Humanities forum seeks teens for urban-rural exchange

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Humanities Forum is looking for students who want to participate in the Urban-Rural Youth Program.

The exchange program sends urban Alaska teens to rural communities to learn about village life and sends rural teens to cities for a look at city life.

Twenty urban teens and ten rural youths participated in the program last year, the first year of the program.

The aim of the program is to help foster understanding between rural and urban Alaskans, program director Panu Lucier said.

She ultimately envisions a teacher exchange, youth liaisons and a sister-cities program. Organizers hope to eventually have 100 participants each year. And they'd like to spread them across the state.

Sixteen villages are ready to host teens and Juneau has been added as a host city. Starting this year, urban students will participate in a rural spirit camp before reporting to their assigned villages for a 19-day visit.

A $300 application fee covers the cost of a student's stay with a host family. Students wishing to participate must submit a brief essay and forms by Feb. 8.

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