Sealaska is partnering with the Village of Kake, AK (Keex’ Kwaan) to help stand up a youth teen center. Community partners include the city of Kake and the federally recognized tribe, Organized Village of Kake. The community organizations came together to solve a problem and remove any barriers that could prevent the teens from having a youth center.
Sealaska approved financial support to open a facility that will offer a positive and safe space for youth.
Kake plans to renovate the former National Guard Armory building. According to the city, the building is still in good condition but there are issues with the water and sewer. The $50,000 Sealaska donation will allow renovations to the building utilities.
“Through surveys, shareholders tell Sealaska that investments in our youth are a top priority,” said Sealaska Board Chair Joe Nelson. “We commend the youth who identified a critical need and developed a solution. This approach made the investment an easy decision.”
The community looks forward to the new space for cultural and educational activities. The Organized Village of Kake has identified opportunities for positive youth programming such as health and wellness, cultural teachings, technical skills and more.