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Spirit of Youth Annual Report 2016-2017

Empowering Teen Voice in Alaska


Mission Statement: Spirit of Youth is dedicated to creating, promoting and recognizing youth involvement in communities across Alaska.

Ava Earl performing at the 2017 Spirit of Youth Awards

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What’s Inside: Message from the President 3 Accomplishments 4 About Us 5 Our Programs 6 Financials 13 Many Thanks 14 Community Partners 15

Spirit of Youth Teen Advisory Council member Tuan Graziano and Teen Advisory Council Coordinator Cari Zawodny

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Dear Supporters of Alaska’s Youth, As I look back on the past year, I am filled with a sense of pride. I am proud of the work Spirit of Youth has done to accentuate the positive as the organization continues to recognize and promote the many young people who are creating, helping, caring, problemsolving and leading in their communities every day. I have been honored to serve on the board of directors for eight years, and yet I never cease to be astounded by the incredible accomplishments Spirit of Youth, its dedicated staff and youth volunteers have made year after year. This year, for example, Spirit of Youth expanded its reach and impact by partnering with the Alaska PostSecondary Access and Completion Network for the Spirit of Youth Awards. That event was a great success and, hopefully, the beginning of a long and successful collaboration. Youth in our Alaska Teen Media Institute program produced an eight part series highlighting the 2017 Spirit of Youth Award Recipients. Youth stories told in youth voices send a message to young people that they and their peers are at the center of, and often the catalysts for, much of the good that happens in our communities. Above and beyond Spirit of Youth’s normal programming, the organization is helping Anchorage youth create bullying prevention campaigns that promote respect and inclusion. Story Works Alaska, Anchorage Youth Vote, You Are Not Alone and KNBA Youth Health Reporters have all had the opportunity to participate in the project and speak out against bullying. Through all of these programs and projects, Spirit of Youth inspires young Alaskans to bring their positive energy to bear in their own communities. This makes me optimistic that Alaska’s future will be in very good hands. I want to thank the board, staff and the Teen Advisory Council for their commitment to promoting Spirit of Youth’s mission and programs. We’ve had a great year, and I’m looking forward to the even better one to come.

Sincerely,

Andy Behrend President, Board of Directors


Create In 2016 youth produced 26 video projects as part of ATMI programs.

Promote Through our positive media campaign, we broadcast stories about youth each year to 94,000 listeners in nearly 100 Alaska communities.

Recognize Denali Schultz, 2017 Phoenix Award Recipient

Since 1997, more than 2,000 Alaska youth have received Spirit of Youth recognition.

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About us Spirit of Youth is a statewide organization working to unite Alaskans, of all ages, to promote positive youth development and increase resiliency and connectedness in Alaska’s youth. By working within the community, Spirit of Youth links adults and youth in healthy supportive relationships and creates opportunities for community engagement across the state.

It was the best feeling because, first the person who nominated me was a person who believed in me a lot. Also, there’s someone who is supporting me to reach my goals

Maiya Anderson, 2017 Dreamer Award Recipient.

-Spirit of Youth award honoree

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Program Highlights

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Recognition and Positive Media Campaign Project Highlights In 2016 Spirit of Youth received 107 nominations from 27 different communities

in Alaska. Sixteen nominees were selected to receive special awards and 8 were honored at the statewide annual awards event in March 2017.

Spirit of Youth reaches nearly 100 Alaska communities through its positive media campaign. The public is often unaware of the good things

young people do to improve

their communities. Media plays a major role in shaping public

perceptions of teens. Bringing to light positive images and stories about adolescents through media can help dismantle stereotypes. Shaela Asbury, 2017 Role Model Award Recipient

For the past four years, Colony High School Senior Jedediah Dean has been conducting independent research to determine whether radiation levels have been rising on the beaches of Prince William Sound as a result of the 2011 nuclear disaster at Fukushima. Jedediah has won a number of awards at the Alaska State Science and Engineering Fair, and placed second at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Jedediah Dean, 2017 Discovery Award Recipient

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In Their Words

65%

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Being recognized by

Spirit of Youth helped me earn respect

from people in my community.

60%

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I like how this program works! It nominates young teenagers for how hard they work and give them credit for it. When I was giving my time, I felt like I wasn’t really respected for the time I gave up. That was until you guys nominated me, and that makes me want to work more than ever.

Kaisa Reese Ahluniq Kotch, 2017 Lifesaver Award Recipient and Governor Bill Walker

-Spirit of Youth Honoree

Spirit of Youth recognition inspires me has increased my self-confidence.

65%

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Being recognized by

Spirit of Youth makes

me want to work harder to achieve my goals.

* Results from an anonymous survey of 2017 honorees

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Alaska Teen Media Institute Project Highlights

Alaska Teen Media Institute partnered with Sealaska Heritage Institute to host iPad digital-storytelling intensives at three Juneau Schools as well as a

weeklong summer workshop at the Vocational Training and Resource Center in Juneau. In all, ATMI staff

worked with a total of 404 Juneau youth to produce 104 short documentary films. The youth interviewed community members about storytelling, history,

language, culture, tradition and Tlingit values. The films were showcased at the Sealaska Heritage Institute

in Juneau and some of them were shared with 360 North Television.

In FY 16/17 ATMI collaborated with over 40 community partners to provide youth with opportunities to produce video, radio pieces, print stories, and graphic design.

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In Their Words

100%

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I feel respected and

included by the adults at ATMI.

100%

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The skills I learn at ATMI help me do better in school. ATMI student producers at the 2017 Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago.

After discovering ATMI, my passion for photography and videography totally took off. Thanks to them, I’ve traveled to places I would have otherwise never gone and met people I would have otherwise never met.

-ATMI producer

100%

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ATMI is a safe, caring and encouraging environment.

100%*

ATMI teaches me things I don’t get to learn anywhere else.

* Results from a 2016 ATMI survey

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Spirit of Youth Teen Advisory Council The 2016 teen advisory council was composed of some incredible, hardworking teens representing multiple high schools and the University of Alaska Anchorage. The group worked diligently to review nominations and plan this year’s Dr, Sueuss themed Spirit of Youth Awards. This year, the teen advisory council also took on the task of creating new awards categories. Several council members were also part of Anchorage Youth Vote and helped moderate a congressional candidate forum focused on issues related to youth.

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Que Pasa? Anchorage Que Pasa? Anchorage is an events calendar where teens can find positive activities in the Anchorage area such as volunteerism, education, the arts, sports and employment. Que Pasa’s presence has increased on social media platforms such as Twitter and Tumblr. More than 6,000 individuals utilize these services.

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Board of Directors

Katherine Jernstrom The Boardroom

Davyn Williams State of Alaska

Kacey Miller Student, University of Alaska Nome

Mary Kreta University of Alaska Fairbanks

Arina Fileppenko Alaska Permanent Capital Management

Lael Oldmixon UA College Savings Plan

Olive Sponholz Johnson Student, West High

Mary Rita Ely Anchorage School District

Andrew Behrend Alaska Railroad

Jessica Holden Braunlich Alaska Food Bank

Dan Dieckgraeff ENSTAR Natural Gas

Jens Jacobsen Nenana School District

Our Staff Karen Zeman - Executive Director, Spirit of Youth

Rosey Robards - Director, Alaska Teen Media Institute

Nithya Thiru - Communication Specialist, Spirit of Youth

Robert Stormo - Assistant Director, Alaska Teen Media Institute

Cari Zawodny - Teen Advisory Council Coordinator

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2016 Financial Summary Sources of Funding Individual Giving............................................................................................................................................................$13,762 Corporate Donations................................................................................................................................................$15,560 State of Alaska...........................................................................................................................................................$255,947 Foundations.....................................................................................................................................................................$17,684 Program Revenues..................................................................................................................................................$65,900 Net Assets Released from Restriction......................................................................................................$17,030 In-kind.....................................................................................................................................................................................$4,964 Use of Existing Net Assets..................................................................................................................................$32,379 Total Funding............................................................................................................$423,226

Functional Expenses Program Services....................................................................................................................................................$350,927 Management and General.................................................................................................................................$67,034 Less In-kind & Depreciation.................................................................................................................................$5,265 Total Expenses..........................................................................................................$423,226

Assets and Liabilities Assets....................................................................................................................................................................................$51,234 Liabilities.............................................................................................................................................................................$34,049 Total Net Assets...........................................................................................................$17,185 ..

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Many Thanks Major funding provided by:

State of Alaska Division of Behavioral Health Additional support from: United Way of Anchorage Atwood Foundation Alaska Community Foundation Alaska Humanities Forum Alaska State Council on the Arts Richard L. and Diane M. Block Foundation Carr Foundation

Spirit of Youth Award Sponsors ENSTAR Natural Gas Company UA College Savings Plan Atwood Foundation BP Nick Begich Scholarship Fund Alaska Airlines Mat-Su Health Foundation Alaska Children’s Trust The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority First National Bank of Alaska Altman Rogers & Co. Anchorage Education Association The Boardroom/Jernstrom Engineering Pride Foundation Alaska Correctional Officers Association

Savannah Rizzo, 2017 Visionary Award Recipient

Thank You to our individual donors ($100-$1,000) Andre Layral Andy Behrend Becky Judd Carl & David Wight Carol Comeau Catherine Straub Dan Dieckgraeff David & Carla Wight Davyn Williams Dawn D Bishop Kleweno Diane Olson Eric Milliken Grassroots Fair Trade Store Gregory Beischer Heather Coulehan The Honorable Morgan Christen & James Torgerson James Johnsen James Mc Coy James Miller Jens Jacobsen Jessica and Christian Braunlich Jim Torgerson John Bitney

Josh Hemsath Josh and Christina Wilson Karl and Ley Schleich Katherine Jernstrom Lael Oldmixon Laura Oden Lori Davey Mary Kreta Mary Rita Ely Nancy Johnson Nancy Nolan Natasha Pineda Patrick Clark Rhonda Johnson & Don Bertolette Shawn Obrien Suzanne Hull Travis Erickson Trevor Storrs Vikram Patel Will Hurr William Streever

Your continued help is crucial. Shrinking grant and corporate dollars mean we must count on the community to help provide us with positive programs for Alaska’s youth. By giving to Spirit of Youth you are developing good citizens.

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Community Partners Alaska Careline Alaska Coalition for Education Equity Alaska Injury Prevention Center Alaska Post-Secondary Action & Completion Network Alaska Press Club Anchorage Public Library Anchorage Youth Development Coalition Arctic Entries Association of Alaska School Boards Bear Tooth Theatre Cathloic Social Services Healthy Voices, Healthy Choices

Kawerak Keys to Life Koahnic Broadcast Corporation KTUU-TV League of Women Voters Anchorage RurAL CAP Sealaska Story Works Alaska United Way of Anchorage US Fish & Wildlife Service - Alaska Region Volunteers of America West Anchorage High School You are Not Alone

Kaulani Napoleon, 2017 Humanitarian Award Recipient Quantum Mechanics, 2017 Innovator Award Recipient

Spirit of Youth | P.O. Box 243721 Anchorage, AK 99524 | (907) 272-2875

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