Youth and Young Adult Services

Program Manager

Synergy project purpose is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance abuse, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among Alaska Native youth/young adults up to age 24. I work with the ITC (Interagency Transition Council) which is made up of 17 members in the community. The purpose of the ITC is to develop the infrastructure necessary to promote comprehensive, integrated and sustainable services to Alaska Native youth and young adults. I also work on updating policies and procedures, social marketing campaign, promote community conversations regarding historical trauma.

Strategic Prevention Framework
Program Manager Kyrstin Leino

Fairbanks Alaska Native Strategic Prevention Framework also known as Fairbanks SPF. The goal is to prevent the onset of and reduce the progression of alcohol abuse and reduce the consequences and related problems of alcohol use/abuse among 9-20 year olds in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. This will be implemented by a strong community coalition known as the Interagency Transition Council (ITC) and an annual updated infrastructure plan in place. We will work with lawmakers, police, public safety, juvenile justice and liquor stores on Environmental Strategies to effect change in policies, laws, ordinances to limit access and harmful consequences of alcohol use.

Program Manager, Mohamed Cisse

Suicide prevention for Alaska Native youth, young adults, and families. Monitors case management function to assure target numbers are achieved and case management is operating as designed. Assure screening and brief intervention being conducted on ages 10-15; recruitment of this age group. Develop staff component of Outreach plan to be integrated into  Youth Council Outreach Plan. Mohammed Cisse is also the program for Building Bridges, the suicide prevention program for adults. 

Family Services
Program Coordinator Gabrielle Johnson

Evidence-Based Practices and meth and other drugs are included in Social Marketing Plan. Meth and other drug prevention services.  Implement Coping and Support Training (positive youth development) and Guiding Good Choices (family members);  Technical Assistants will determine site for services. Monitor participation in EBP’s to include outreach plan. Facilitate family outreach events to build strong and healthy family bonds.

Family Wellness 
Program Manager Jackie Sunnyboy

The Infant/Child Mental Health Services Project is an exciting addition to FNA’s Behavioral Health. We are partnered with THRIVE and ACCA to provide mental health services to children from birth to 8 years old and their families. Project partners will  promote wellness by addressing social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and behavioral development while meeting the goals and objectives of the project. By removing service silos, this partnership will provide simultaneous coordinated mental health and early childhood services.

Street Outreach Advocacy Program
Program Manager Rebecca Buckles

This outreach program provides services for children ages 10 to 25 years old who are at high risk of becoming homeless or are currently homeless, or have run away from home. S.O.A.P.’s goal is to protect youth from abuse, sexual exploitation, assault, and to help prevent involvement in criminal activity due to their lack of money or supportive resources.