Mentorship Program

An innovative approach to addressing the unique challenges faced by rural Alaska Native students and communities. The project aims to strengthen Alaska Native secondary-student graduation rates and higher-education pursuits, helping students in attaining career goals through a community career pathways mentorship program.

NEW – KEF’s Year 2 Community Mentorship Grant Report

Our evaluators at Partnow Consulting recently completed the Year 2 reporting on this innovative project. To review a copy of the report, please click the link to follow:

KEF Year 2 Report, Final


We are focused on serving Kodiak Island communities and improving family engagement as we develop tools and programs to increase parent involvement, educational perseverance and best practices for student success to be shared throughout the state of Alaska.

  • Increase community engagement in schools by 30 percent.
  • Increase access to Alaska Native student-outcomes data and community engagement in data-based decision-making in local schools.
  • Increase the Alaska Native graduation rates for Kodiak Island high school students from 68 percent to 82 percent Improve teacher retention by 60 percent.

Through media, statewide education coalitions and exchange opportunities, we will share our project with the goal of other Indigenous groups across the state and nation modeling their own similar, family engagement, education projects.


The important work of this grant would not be possible without community input and partnerships. That’s why KEF is pleased to have broad support from across Kodiak Island. Key partners include the following, as well as the local and tribal governments in the communities that this grant serves:

  • U.S. Department of Education
  • Kodiak Island Borough School District
  • Kodiak College
  • Kodiak Area Native Association
  • The Alutiiq Museum
  • Healthy Native Community Partnership
  • And many other collaborators to maximize these efforts

An education specialist to be located in Kodiak, rural community advocates for each of the villages and college mentors will be hired for this project to improve students’ educational success, starting as early as fifth grade. KEF is working with Partnow Consulting in evaluating this grant to help us make a positive impact through this work.