• Journey Ahead Native Youth Community Project is a free, after-school program that addresses barriers to college and career success for Alaska Native and American Indian students enrolled in the ASD, both at Wendler Middle School and Central Middle School. Journey Ahead is administered by the Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) through in-school course support and after-school STEM skills-enhancing programming. CITC also provides career exploratory field trips and summer break camps through the CITC state-of-the art Fabrication Lab. The CITC certificated staff at Wendler Middle School provides in-school support, and after-school programming to 5pm daily, culturally-based education, and social service advocacy.


    After-school program includes snack (2:45pm-3:00), Power Hour (3:00-4:00pm), and Maker Hour (4:00-5:00pm).

    Success stories are made daily. Students enrolled in Journey Ahead have a 97% attendance school rate and show increased marks in core classes.


    Weekly, students are transported after school to the CITC Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab), which houses equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters, sand blasters, shop bots, molding equipment, and more. These weekly activities provide STEM-centered projects with industrial design concepts.


    To enroll, students must complete a full application.

    Journey Ahead- opening successful access to post-secondary college and career goals!