February 2012

Are you graduating in 2012? We want to hear from you! Each year, we celebrate our graduates in a special graduate edition of the Doyon Foundation e-newsletter. (Check out last year’s edition on our website!)

If you’d like to be featured in this year’s graduate e-newsletter, please take a few minutes to complete a short questionnaire at http://fs8.formsite.com/doyonfoundation/form9/index.html.

High school, college and vocational training program students are welcome to participate. Just please be sure to complete the form by the deadline of Friday, May 4, 2012.

Questions? Contact us at foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048. Thank you!

The Doyon Foundation board of directors met on January 21. During the meeting, Shane Derendoff was elected president, Julie Anderson was named secretary/treasurer, and Wesley Roberts Dalton was re-elected as the vice president. The Foundation thanks outgoing secretary/treasurer Lorraine B. David for her years of service in that position.

Learn more about each of the board members here.

Announcing the 2012 Young Native Writers Essay Contest. Winners receive college scholarships and an opportunity to participate in a Scholars Week in Washington, D.C. Entry Deadline is April 30, 2012. For details, visit nativewriters.hklaw.com.

Sponsored by the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation in conjunction with the National Museum of the American Indian.

PosterAnnouncing 2012Young Native Writers Essay Contest.pdf

Come one; Come all to Access Alaska’s exciting new initiative, Recharge Time! This exciting new program is different from other after school activities because it allows youth from all over the Fairbanks North Star Borough to come together for safe, structured entertainment. Recharge Time runs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1 pm- 5pm. Access Alaska can even provide limited transportation. Youth will be able to enjoy our two TVs, computers that allow internet access for help with homework and other projects, our Wii, stocked kitchen, and Foosball table. Tutoring and homework assistance can be provided to youth wanting extra help in school. In addition to all the resources at Access Alaska there will be one event each month for youth to come and simply relax and have fun! The program is managed by Kata Dungan, an AmeriCorps Member from North Carolina. Kata attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and served in the Peace Corps after graduation. She is very excited to build a successful and sustainable afterschool program at Access Alaska. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Kata Dungan at (907) 479-7940 or email at Kdungan@accessalaska.net.

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The Gillam Foundation Scholarship Program provides a 1-year scholarship to graduating Alaskan high school seniors to be used in their first year of study at a 4-year college or university. First year is defined as no later than the fall of the year immediately following a student’s graduation from high school.

Click here for more information and to apply.

This scholarship was established by Spenard Builders Supply in 1985 for the purpose of promoting further education and/or training for Alaska’s youth. The “Skills For Alaska” scholarship is designed to assist graduating high school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. The scholarship criteria follow the principles established by SkillsUSA. These skills include Education, Leadership, Teamwork and Citizenship.

One $2,000 to $4,000 scholarship will be awarded annually. Scholarship recipients will be announced by May 15th. Proof of college/school acceptance and enrollment must be submitted prior to award disbursement.

Click here for more information and to apply for the scholarship.

Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient Sarah Walker is a first-generation, low-income college student – but neither of those facts have kept her from pursuing her goals.

“I try not to look at things as challenges, just things that I have to work on or get done,” she shared.

Sarah is in her second year at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), where she is double majoring in Alaska Native studies and rural development with a Yup’ik minor.

It’s a place she’s worked very hard to get to. After she got her acceptance letters and chose UAF, Sarah spent the entire summer mowing lawns, gardening and tree trimming, washing cars and picking up trash to make money. In the fall, a friend lent her money to pay for unexpected school fees and Sarah got a job, working at night after long days at school to pay the friend back and to help out with her family’s expenses.

Sarah worked as an intern in Doyon, Limited’s communications department in summer 2011 and is currently working for the Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development as the student coordinator for the Festival of Native Arts. She was recently recognized with the fall 2011 UAF Exceptional Student Employee Award.

In addition to her personal hard work, several organizations, including Doyon Foundation, have helped Sarah financially.

“The support I receive from Doyon Foundation is great! If it wasn’t for the Foundation, I don’t believe I would have been able to attend college. I greatly appreciate the financial support and the student dinners that are put on, too,” she said.

On top of a very busy school and work schedule, Sarah manages to find time to serve as president of two student organizations, Native Alaskan Business Leaders and Festival of Native Arts, as well as participate in numerous cultural and academic student groups.

Learning about and celebrating her Alaska Native culture is very important to Sarah, who is Yup’ik and Inupiaq. It’s one of the reasons she chose to move from her home state of Washington to attend UAF.

“I returned because I love Alaska and how rich all the Native cultures are up here,” she said.

After graduating, which she expects to do in summer 2014, Sarah hopes to attend graduate school and law school, where her main concentration will be on the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

“Never stop learning and never let anything get you down; we’ll all reach our goals someday,” advises this hard-working, inspirational student, who is the daughter of Terry and Doretha Walker, granddaughter of Franklin and Lena (Crane) Amouak, and great-granddaughter of Oliver and Olga (Waska-Mike) Amouak.

The Youth Workforce Development committee is comprised of members from various Anchorage area youth focused non-profit agencies and the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development. We’re a sub-committee of the Anchorage United for Youth Meaningful Opportunities group. We are coordinating the Youth Job & Volunteer Opportunity Fair on April 11. This event will be at the Muldoon Job Center at 1250 Muldoon Road. The hours are noon to 5:00 p.m.

The fair will focus on current and/or summer vacancies, apprenticeship, volunteer and internship opportunities and educational programs in all industries for youth between the ages of 14-24.

There is no booth fee; the event is free to exhibitors and job seekers. Booth space will be limited and assigned on a first-call basis. If you or your company wishes to participate, please fill out the enclosed registration at your earliest convenience and fax it to the Business Connection at 269-4819. You can also email it to me at nancy.heckmann

Young Alaskans are eager to work!

Nancy Heckmann

Supervisor, Business Connection

Anchorage Job Center Midtown

269-4774 Fax: 269-4819


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Attention University of Alaska-Fairbanks students: Come to the UAF Spring Job & Internship Fair on Wed. Feb. 29, 2012, 10 am – 5 pm, at the Wood Center. Bring your resume and dress for success! To see a list of employers attending, go to www.uaf.edu/career. If you have questions, please contact UAF Career Services at (907) 474-7596, careerservices@uaf.edu, or visit their website: www.uaf.edu/career.

The 2012 Lynn Reyer Awards in Tribal Community Development

Students are welcome to submit proposals of up to $1000 to help defray costs for research leading to the completion of a Masters thesis or Ph.D. dissertation. The subject should be germane to some aspect of Native American community development. Students from all academic disciplines and all academic institutions are encouraged to apply.

Main Items for Submission: Submit a prospectus (no more than two, double-spaced pages) indicating the nature of the research and its relevance to tribal community development. Attach a one-page itemized budget (not to exceed $1000) that includes a short narrative explaining the purpose of each item.

Supporting Materials: Include a short personal vitae and one letter of support from your thesis/dissertation chair (please have them indicate a daytime telephone number and/or e-mail for follow-up).

Deadline: All mailed materials must be postmarked by Monday March 19, 2012 or submitted by e-mail: tjojola@unm.edu    (no faxes please!)

The Fairbanks Carpentry and Millwright Joint Apprenticeship Program is currently accepting applications for apprentices. Applications must be received complete or postmarked by February 29th, 2012 in order to be scheduled for an interview in March.

Applicants 50 miles or more outside of the Fairbanks area, can mail a request for an application to:
Fairbanks Carpenter Training Center
PO Box 71087
Fairbanks, AK 99701
or Fax to (907) 456-5542

The request should include your printed name, mailing address, phone number, your signature, and the date.
Call (907) 452-4626 for further information.

Below is a link to a great resource list from the Center for Native American Youth website. Here you can find information on a wide range of health and educational opportunities and programs focused on Native American youth, including scholarships, internships, camps, youth commissions and organizations, and a few other fun things.


· First Alaskans Institute is now seeking applicants for a Leadership Development Specialist to assist with the initiatives of the Leadership Development department, including the Summer Internship Program, the Elders & Youth Conference, and the Public Policy Fellowship. This position also includes tasks related to the Community Investments Awards Program. Please read the full job description for more information.

Applications are due Monday, March 5, 2012 at 5:00pm.

Complete applications include application, cover Letter, and resume. Please address applications to: Leadership Manager, First Alaskans Institute, 606 E Street, Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99501. For questions you may call 907.677.1700.

Take advantage of the weekend and apply to one of these many programs and opportunities! This list is compiled by the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP).

Here is a great employment opportunity for you during Spring Break!

Advertising for 3 youth chaperones to work from March 8th-16th during convention and need chaperones to be able to stay with youth during the night. Candidates must pass the ICPAA background check, criminal background, fingerprinting and drug test to be considered. Interested candidates can apply at http://www.tananachiefs.org – TCC Jobs – Location Fairbanks – Job Title: Youth Chaperone. For more information contact: Katina Charles at 452-8251 ext. 3353 or email katina.charles@tananachiefs.org.
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