Ready, Set, Succeed: Covey Academy’s Cutting-Edge Approach to Workforce Readiness

Kerry Reifel Events

At Covenant House Alaska’s Covey Academy, we are at a critical stage in developing a program that truly prepares young Alaskans for success in the workforce. Based on our first year’s results and feedback from partners, students, and local businesses, it is clear we must double down on teaching core “soft” and workforce readiness skills. We have selected the nationally-recognized …

Making a Move to Mentoring

Kerry Reifel Events, Mentor, Volunteer Stories

by: Kris Johnson Christi Meyn, an Anchorage native, has found her calling in volunteering as a mentor in the Rights of Passage program at Covenant House Alaska,. Christi admits that she can’t remember the exact moment of her first encounter with Covenant House. The presence of the house in the Anchorage community is so ubiquitous that it became a natural …

Baking Up Success

Kerry Reifel Events, Our Youth

By: Kerry Reifel For most children, fundraisers for extra-curricular activities are a pretty common rite of passage while growing up.   But, at Covenant House Alaska (CHA), many of our youth haven’t had those simple childhood experiences, which is what makes four Covey Youth’s recent accomplishment so much more significant.  A group of CHA youth created the opportunity of a lifetime …

Volunteer Spotlight: Grace Blouin

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Aug. 12, 2022 By Sam Buisman – Covenant House Alaska Staff Writer Most people are excellent at a few things or can do well at a lot of things. However, Grace Blouin is not like most people, with seemingly no limit to her excellence. For years upon years, Grace has served at Covenant House Alaska with an unmatched enthusiasm for …

Volunteer Spotlight: Theresa Rodgers

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By M. Main – Covenant House Volunteer Blogger Theresa Rodgers is a long-standing volunteer who has been with Covenant House Alaska since they opened their doors.  Originally from the Northeast United States and currently a nurse with the Alaska Native Medical Center, Theresa moved to Alaska on a two-year work contract in 1986 and never left. Upon arrival, she quickly …

Volunteer Spotlight: Andrew Dahlin

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July 11, 2022 By Sam Buisman, Covenant House Alaska Staff Writer It’s well known that seven is a lucky number, and we at Covenant House Alaska feel both lucky and humbled to have had Andrew Dahlin as a volunteer for the past seven years! As a volunteer for five years and a mentor for the past two, Andrew has given …

Volunteer Spotlight: Heidi and Mike Valantas

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May 20, 2022 By Sam Buisman – Covenant House Alaska Staff Writer One of the greatest perks of Covenant House Alaska is getting to see exceptional people rise up to do exceptional things. But when the husband-and-wife duo Heidi and Mike Valantas come in to volunteer, we get to see not just one, but two of such people! While Heidi …

Volunteer Spotlight Hayley Chronkhite

Volunteer Spotlight: Hayley Cronkhite

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Apr. 20, 2022 By Sam Buisman – Covenant House Alaska Staff Writer With this month’s Volunteer Spotlight falling within National Volunteer Week, we want to celebrate our volunteer Hayley Cronkhite, who was Covenant House Alaska’s honoree at Anchorage’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.  For over two years, Hayley has opened up the Art Room at our Youth Engagement Center for our youth …

Volunteer Spotlight: Activities with Amelia

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Mar. 24, 2022 By Sam Buisman – Covenant House Alaska Staff Writer Our volunteers breathe joy into Covenant House Alaska, and no one exemplifies this better than Amelia Jeffries, whose weekly activity series remains highly anticipated and thoroughly loved by our youth.  After Amelia moved from Australia and began volunteering at Covenant House Alaska, her weekly “Activities with Amelia” has …

Volunteer Spotlight: Tanna’s Career Journey

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Feb. 24, 2022 By Sam Buisman – Covenant House Alaska Staff Writer Covenant House Alaska is an organization designed to uplift everyone under its roof. This is why many members of our team, like Tanna Lee, have risen from volunteering to working at Covey through our career opportunities.  After volunteering to give back to a nonprofit that once came to …