Raven's Quest Summer Institute
Classroom activities at Raven's Quest Summer Institute are highly varied. They include small group discussions, lectures, guest speakers, team building activities, research, statistics and writing. Participants are divided into small groups at the beginning of the Summer Institute. These groups work with one Peer Mentor throughout the Institute. The groups give participants an opportunity for small group discussion, as well as academic and emotional support.
Topics during the Summer Institute included cultural diversity, counseling skills, ethics, confidentiality, and many more. Students were introduced to the various behavioral health degree programs in the University of Alaska system, as well as career opportunities in the behavioral health field. Special workshops were also conducted about financial aid, resume writing and job interviews.
During the 8 week Summer Institute, students were given the opportunity to work on boosting academic skills, especially in the areas of research and writing papers. This year, due to a generous grant from the Rasmuson Foundation, each participant had the use of a laptop. For some students this was a good first introduction to the world of computers.