Alaska Children’s Trust
Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) is a catalyst for the development of community-based child abuse and neglect prevention in Alaska. As a grant maker, ACT is an incubator for innovative new programs and services related to building on the strengths of both the family and the community.
Founded in 1988, ACT is focused on changing the way Alaskans think about child abuse and neglect prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to make sure Alaskan children remain safe. ACT recognizes that the healthy child development is an essential building block for community and economic development.
As the statewide lead organization focused on the prevention of child abuse and neglect, ACT is committed to ensuring Alaska’s children and families live in safe, stable and nurturing environments.
Alaska Afterschool Network is the only statewide organization dedicated to increasing afterschool and expanded learning opportunities for school-age children, youth, and families in Alaska. In 2013, with the support of the State of Alaska Department of Education and several afterschool programs and funders across the state, Alaska Children's Trust (ACT) was awarded a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to create the Alaska Afterschool Network.
Research shows that afterschool programs increase student’s attendance, grades, and graduation rates; decrease expulsions; increase self-esteem, causing a reduction in suicide; and builds the protective factors to overcome trauma. Afterschool programs are the strongest impact on decreasing the odds of a youth engaging in risk behaviors like alcohol consumption or crime. These programs directly support the Strengthening Families Five Protective Factors.