF, and we support them with our shared goal of improving the quality of life for our Arctic Slope communities. 

Education K-12

Project Write

  • Help young adults with their literacy and writing skills through the development of Career and Technical Education curriculum for Alaskan schools.

  • Rural students who graduate high school with understanding of basic technical writing skills. 

  • Project WRITE was designed to help develop Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum for rural Alaska to strengthen writing skills. This program fosters literacy in reading and writing, preparing our young people to enter society with the basic skills needed to be prepared for their first job, or their first year in college. 

Education 6-12

AEF Culture Camp

  • Develop the region's youth through culture camps to reinforce culturally identity, which helps support long-term success of the region. 

  • AEF Culture Camp helps develop our young people's cultural knowledge and self-identity, which ultimately helps with fostering successful community members of the Arctic Slope society. 

  • Every year, AEF hosts a regional culture camp for our Arctic Slope youth which is designed to teach participants how to camp and live off the land. This camp exposes youth to subsistence hunting and gathering practices, traditional land use, Arctic survival skills, and Inupiaq terminology related to camping.  Not every family has the means and abililty to go camping, so this provides an opportunity  that some youth may otherwise never have. Cultural self-identity is important to the growth and development of our youth, so ASCF is a proud supporter of this program.

Education K-12
Project Learn

  • Educational support via Boys and Girls Clubs across rural Alaska to help give students an environment to thrive in their studies 

  • Rural students who are more successful in their education, through the additional development opportunities provided by the Boys and Girls Clubs across rural Alaska. 

  • For many years ASCF has supported the Alaska Boys and Girls Clubhouses, which provide a safe, social and supportive environment for our rural children to learn and grow. ASCF is committed to supporting our Alaska Boys and Girls Club as a way to support the well-being of our youth, and empower them to do better in school. 

ASCF Flagship Programs

Empowering Communities

Inupiaq Online

Cutting edge technology meet Inupiaq linguistics to develop this online dictionary and grammar tool to help Inupiatun language learners.

Tribal Educator Apprenticeship

Department of Labor approved apprenticeship that created a pathway for paraprofessionals to become certified teachers. Participating apprentices are able to get certified to teach through this unique program that combines distance education and on-the-job training for college credit.

Success for Nonprofit Audit Preparation

Special program that helps organizations across the Arctic Slope prepare for audit through participating in financial literacy workshops and having a certified public accountant visit on-site to help suggesting improvements for standard protocol.

ASCF Local Grants

ASCF distributes grant funds to eligible organizations for projects or programs in the Arctic Slope region that are designed to help improve the quality of life for residents. The ASCF Board of Directors have directed ASCF staff to distribute approximately $1,000,000 a year.

Bible Translators

The Seed Company, Canadian Bible Society, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and ASCF are project sponsors for the Bible Translators Program, which supports a group of elders translate the Bible from English to Inupiaq. This program is valuable, as it provides an additional resource for Inupiatun language learners additional content to access.

ASCF Gaming and Fundraising Events

ASCF distributes grant funds to eligible organizations for projects or programs in the Arctic Slope region that are designed to help improve the quality of life for residents. The ASCF Board of Directors have directed ASCF staff to distribute approximately $1,000,000 a year.

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