This summer the WAYK team, including at least 3 WAYK interns, and members of the regional Unangam Tunuu core team will travel to St. Paul Island to work with a team of local speakers and youths, organized by Aquilina Lestenkof and Anna Melovidov. The primary goals of the Summer Intensive (May 28th-August 20th) will be increased fluency for all program participants, enhanced teaching and facilitation skills, and the continued development and expansion of the existing Unangam Tunuu curriculum. All participants will be trained in the fundamentals of WAYK, and will help to develop and document language lessons based on our immersion sessions.
This summer program represents the next phase of our collaboration with the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island and the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, as well as other communities throughout the region. Additional support for this project will be provided by The Aleut Corporation, The Aleut Foundation, the Administration for Native Americans, the Alaska Native Education Program, the Central Bering Sea Fisherman’s Association, and other regional and local organizations.