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KeyBank presents Tanana Chiefs Conference with grant for teen work program

Fully funds a new program


KeyBank representatives presenting a check to Tanana Chiefs Council representatives for a winter youth employment program, left to right, Laura Gillen/KeyBank Relationship Officer, Bryan Powell/KeyBank Commercial Banking RM, Katina Charles/TCC Employment and Training Youth Manager, Brenda Krupa/TCC Employment and Training Manager.

Photo courtesy of KeyBank

On Friday, Jan. 27, KeyBank presented Tanana Chiefs Conference with a check for $9,240, its largest grant to the group to date. The donation will be used to fully fund a new program that will provide winter employment experience for 10 teens in three rural Interior villages. It builds on a successful summer work program that employs about 150 youths annually; until now, they haven’t been able to fund a winter program. The impact on the teens will be immeasurable in terms of building self-esteem, knowledge, and awareness of future employment possibilities.


Tanana Chiefs Conference is an Alaska Native non-profit corporation, charged with advancing Tribal self-determination and enhancing regional Native unity. They meet the health and social service needs of Tribal members and beneficiaries throughout the region.


The check was presented in front of approximately 100 of the group’s tribal representatives from each of the 38 villages represented by Tanana Chiefs Conference. They were especially appreciative of Key’s gift, as the majority of their funding comes from federal and state sources, and they receive very little private money. 


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