For the past two summers, youth workers have
been employed by the Anvik Tribal Council under the IGAP grant.
The name they were given was Youth Environmental Tribal Interns
(YETI's). YETI's start work in June of each year and end in
YETI's do a variety of tasks to help the environment
such as; helping out the elders with hauling trash and water,
emptying garbage barrels around town, constructing big wooden
boxes used for recycling, and crushing and packing cans for
shipping. Money that is collected from recycling will go towards
the teen center.
The IGAP Program collects e-goods (electronics
such as microwaves, TV's and stereos) and white goods (freezers,
fridges and stoves) from around town. These items are packaged
and put on pallets to be shipped out on the barge.
During Summer 2007 Youth Workers dug a community
garden, hung signs at the riverbank, dump and sewer lagoon,
and have conducted dump clean-ups every few weeks, fixed the
riverbank lean-to and made benches at the rivers edge for
people to use to view the river. Workers cut a large amount
of grass and willows around town, focusing on blind spots
that are a potential danger to motor vehicle operators and
Road signs were designed, painted, and placed
at intersections. The Anvik Tribal Council's IGAP Program
once again participated in the Yukon River Inter Tribal Watershed
Council's (YRITWC) backhaul program and backhauled a variety
of old junk vehicles that can be recycled such as; old boats,
old three-wheeler frames, old four-wheelers and old snow machines.
YETI's attended the YRITWC annual summit at
St. Mary's from August 9th - 13th, 2007
and enjoyed their time spent there. Those that attended the
summit, positively expressed the amount of information they
The Environmental Office has gotten a lot
of nice compliments, from the community, on what a great job
the youth have done. It hasn't gone unnoticed that kids involved
in the YETI program have stayed out of trouble. Youth workers,
employed during Summer 2007, were supervised by Environmental
Assistant Roseanne Kruger.