Alaska Youth 4 Change
Youth testmonies submitted with the 100 Best Communities for Young People application by Dharma Gilley & Maki Bogart:
Dharma Gilley, Homestead Elementary School: "I believe the city of Anchorage should be nominated as one of America’s best communities for young people because of the great Girl Scout troops and the great people within the community. My Girl Scout Troop has amazing girls and troop leaders. We get to do tons of fun activities around Anchorage like going to the SeaLife Center, the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai, Encampment at the Palmer Fairgrounds, and trips to the Nature Center in Eagle River. The Girl Scout troops in Anchorage teach girls of all ages how to respect other girls no matter what. Girl Scouts also teaches you how to learn to like girls you hadn’t liked before. Within the Girl Scout troops there are girls of many different races. Besides Girl Scouts there are still many great programs throughout the schools: choir, band, orchestra, running clubs, Battle of the Books, and student council. Again besides school and Girl Scouts within the community there are still some great things to do. Some examples are: going to the museum, the Imaginarium, the H2Oasis Waterpark, soccer teams, hockey, volleyball, softball, baseball, flag football, and all kind of skiing. And still within all of the activities, most people are still nice. Please vote Anchorage, Alaska to be nominated one of America’s best communities for young people."
Maki Bogart, Chugiak High School: "Anchorage, Alaska should be part of the 100 best communities for Young People in the United States not only because of its overwhelming opportunities, but also because of the amazing things that are happening all around the city by volunteers. Volunteers have helped fix the Boys and Girls clubs and programs like Kids Kitchen a non-profit that was started by one man with the hope that every young adult and child would have at least two healthy meals a day. To make this dream happen, the entire city of Anchorage, along with large businesses like Sam's Club and Costco have joined together. Recently, Kids helping Kids a small group of teenagers at a local high school teamed up with Kid's Kitchen and had a Battle of the Bands fundraiser which involved youth in the entire process, from playing in the band, to emceeing the event, to just coming out to enjoy the music. Another example is the largest youth based event in the state called KidsDay. Anchorage's Promise, a non-profit puts this event on every year opening the doors of the city's convention center to all families, children, young adults, and volunteers around Anchorage. KidsDay is a time and place where there are more than 100 vendors who come together and provide helpful and meaningful information for parents and youth. Each year over 200 youth volunteer to help with this event that brings in over 15,000 people. KidsDay reaches large masses of people and helps Anchorage promote the 5 Promises. Anchorage is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the nation, and programs like these help to promote the 5 Promises within our city, which is something that is needed and will hopefully be achieved."