Spirit of Youth is hiring!

September 11, 2019

Coalition Coordinator

40 hrs M-F. Flexible Schedule

Compensation: $46k-$51k D.O.E.

Address: 203 W 15th Suite 103 Anchorage, AK

Spirit of Youth is dedicated to creating, promoting and recognizing youth involvement in communities across Alaska. Spirit of Youth’s vision is that: All Alaska’s youth are included, heard and empowered.

Position Overview: The duties of the coordinator position are to build and maintain a coalition of people and organizations committed to youth behavioral health promotion and community wellness through education, advocacy, and support. The coordinator facilitates community assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation, and evaluation activities.

Essential Functions:

Planning & Organizing

  • Responsible for building and maintaining partnerships and coalition members.
  • Organizes and facilitates coalition and committee meetings.

Activity Facilitation

  • Facilitate partners and coalition members in the planning, implementation and evaluation of goals and objectives.
  • Oversee needs assessments, stakeholder analysis and refine coalition’s strategic plan based on community data and stakeholder input.
  • Supervise mini-grant process including executing grant agreements, providing training and technical assistance to grant recipients, facilitating evaluation and ensuring reports are completed in a timely manner.
  • Become familiar with the Sources of Strength program and assist youth groups in administering the program activities.
  • Support other Spirit of Youth programs as needed.

Advocacy & Public Relations

  • Serve as a liaison between the coalition and public officials. Inform organizations about the coalition’s efforts and assist them with their health promotion efforts when it complements the goals of the organization. Secures partnerships with organizations and serves on relevant committees.
  • Oversee coalition communication including presentation, in-person meetings, phone calls, exhibitor booths, social media, flyers, website, newsletters and press releases.

Administrative

  • General administrative tasks (e.g. thank you letters, updating databases, prepping documents for meetings).
  • Maintain records and communication with program participants, coalition members and donors.
  • Administer surveys to program participants.
  • Provide monthly, quarterly and annual reports to the executive director.
  • Work to identify and nurture new funders, sponsors and partners.

Other Duties

  • Other duties as assigned by the needs of the organization.

Minimum Qualifications

The qualified candidate will be an energetic, talented, caring and supportive individual who believes in Spirit of Youth’s mission. Specific qualifications include experience working within communities; strong organizational, leadership and management skills; ability to work with diverse populations; organizational, time management and problem solving skills; strong interpersonal and relationship skills; cultural responsiveness; ability to plan events and activities. Preference given to college degree and/or 3-5 years relevant work experience in the non-profit sector, human services, public administration, education, youth development, or community organizing.

Reports to Executive Director.

Some weekends, evenings and travel required. A valid driver’s license and proof of insurance required. Criminal background check required. Paid vacation and health insurance (employer pays 50%) provided.

To apply send resume and cover letter to info@spiritofyouth.org subject line: Coalition Coordinator.  Open until filled.

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$3,000 Bullying Prevention Grant Available

September 12, 2019

Empowering Youth Voice to End Bullying 

Preventing Bullying and Its Consequences

Spirit of Youth is working to improve the behavioral health of Anchorage youth. Through community input and local data, we learned there is a direct link between poor mental health conditions and bullying. Our efforts focus on preventing bullying and its consequences, which includes poor mental health. Toward this end we provide training, efforts to improve policies, and build awareness around the issue.

Grant Goals

The four $3,000 Bullying Prevention Campaign Grants are specifically intended to support youth led projects for Anchorage middle and high school students that meet the following goals:

  • Promote respect and inclusion;
  • Increase the broad community awareness and concern of bullying and its serious consequences;
  • Use of the Careline (More info about Careline at http://carelinealaska.com/);
  • Reduced stigma among middle and high school youth about reporting bullying;
  • Increase awareness among students, parents, teachers and ASD staff of what bullying is;
  • Community members advocate for bullying prevention.

Deadline is October 11th! Apply at https://bit.ly/2lRNKGi. Full grant guide available https://bit.ly/2lOYghF.

Previous grant recipients have included:

  • KNBA Youth Health Reporters
  • You Are Not Alone – West High
  • Story Works Alaska Youth Team (SAYiT)
  • LWV Anchorage / Anchorage Youth Vote
  • Stone Soup Group
  • Junior National Honor Society – Romig Middle School
  • Benny Benson Secondary School
  • Ignition Mentorship – Dimond High
  • Boys & Girls Club Eagle River
  • You Are Not Alone – Hanshew Middle School
  • Clark Middle School Informers

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2019 Spirit of Youth Radio Stories

August 22, 2019

Teens from across the state were honored for the good work they are doing in their communities at the 2019 Spirit of Youth Awards, which took place March 30 at the Anchorage Downtown Marriott.

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2019 Spirit of Youth Awardees

February 27, 2019

The 2019 Spirit of Youth Awards highlights 8 dedicated young people from around Alaska.

This year’s Award recipients are from Anchorage, Chugiak, Healy, Juneau,
Kodiak, Nikiski, Palmer, Shishmaref, Soldotna and Utqiagvik. We invite you to honor them March 30 at the Anchorage Mariott at 7 p.m. as they share their inspirational stories.

Check out the winners here.

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Purchase your seat to the 2019 Spirit of Youth Awards!

February 12, 2019

Ticket sales have closed! If you need to make a last minute change or order email info@spiritofyouth.org.

Youth from across the state of Alaska will be honored for their hard work and contributions to the community at the Spirit of Youth Awards, March 30 at 6 PM at the Anchorage Downtown Marriott. Purchase your tickets below, and join us in celebration of the Spirit of Youth’s 2019 Spirit of Youth Award recipients!

****Important note: If you are paying by credit card, please select the PayPal option and then the “pay with debit or credit card” button on the next screen.

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2018 Bullying Prevention Grants Available

November 26, 2018

 

Preventing Bullying and Its Consequences

Spirit of Youth is working to improve behavioral health of Anchorage youth. Through community input and local data, we learned there is a direct link between poor mental health conditions and bullying. Our efforts focus on preventing bullying and its consequences, which includes poor mental health. Toward this end we provide training, efforts to improve policies, and build awareness around the issue.

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2018 Spirit of Youth Radio Stories

October 12, 2018

From Kotlik to Kodiak, teens from across the state were honored for the good work they are doing in their communities at the 2018 Spirit of Youth Awards, which took place April 27 at the Anchorage Downtown Marriott.

The Spirit of Youth Awards is the organization’s premiere event, highlighting dedicated young people and unsung heroes from around Alaska. Now in its 20th year, the awards recognize the hard work and efforts of these future leaders who utilize this opportunity to share their inspiring and heartwarming stories.

Thank you to the Alaska Teen Media Institute for creating these radio stories!

 

Duncan OkitkunKotlik

Duncan shares his Yup’ik culture with the world every chance he gets. His songs and public speaking heals and strengthens people in his village. He performs at his school, instilling pride in his peers and is a great role model for the young people of his village.

Story By Aviva Hirsch, Spirit of Youth

 

Gabriel “Gabe” Miller—Ninilchik

Gabe decided to transfer to a larger school in order to pursue his passion for science. The move added three hours to his school day. Yet, he makes time, through Ninilchik Tribe Teen Center, to work with others to build clubs, programs and places for Ninilchik youth to go for peer support.

Story By Kendrick Whiteman, Bartlett High School

 

Isaiah Dunegan-Lain—Anchorage

In a busy classroom, at lunchtime, Isaiah was the only person who observed a student choking on food. He was able to utilize his first aid/CPR skills and save a life.

Story By Aviva Hirsch, Spirit of Youth

 

Kaylynn Zagyva—Wasilla

Kaylynn participates in many community programs and activities despite recently having surgery for a brain tumor, which caused her to have to relearn much of her speech.

Story By Maile Kamohakula, King Tech High

 

Rafael Bitanga—Kodiak

Rafael is the owner and director of the Crepe Escape, a food booth in Kodiak. He donates 10 percent of Crepe Escape’s profits to the Brother Francis Shelter.

Story By Maile Kamohakula, King Tech High

 

Robert Otto—Kodiak

Robert has served as a defense and prosecuting attorney with the Kodiak Teen Court. As a judge, he has mentored new youth attorneys and leads with integrity and honesty.

Story By Danielle DuClos, Dimond High School graduate

 

Robin “Puck” Van Dommelen—Anchorage

Puck has developed a keen interest in conservation of the environment and has lead projects on bird conservation, remediation of natural landscape, documenting and combating invasive species in Alaska. He also conducted an energy audit for his high school.

Story By Danielle DuClos, Dimond High School graduate

 

Rylee Mcintosh—Palmer

Rylee supported the Magic Yarn Project. She and a crew made wigs for children with cancer.

Story By Cornilius Nelson, Bartlett High School graduate

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Former Spirit of Youth Honoree Pays It Forward, Nominating a Youth in 2017

February 9, 2018

Back in the ‘90s, Anchorage teen Marie Craig, now Marie Acemah, opened the Crooked Rascal, a small shop in downtown Anchorage. The store sold records and zines from across the U.S. It was also a community space aimed at fostering creativity—patrons could borrow a shared film camera, or sit down to write at a communal typewriter. In ‘98, she was honored for her entrepreneurship with a Spirit of Youth Award.

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Anchorage Youth Develop Bullying Prevention PSAs

January 25, 2018

 

KNBA youth health reporters created these two public service announcements about bullying behavior. Reporters worked with the Alaska Teen Media Institute staff throughout the summer of 2017 to produce online and broadcast features and public service announcements focused on promoting wellness to preventing teen suicide.

 

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Youth Discuss Bullying In Podcast Series

November 27, 2017

In this podcast series, Story Works Alaska and Alaska Teen Media Institute producers discuss bullying, why it happens, how it happens and what can be done to stop it. Each podcast features stories from a different perspective of bullying and its effects, both physical and psychological. Each story is true and told by an Alaska high school student at one of the many shows put on by Story Works Alaska.

As you’re listening, keep in mind that there are three classifications of bullying: 1.) It requires a real or perceived power imbalance 2.) It must be done with the intent to harm and 3.) It must be repeated or have the potential to be repeated.

 

 

This podcast series was funded by Spirit of Youth. It was produced by Story Works Alaska and Alaska Teen Media Institute producers.

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Spirit of Youth Bullying Prevention Campaign Grants

November 1, 2017

Spirit of Youth Bullying Prevention Campaign Grants

Spirit of Youth is working to improve behavioral health of Anchorage youth. In 2014, Spirit of Youth began working in partnership with the Anchorage Collaborative Coalitions (ACC) on an in-depth community needs assessment to identify behavioral health issues in our city. Through community input and local data, we learned there is a direct link between poor mental health conditions and bullying. From this, the ACC decided to focus its efforts on preventing bullying and its consequences, which includes poor mental health. Our efforts toward this end include providing training, improving policies, and building awareness around the issue.

Goals

Bullying Prevention Campaign Grants are specifically intended to support youth led projects for middle and high school students that meet the following goals:

  • Promote respect and inclusion.
  • Increase the broad community awareness and concern of bullying and its serious consequences.
  • Use of the Careline
  • Reduced stigma among middle and high school youth about reporting bullying
  • Increase awareness among students, parents, teachers and ASD staff of what bullying is
  • Community members advocate for bullying prevention

Grant deadline: Friday, November 30th, 2017, by 5pm

View the grant application guide here:

Complete the application here:

For questions:

Contact: info@spiritofyouth.org

Visit: https://anchoragecollaborative.org/ for more about bullying behavior, rates, and consequences.

Call: Spirit of Youth 907-272-2875

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