Spirit of Youth

Creating, promoting and recognizing youth involvement in communities across Alaska. Email the blog at info@spiritofyouth.org.

Wasilla teen speaks out against bullying, receives Spirit of Youth Award - 3/17/2014 11:11 am

North Star Youth Court prosecutor receives Spirit of Youth Award - 3/14/2014 12:49 pm

Young Anchorage entrepreneur designs survival bracelet, receives Spirit of Youth Award - 3/13/2014 11:19 am

Wasilla youth creates special needs pageant, receives Spirit of Youth Award - 3/12/2014 10:05 am

Anchorage youth musician helps homeless teens, receives Spirit of Youth Award - 3/7/2014 10:58 am

Stony River teen fights to keep school open, receives Spirit of Youth Award - 3/5/2014 9:25 am

Kodiak teen to receive Spirit of Youth Award for Science & Environment - 3/3/2014 12:15 pm

Shaktoolik teen receives Spirit of Youth award for ocean bravery - 2/28/2014 9:07 am

Wasilla teen speaks out against bullying, receives Spirit of Youth Award

After years of being bullied in school, 15-year-old Heather Johnson decided to do something about it. The Wasilla teen wrote the book "Hidden Voice: A Story of Discovering Hidden Strengths," which published in 2012.

Heather has been selected as a 2014 Spirit of Youth Award Recipient in the category of Business & Government.

Heather Johnson, 15, is being honored with the 2014 Spirit of Youth Award in Business & GovernmentHeather Johnson, 15, is being honored with the 2014 Spirit of Youth Award in Business & Government

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North Star Youth Court prosecutor receives Spirit of Youth Award

Jezzroy Gordon-Wolfe helps his peers make positive life choices. He is a prosecuting attorney and serves on the board of directors for North Star Youth Court in Fairbanks. Gordon-Wolfe is being honored with the 2014 Spirit of Youth Service to Peers Award.

Jezzroy Gordon-Wolfe of Fairbanks receives Spirit of Youth Service to Peers AwardJezzroy Gordon-Wolfe of Fairbanks receives Spirit of Youth Service to Peers Award

Jolee Sudsbury, North Star Youth Court Executive Director, said Gordon-Wolfe makes sure the youth who come through their court receive appropriate sentencing.

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Young Anchorage entrepreneur designs survival bracelet, receives Spirit of Youth Award

Wilderness survival is a top priority for Grayson Davey, who recently received a 2014 Spirit of Youth Award in the category of Business & Government.

Grayson Davey of Anchorage designed a paracord survival bracelet, which he sells locally.Grayson Davey of Anchorage designed a paracord survival bracelet, which he sells locally.

Davey, age 12, is an avid outdoorsman and has lots of experience surviving in the Alaska wilderness.

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Wasilla youth creates special needs pageant, receives Spirit of Youth Award

Gabrielle Zaleski is passionate about helping girls with special needs. She is being honored with the 2014 Spirit of Youth Service to Children Award.

Gabrielle Zaleski (far right) with the Miss Snowflake Pageant participantsGabrielle Zaleski (far right) with the Miss Snowflake Pageant participants

Last year, the 17-year-old Colony High School student created the Miss Snowflake Pageant, which spotlights girls with special needs and their abilities.

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Anchorage youth musician helps homeless teens, receives Spirit of Youth Award

Erica Loughrey of Anchorage is not only musically gifted but she also has a generous heart.

Erica Loughrey performs at Covenant House fundraising events and helps local homeless youth.Erica Loughrey performs at Covenant House fundraising events and helps local homeless youth.

Loughrey, 16, is passionate about the issues facing homeless teens in Anchorage. She seizes every opportunity to work with the youth at Covenant House Alaska.

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Stony River teen fights to keep school open, receives Spirit of Youth Award

Elizabeth Willis of Stony River has been selected as a 2014 Spirit of Youth Award recipient in the category of Service to Peers.

Elizabeth Willis was selected for the Spirit of Youth Service to Peers Award for her work to keep her school open.Elizabeth Willis was selected for the Spirit of Youth Service to Peers Award for her work to keep her school open.

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Kodiak teen to receive Spirit of Youth Award for Science & Environment

Leila Pyle of Kodiak has been selected as a 2014 Spirit of Youth Award recipient in the category of Science & Environment.

Pyle will be honored at the 16th Annual Spirit of Youth Awards Dinner April 5 in the category of Science & EnvironmentPyle will be honored at the 16th Annual Spirit of Youth Awards Dinner April 5 in the category of Science & Environment

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Shaktoolik teen receives Spirit of Youth award for ocean bravery

Donald Auliye knows how to think fast during times of crisis. The Shaktoolik teen has been selected as a 2014 Spirit of Youth award recipient in the category of Lifesaver & Prevention for his bravery and quick response during ocean emergencies.

Donald Auliye rescued two people from a capsized boat and will receive the 2014 Spirit of Youth Lifesaver & Prevention Award.Donald Auliye rescued two people from a capsized boat and will receive the 2014 Spirit of Youth Lifesaver & Prevention Award.

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Former Hmong refugee receives 2014 Spirit of Youth Award

Dao Her knows the true meaning of hard work. The University of Alaska Anchorage freshman has dedicated her young adult life to learning, family and pursuing her dreams. Her has been selected as a 2014 Spirit of Youth Award Recipient in the category of Overcoming Challenges.

Dao Her to receive the 2014 Spirit of Youth Award in Overcoming ChallengesDao Her to receive the 2014 Spirit of Youth Award in Overcoming Challenges

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Dimond student to receive Spirit of Youth Award for Media & Technology

How do Alaska skateboarders deal with winter?

Christian Hartwell, a senior at Dimond High School, set out to inform people just where Alaska skaters go when indoor skate parks aren't open. He produced a short film called "Skateboarding in Alaska," which was featured at the "After School Special " youth film screening put on by the Bear Tooth Theater and Alaska Teen Media Institute last fall. His film provides an opportunity for young Alaska skaters to have a voice and showcase their talents.

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Brooke McPheters posthumously honored with Spirit of Youth Award

Brooke McPheters of Anchorage is posthumously being honored with the 2014 Spirit of Youth Service to Community Award.

Brooke McPheters honored with Spirit of Youth Award in Service to CommunityBrooke McPheters honored with Spirit of Youth Award in Service to Community

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Bethel P.R.I.D.E. receives award for artistic community outreach

A youth performance group in Bethel has been selected as a 2014 Spirit of Youth Award recipient in the category of Fine Arts.

The Bethel P.R.I.D.E dance group performs at events around their community.The Bethel P.R.I.D.E dance group performs at events around their community.

Bethel P.R.I.D.E. performs and sponsors healthy youth events in their community. Students Emily Berryman, Tandy Vangtan, Michael Bialy and Tony Boyer created the group last year after Anchorage-based AK P.R.I.D.E. performed at the annual Cama-i Dance Festival.

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LGBTQ Youth to receive 2014 Spirit of Youth Award.

The Anchorage Youth Development Coalition's LGBTQ Youth Interns have been selected as 2014 Spirit of Youth Award recipients in the category of Service to Community.

AYDC LGBTQ Youth InternsAYDC LGBTQ Youth Interns

The LGBTQ Youth Interns comprises Eliza McGownd, Rechelle Houston, Hannah Gershel and Troy Walters. Together they engaged in a youth-led community assessment and developed an interactive training for adults to improve program quality to support the equality of LGBTQ teen experiences in youth-serving agencies.

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Barrow teens discuss substance abuse, suicide awareness

The North Slope Borough Mayor's Arctic Youth Advisory Council based in Barrow is made up of teens who are committed to encouraging positive activities involving youth and strengthening relationships between youth, adults and elders. They are trained to identify and council suicidal youth in one of the largest area school districts in the nation.

Photo Courtesy North Slope BoroughPhoto Courtesy North Slope Borough

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Southeast teens speak about leadership at prevention summit

Southeast Alaska teens spoke out about youth leadership programs and their effectiveness the Second Annual Prevention Summit in Juneau Wednesday.

A panel of eight teenagers discussed programs such as Lead On, Rebound and the Sitka Youth Leadership Committee and how these groups are making a difference in Alaska youth's lives.

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Sitka teen speaks out about rebuilding her culture

Mt. Edgecumbe High School student Shanelle Afcan delivered a powerful commentary last week on Sitka's KCAW Raven Radio about the disappearance of her Alaska Native culture.

Photo by Rachel WaldholzPhoto by Rachel Waldholz

Shanelle is a member of the Mount Edgecumbe Radio Club, which received a Spirit of Youth award last year in the category of Technology & Media.

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Cooper Landing youth uses fashion sense for good cause

Thirteen-year-old Cooper Landing resident Clara LaRock put her passion for fashion to good use last year by helping to organize the Cooper Landing Recycled Fashion Show, put on by Cooper Landing Recycle.

Clara LaRock, center, modeling her recycled newspaper dress. Photo courtesy of David Story, via the Redoubt ReporterClara LaRock, center, modeling her recycled newspaper dress. Photo courtesy of David Story, via the Redoubt Reporter

Her intricate newspaper dress won her top honors in last year's show and this year she will display a garbage bag dress with flower accents as part of America Recycles Day, November 15.

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Cordova teens to perform at Carnegie Hall

Two talented Cordova students have the chance of a lifetime -- they get to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City this February.

Annie Carlson and Carl Renney were selected from more than 3,000 youth applicants for the Honors Performance Series, a national program where students work with master conductors and perform before representatives from collegiate and professional music programs.

Photos courtesy of The Cordova TimesPhotos courtesy of The Cordova Times

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Juneau teens produce weekly TV news show

Students at Juneau-Douglas High School know how to have fun and learn at the same time.

Photo by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOOPhoto by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO

A group of 11 teens put on a weekly newscast as part of a video production class. The students write, produce and edit JDTV News all on their own using professional equipment.

Jeremy Hsieh from KTOO has the full story.

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Eek teen meets longtime pen pal, shares Alaska culture

Seventeen-year-old Eek resident Florence Moore has been writing letters to a pen pal in Vermont since she was nine. Recently the correspondents met in person and Florence was able to share her Alaska culture with her longtime friend.

Photo courtesy of KYUKPhoto courtesy of KYUK

Ben Matheson at KYUK has the full story.

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