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Empowering teen voice in Alaska

Annual Report 20122013 Iris Strongheart, 14, 2013 ATMI Radio Camp Participant


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

Julia Gebert, 13, 2013 Spirit of Youth Award Recipient

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What’s Inside: Message from the President & Executive Director

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Accomplishments 4 About Us 5 Our Programs 7 Who We Are 13 Financials 14 Many Thanks 16 Our Vision 17 Community Partners 17

Design and layout by Natasha Price

Selah Rees, 19, 2013 Spirit of Youth Award Recipient

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Dear Supporters of Alaska’s Youth, Thanks to the active engagement of our partners, board, friends and staff, Spirit of Youth is a thriving organization working to create, promote and recognize youth involvement in communities across Alaska. As you will read in this report, our highlights from 2013 are many. This year over 100 individuals took the time to nominate deserving teens from 43 different communities across Alaska for recognition. For a complete list of nominees visit spiritofyouth.org. The Alaska Teen Media program empowered teen voice across the state and conducted handson media training in 10 different communities. ATMI’s youth were contracted by 40 community agencies to conduct media trainings and produce content. ATMI student producers also developed more than 20 stories for their monthly broadcast, “In Other News.” Read more on page 10 and at alaskateenmedia.org. Spirit of Youth Champions around the state celebrated our Promote the Positive Campaign garnering a significant increase in individual giving and, even more importantly, increasing awareness of our programs and mission. We will continue to ensure our sustainability through business and community partnerships, striving to expand our impact and improving community opportunities for youth. Our staff, board of directors and partners have thrived in their efforts to empower youth voice. As always, we are especially grateful for the support from a broad range of friends who believe in our mission. Thank you for a great year and we look forward to sharing the successes of Alaska’s youth with you again in 2014. Sincerely,

Josh Wilson

President, Board of Directors

Karen Zeman Executive Director

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Create Alaska Teen Media Institute student reporters produced 22 stories in 2013 for “In Other News.�

Promote Through our positive media campaign, we broadcast 48 stories about youth each year to 76,000 listeners in nearly 100 Alaska communities.

Sarah Bartholomew, 17, Teen Advisory Council member

Recognize 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.

[I felt] excited and accomplished. It was nice to be recognized. I told my parents, my friends and the other adults who had been helping me in my efforts.

-Spirit of Youth award honoree

Kelly May (left), 18, 2013 Spirit of Youth Award Recipient

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Our Reach

Spirit of Youth Award Nominees

ATMI collaborations

Radio Stories and Stations

In 2013, Spirit of Youth reached more than 120 Alaska communities through its positive youth programs. 6


Program Highlights

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Recognition and Positive Media Campaign In 2013 Spirit of Youth received 156 nominations from 43 different communities in Alaska. Twenty-two nominees were selected to receive special awards at the statewide annual awards event in April 2014.

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 and the problems they cause.

Michael Bialy, Emily Berryman, Tony Boyer and Tandy Vangtan created the Bethel P.R.I.D.E. dance group after the AK P.R.I.D.E. troupe from Anchorage performed in Bethel. The group is dedicated to bringing their community together through artistic expression. This team of self-motivated teens spent a summer fundraising, recruiting and defining what Bethel P.R.I.D.E. is all about so their new tradition can be shared with other rural areas of Alaska.

Bethel P.R.I.D.E., 2014 Spirit of Youth Award Recipient

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In Their Words

50%

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Being recognized by

Spirit of Youth helped me earn respect

from people in my community.

57% My group and I felt so honored to accept this award. It made us feel important for our small group to be a part of something so big. It motivated each of us to keep doing what we do in our community and be better than we are now.

Spirit of Youth recognition inspires me to work harder to achieve my goals.

41%

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Being recognized

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Sydney Zuyus, 16, 2013 Spirit of Youth Award Recipient

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by Spirit of Youth

encourages me to make healthy life choices.

-Spirit of Youth award honoree

* Results from an anonymous survey of 2012 honorees

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Alaska Teen Media Institute Alaska Teen Media Institute’s radio show, “In Other

News,” is celebrating 10 years on the air in 2014. Teens who produce the show see it as a way to learn

things they don’t learn anywhere else and make a difference in the community. In September 2013, ATMI partnered with Bear Tooth Theatre in Anchorage for the first-ever “After School Special” film screening. The event gave young filmmakers the opportunity to have their work showcased to the community. More than 125 community members attended and 23 youth films were shown. Mario Davis, 21, ATMI producer

Producer Chloe Chaobal, 16, received first place honors at the 2013 Youth Journalism International Awards for her multi-media feature, “Aggressors, Victims, Bystanders.” Seventeen-year-old Arina Filippenko’s story on a local teen band was honored as one of this year’s top youth-produced radio stories in the nation by Public Radio Exchange.

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In Their Words

100%

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I feel respected and

included by the adults at ATMI.

75% “

Arina Filippenko, 17, ATMI producer

I have learned media skills that most people my age don’t know or haven’t heard of. If you plan on continuing your media studies outside of high school, ATMI is a great place to get a head start.

-ATMI Alumnus

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The skills I learn at ATMI help me do better in school.

100%

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ATMI is a safe, caring and encouraging environment.

* Results from a 2012 ATMI survey

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Spirit of Youth Teen Advisory Council The Spirit of Youth Teen Advisory Council was involved in community events all year, from organizing the annual Spirit of Youth Awards Dinner to volunteering at the grand opening of a local playground. SOYTAC also spent an afternoon creating positive sidewalk art at Denali Montessori School to welcome students during United Way’s Chalk the Walks.

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.

Increased staffing and saturation of event posts

have led to the addition of a comprehensive Google calendar and Tumblr blog.

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Board of Directors

Ally Beischer Student, UAA

Elizabeth Hensley NANA Regional Corp.

Kelsey Hernandez Student, UAA

Andrew Behrend Alaska Railroad

Jenny Sheasley Student, West High

Ley Schleich Education Specialist

Darrell Vincek Anchorage School District

Jessica Holden Information Insights

Mary Rita Ely Anchorage School District

Davyn Williams State of Alaska

Joshua Wilson Alaska Correctional Officers Association

Olivia Pepe-Phelps Student, Dimond High

Donna Bach Y-K Delta Health Corp.

Karthik Murugesan, P.E. Civil Engineer

Rhonda Johnson, DrPH, MPH, FNP UAA

Katherine Jernstrom The Boardroom

Our Staff Karen Zeman - Executive Director, Spirit of Youth

Rosey Robards - Director, Alaska Teen Media Institute

Shana Sheehy - Radio Story Producer

Robert Stormo - Assistant Director, Alaska Teen Media Institute

Cari Zawodny - Teen Advisory Council Coordinator

Natasha Price - Program Associate, Spirit of Youth

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2013 Financial Summary Sources of Funding State of Alaska......................................................................................................................$218,200 Assoc. of Alaska School Boards............................................................................................$26,944 United Way.............................................................................................................................$13,750 Community Impact Campaign...............................................................................................$5,900 Alaska Humanities Forum.......................................................................................................$5,800 Earned Income.......................................................................................................................$59,998 Individual Giving....................................................................................................................$19,290 Event Ticket Sales....................................................................................................................$3,835 Corporate/Foundation Donations........................................................................................$22,420 In-kind.......................................................................................................................................$5,258 Total Funding......................................................................................................$381,395 Functional Expenses Program Services .................................................................................................................$261,992 Media and Production...........................................................................................................$64,142 Management and General.....................................................................................................$57,021 Development and Marketing.................................................................................................$10,660 Total Functional Expenses...................................................................................................$393,815 Less In-kind Depreciation.....................................................................................................-$11,751 Total Expenses....................................................................................................$382,064 Assets and Liabilities Cash and Equivalents...........................................................................................................$141,063 Accounts/Grants Receivable.................................................................................................$47,033 Pre-paid Expenses and Deposits............................................................................................$1,695 Current Assets.......................................................................................................................$189,791 Property and Equipment.........................................................................................................$7,693 Total Assets...........................................................................................................................$197,484 Current Liabilities.....................................................................................................................$7,887 Total Net Assets..................................................................................................$189,597 Total Liabilities and Equity...................................................................................$197,484

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Program Services

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Functional Expenses

Media and Production 66% Management and General

Development and Marketing

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Many Thanks Major funding provided by:

State of Alaska Division of Behavioral Health Additional support from:

Association of Alaska School Boards United Way of Anchorage Rasmuson Foundation Alaska Humanities Forum Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority BP Atwood Foundation Mat-Su Health Foundation Simone Machamer Charitable Fund of the Juneau Community Foundation National Alliance for Media, Arts and Culture Alaska Airlines Era Aviation

Spirit of Youth Award Sponsors Rhonda Johnson & Don Bertolette Alaska Geographic Alaska Broadcasters Assoc. Altman Rogers & Co. Architects Alaska Denali Alaska Credit Union Donlin Gold Enstar First National Bank of Alaska NANA Anchorage Marriott Agnew-Beck Municipal Light & Power PIP Printing

Your continued help is crucial:

Hailey Hughes (left), 17, 2013 Spirit of Youth nominee

Thank You to our individual donors ($200-$1,000) Karthik Murugesan BP Fabric of America Fund James McCoy William Streever Jaci Mellott James Miller and Mary Olson Shana Sheehy HDR Jan Hazen Katherine Jernstrom Becky Judd Elizabeth Hensley & Maligiaq Padilla Heather & Josh Harris Karl & Ley Schleich Terra A. Rentz Carol Schatz Andre Layral Barbara Hall Bill & Brenda Holden

Capt. Robert & Elizabeth Moss Davyn & David Williams Delisa Culpepper Diane Moxness James Durr Jean Sauget Jim Torgerson Joan Fisher Lauren Suiter Mary Rita Ely McHugh Pierre Melissa A. Branch Michael Kerosky Mollie Boyer Peter Stortz T.M. Grovier Vikram B. Patel Josh Wilson

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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Our Vision: Empowered and engaged youth celebrated across Alaska

Spirit of Youth’s five-year strategic plan to accomplish this goal includes the following steps: 1. Empower Spirit of Youth to become recognized statewide as a leader in championing youth. 2. Support all Alaska communities to demonstrate commitment to creating, promoting and recognizing youth involvement. 3. Expand strategic partnerships statewide. 4. Achieve a diversified revenue stream and long-term fiscal stability.

Community Partners Tony Boyer, 13, of Bethel P.R.I.D.E., 2014 Spirit of Youth Award Recipient

RurAL CAP Association of Alaska School Boards Koahnic Broadcasting System (KNBA) Anchorage School Business Partnerships Arctic Entries Alaska Wellness Coalition Anchorage Youth Development Coalition

Alaska Press Club US Forest Service Anchorage Cradle to Career 90% by 2020 Alaska Youth Advocates Statewide Suicide Prevention Council Anchorage Public Library

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

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Spirit of Youth's digital annual report for 2012-2013.