Spirit of Youth

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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.

P.R.I.D.E. stands for “People Representing Integrity and Diverse Experiences.” The group sends a strong message to their peers to be expressive and to take pride in yourself and others.

“There’s lots of kids here who are so talented but they don’t have the opportunity. Maybe they’re too shy to show it. What we want to do is bring out their inner talents…and we want keep them out of trouble,” founder Bialy said in a recent Spirit of Youth radio story

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 spread to other rural parts of Alaska.

Bethel P.R.I.D.E. will be honored with the other winners at the Spirit of Youth Awards Dinner Saturday, April 5, at 6 p.m. at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown. The group was chosen from more than 150 statewide nominations by the Spirit of Youth Teen Advisory Council.

Learn more about this year's award recipients by clicking here

And don't forget to reserve your seats for the 16th Annual Spirit of Youth Awards Dinner Saturday, April 5 at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown!

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