Education & Employment

For young people experiencing homelessness, finding a job is very difficult, if not impossible. Many have minimal education and no one to offer guidance on the basics, like writing a resume or preparing for an interview. They're completely unfamiliar with what it takes to land, and keep, a job.

Covenant House Alaska is committed to helping our residents discover their talents, explore careers and find employment. We know this is the most important step to ensuring their future financial independence and a life off the streets. Through our Education and Employment Services, and with help from our on-site community partners at our Youth Engagement Center, youth can access the support and resources they need to complete their high school education or a GED program, pursue advanced education, gain employment skills and find a job.

Services Available:

  • Career Counseling
  • On-Site Anchorage School District Classroom
  • College and Vocational Referrals
  • Intern/Externship Opportunities
  • Life Skills Activities
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Job Search and Education Workshops
  • Resume and Cover Letter Building
  • Professional Clothing
  • Education and Employment Referrals
  • Tutoring

Expanding Access to Education—One Size Does Not Fit All

Only 35 percent of youth have a high school diploma when they first arrive at Covenant House Alaska. By the time they move forward from our programs, 71 percent have achieved a high school diploma or GED! We have dramatically expanded the range of our high school programs so that youth can achieve education in a variety of ways, from onsite ASD classrooms to GEDs to the nationally-recognized JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) program. It’s never too late for youth to earn a degree for a lifetime of independence.

We can’t thank our partners enough for helping us empower our youth with education.

  • Nine Star Education & Employment
  • United Way
  • AT&T
  • Anchorage School District
  • Cook Inlet Tribal Council
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation

For more information about Employment and Education Services at Covenant House Alaska, please contact Hilary Patterson at 907-339-4259 or

Funders and CHA Executive Director Alison Kear standing with shovels at Breaking Ground ceremony Breaking Ground and Building Bridges for Youth Experiencing Homelessness July 1, 2021 - In June, Covenant House Alaska broke ground on its historic and innovative plan to build 22 micro-unit apartments for youth experiencing homelessness. We sat down with Executive Director, Alison Kear, to learn more.  Q: Alison, what an incredible time to be a supporter of Covenant House Alaska. We just broke ground on 22 micro-unit apartments on this very footprint on… Continue Reading