Rights of Passage


What is the Rights of Passage Program?


As they gain stability, youth can apply to CHA’s Rights of Passage, our transitional living program for older youth ages 18-24. This 25-bed program offers dorm-style living where youth learn essential life skills that help them live independently. This program is a critical starting point for at-risk youth for achieving long-term stability and ending the cycle of homelessness. We support them every step of the way. On average, 85 percent of youth find jobs and/or stable housing after leaving Rights of Passage’s transitional living program.


Are You a Youth Ready to Take the Next Step to Independence?


When you commit to the Rights of Passage Program you are investing in the type of big life changes that will keep you off the streets for good. You’ll have a curfew, attend classes, and even save a portion of your income to use for rent. You’ll learn regular, real-life responsibilities that will help you live and enjoy a successful future. Some of the life skills at Rights of Passage you will learn and receive include:

  • Educational assistance
  • Job readiness skills, including interviewing, proper dress, job retention and employer/employee interactions
  • Financial skills like paying rent, maintaining a checking account, saving money and budgeting
  • Cooking and healthy meal planning
  • Individual planning and goal-setting
  • Coordination and referral to community providers
  • 24-hour support staff
  • After-care to ensure stability and continued pursuit of goals

To enter the program, or for more information, please contact Nicole Stuemke, Program Director for Rights of Passage, at (907) 868-8800 or nstuemke@covenanthouseak.org


Zoryna (Zee) Lealai speaks on a panel about youth homelessness and social change Raising Our Voices: A Look Inside the Youth Voice Summit July 29, 2019 - The very first Youth Voice Summit took place May 30th, 2019, from 10am-5pm at Covenant House Alaska. The event, planned and organized by the Youth Task Force (YTF), was intended to inform the community about the problems and hurdles homeless Anchorage youth face. The YTF  is a diverse group of youth and young adults who have experienced homelessness and who… Continue Reading