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 hpatterson@covenanthouseak.org.


Covenant House Alaska Youth Engagement Center Reggie’s Story June 22, 2021 - Thank you to Jenifer Lachance, Covenant House Alaska YEC Associate Program Coordinator for Minor Youth, and Sara Jean Greenberg, Referral Specialist for Minor Youth, for sharing their direct experience with this young man. Reggie arrived at Covenant House Alaska with raised fists and a short fuse. Just shy of 18, Reggie didn't quite understand his size or strength yet. This… Continue Reading