Context, Challenge, and Our Response
Covenant Youth of Alaska is a relational outreach, discipleship, and leadership ministry for Alaska youth and young adults. Part of understanding CYAK's mission, vision, and values, and what we do, involves understanding the context in which our ministry is working.
The Context: Alaska is BIG! Its so big, that every man, woman and child in America could have one acre of land, and there still would be 800,000 acres of wilderness remaining! If you superimpose a map of Alaska over the lower 48 states, Alaska would reach from the East to the West. A large number of the state's population of 660,000 is made up of people living in rural villages which can only be accessed by plane, boat, or snowmachine.
The Challenge: Alaska Native youth have some of the highest rates of suicide, teen pregnancy and sexual abuse in the country. The United Nations considers the death by violent accident rate equivalent to a war zone. Because of various reasons including Alaska's remote geographical location, the struggles of Alaska Native people groups are not on the national radar.
Our Response: In 1992, Covenant Youth of Alaska was formed in response to this crisis through the Evangelical Covenant Church of Alaska (now the Alaska Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church). Today, CYAK works in collaboration with churches and ministries for the cause of ministry to young people in Alaska.
Covenant Youth of Alaska | PO Box 203356 | Anchorage, AK 99520 | phone: 907.625.1525 | fax: 888.583.4124 | firstname.lastname@example.org
A ministry of the Alaska Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church