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CITC Education Innovation

First National Bank Alaska (Honorable Mention) - Anchorage, Alaska

2020 Community Commitment Awards Submission

  • Entry Category: Community & Economic Development
  • Asset Size: Small

Cook Inlet Tribal Council was established in 1983 to strengthen the program and social service capacity within the Cook Inlet region of southcentral Alaska in collaboration with eight federally recognized tribes. Each year, CITC serves more than 12,500 individuals through a wide array of integrated programs and service areas to help Alaskans achieve their full potential, with a particular focus on Alaska Natives - Alaska's First People. The educational outcomes of Alaska Native students has been a particular area of interest for CITC since its inception. In 2013 CITC developed an Education Innovation initiative to encourage private investment in their holistic approach that combines rigorous academics with connecting youth to opportunities outside the classroom. With a focus on innovation, creation and impact, the Education Innovation fund supports quality educational programs, such as CITC's Fab Lab, in-school services, parent educators, and Native Youth Olympic Games that empower youth for success in academics and in life. In late 2013, First National Bank Alaska made its first ,000 commitment to CITC's Education Innovation Fund in honor of CITC's 30th anniversary and since then, the bank has contributed over ,000 to CITC. First National renewed its commitment to CITC's unique classes with another ,000 pledge to the Education Innovation initiative in 2020, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Native Youth Olympics, which CITC has proudly produced since 1986.