August 2017


The Inspire Leadership Academy is excited to announce an Academy in Anchorage! The dates for the academy will be:

October 13, 14, 15
December 1, 2, 3
January 19, 20, 21
March 9, 10, 11
April 27, 28, 29

The cost is $2,700 and they are looking for 20 participants to fill the seats in order to be able to conduct the academy. You can find more information on the academy and registration information at www.inspireleadershipacademy.com or call Tracy Snow, Owner and lead facilitator, at (907) 322-9644 if you have questions.

Do you want to work in a program that is dedicated to providing effective language assistance to limited English proficient Alaska Native voters?

Would it make you feel good knowing that the work you do provides limited English proficient Alaska Native voters with the information and materials they need to participate in the election process?

Can you fluently speak, read, and write both the English and General Central Yup’ik, or Gwich’in Athabascan, or either Seward Peninsula Inupiaq or Northern Iñupiaq languages?

If you answered yes to the above questions, there is a great job waiting for you at the Division of Elections.

Click here for more information.

Complete survey by early bird deadline on September 29 for a chance to win $100 Visa gift card!

Doyon Foundation’s mission is “to provide educational, career and cultural opportunities to enhance the identity and quality of life for Doyon shareholders.” In support of this mission, we are conducting an education survey to better understand the needs of our students as they work toward their educational goals and prepare for their future careers. Take the survey here.

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Survey respondents will be entered to win prizes including this Microsoft Surface Pro 1 Tablet!

This survey is open to past and current scholarship recipients, as well as all individuals who are eligible for a Foundation scholarship, which includes original Doyon, Limited shareholders and children of original shareholders. You can find Doyon Foundation’s scholarship eligibility criteria here.

Complete the survey by the early bird deadline on Friday, September 29 for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card! Early bird respondents will also be entered in the random drawing to win prizes after the survey deadline on Friday, October 13.

Everyone who completes the survey by the Friday, October 13 deadline will be entered in a random drawing for a chance to win:

  • A used Microsoft Surface Pro 1 Tablet generously donated by student Jordan Craddick
  • A People of the Water Pendleton Woolen Mills blanket from our Athabaskan Heritage Collection™ Spirit Keeper Series™
  • One $100 Visa gift card
  • One of four $50 Visa gift cards

Thank you for helping us better understand the needs of our students, and how we can better serve you!

Take the survey here.

 

Doyon Foundation will host our 2017 Scholarship Award Ceremony on Friday, September 8 at 2 p.m. The event, which celebrates our 302 fall scholarship recipients, will take place in the Doyon Facilities classroom, located at 701 Bidwell Ave. in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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The scholarship award ceremony will feature our always popular photo booth!

This fall, the Foundation will award a total of $395,300 in scholarships. The fall 2017 awards include 37 competitive scholarships, 73 basic part-time scholarships, and 192 basic full-time scholarships. Congratulations to all of this fall’s recipients!

In addition to presenting the scholarship recipients, the ceremony will also feature an opening prayer by Allan Hayton, our language revitalization program director; a welcome from Doris Miller, our executive director; and words from our alumni speaker and student speaker! The event will culminate with light refreshments and our always-popular photo booth.

Tanya - alumni speakerWe are excited to announce this year’s alumni speaker is Tanya Kaquatosh of Hughes, Alaska. Tanya is the daughter of Barbara Beatus and the late Norman Beatus of Hughes.  Her maternal grandparents are Johnson Moses and the late Bertha Moses of Allakaket and her paternal grandparents are Henry and Sophie Beatus of Hughes. Tanya holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford and a MBA from Arizona State University.  She has also completed the Doyon Leadership Training in 2014. Tanya has worked as the director of regulatory affairs at Doyon Utilities since 2015; previous to that she was a financial specialist in the finance department for 3 years. Tanya was also the executive assistant to the president/CEO of Doyon, Limited for over 4 years. Tanya resides in Fairbanks with her husband, Steve, and their daughters, Skye and Kaytona.

Julian - student speakerJoining Tanya is our student speaker, Julian Thibedeau. Julian is a freshman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he is in the Rural Human Services Program.

Students, family, friends, teachers, donors and other supporters are invited and encouraged to attend. We hope to see you there!

As of the 2017 PFD application deadline, 61 donors pledged $3,850 to support Doyon Foundation scholarships. While we are very grateful for those donations, we are left far short of our $5,000 Pick. Click. Give. goal.

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Your Pick. Click. Give. support allows us to help students like these – our Class of 2017 – reach their education, career and life goals. 

Luckily there is still time to get there! You can add or change a Pick. Click. Give. contribution through Thursday, August 31! Simply visit pfd.alaska.gov and click the “add or change a Pick. Click. Give. donation” link.

 

With your help, we are able to provide scholarships and offer cultural opportunities to Alaska Native students pursuing their educational, career and life goals. Last year, we awarded a total of 578 scholarships totaling $684,633.

 

These scholarships go to support the educational efforts of students like Aubrielle Champagne, who overcame incredible health challenges to achieve her dreams. And Melody Hoffman, a mother and nursing student who encourages other parents that “it is possible to raise our kids and get a degree.” And Noah Lovell, who takes time out from his studies to share about his culture, community and choosing a major.

 

Remember – you have until August 31 to help us reach our $5,000 Pick. Click. Give. goal! Thank you for your support!

 

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US Arctic Youth Ambassador Program is pleased to announce that they are recruiting for the 2017-2019 Cohort of US Arctic Youth Ambassadors!

The Arctic Youth Ambassadors collectively represent a diversity of Alaskan youth, including consideration for: geographic regions, cultural backgrounds and affiliations, gender, interests, skills and experiences, and organization connections. More about the program can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/arcticyouthambassadors/

and here: http://akgeo.org/youth-programs/arctic-youth-ambassadors/

There are three components to the application. Applications must include the following to be considered:

1. Recommendation from the nominator: https://goo.gl/forms/lR7RNcTX3GgZfz1D2

2. Commitment from a mentor: https://goo.gl/forms/jO9FRIwcYVtOFQF42

3. Student application: https://goo.gl/forms/nWMSSihMCvaZnToP2

A nominator should know the student very well and be able to speak to the student’s leadership abilities, strengths, and space for development and growth.

The mentor should be an individual that could be able to :

· Support the student in preparation for public speaking event;

· Help the student prepare and pack for conference/programs;

· Help the student host an exchange with their community;

· Help the student share their experiences with their school or community (e.g. through articles in the press, presentations at community events);

· Engaging the student in leadership opportunities in their local communities;

· Transporting students to and from airport.

It is possible for the nominator and mentor to be the same individual. If this is the case, they must fill out both forms.

The Online links above will also be available here: http://akgeo.org/youth-programs/arctic-youth-ambassadors/

An online application is preferred. A paper application is also attached to this email.

Criteria for eligible students:

· Must be an Alaskan Resident.

· Must be within the ages of 17-20

· Will have committed support of a mentor (may be a teacher, coach, counselor, relative, community leader, or other adult mentor)

· Show a high level of maturity, high potential in leadership, and would be successful working with peers from a wide diversity of backgrounds

· Demonstrate an interest in issues relevant to the changing arctic—these issues range from ecology, wildlife, and traditional knowledge to sustainable economic development, national and international policy, and health and wellbeing of arctic communities.

· Are willing and able to travel (with in-state travel expenses covered by the program and some flexibility to accommodate school schedules)

· Students who may not have had these types of opportunities in the past but would contribute and gain a great deal.

· A note about US Passports: Participating in the program may require a valid US Passport for International Travel, of which the participant is responsible for procuring.

The application process will open August 15th and close September 15th, 11:59pm Alaska Time. A review will begin September 15th 2017, and a Final Review will be completed in October 2017. Early applications are highly encouraged. If you have any questions or inquiries, please direct them to US Arctic Youth Ambassador Program Youth Programs Fellow:

Maka Monture

US Arctic Youth Ambassador Program

Anchorage, AK

Mmonture

Phone: 907-771-8490

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The U.S. Arctic Youth Ambassador Program was created by the Alaska Region of the U.S. FIsh and WIldlife Service, the Department of State, and nonprofit partner Alaska Geographic in 2015 under the auspices of the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic COuncil. The partnership continues during the 2017-2019 U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council’s Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Working Group.

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Doyon Foundation is currently seeking candidates for three open seats on its board of directors. The deadline to apply is Monday, October 16 at 5 p.m. The open positions are for three-year terms expiring in 2020. 

Qualifications

Candidates seeking election to the Doyon Foundation board must be:

  • A Doyon shareholder
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Knowledgeable about private foundation management and higher education
  • Familiar with the Foundation’s vision, goals, mission and purpose
  • Committed to carrying out the duties of a board member, which include:
    • Attending quarterly board meetings
    • Serving on two board committees
    • Completing work outside of meetings
    • Representing the Foundation at various events
    • Speaking on behalf of the Foundation at events, if asked

Doyon Foundation is specifically interested in candidates with experience with nonprofit boards, fundraising, financial management, endowment fund investing, culture and language revitalization, and Alaska Native education.

Important Notice

Please note that, under federal laws governing private foundations, family members of Doyon Foundation board members are NOT eligible to receive a Doyon Foundation basic or competitive scholarship during their term on the board. Family members are defined as the board members’ spouse, ancestors, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the spouses of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Current Doyon Foundation scholarship recipients are also not eligible to serve on the board.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The duties of a Doyon Foundation board member include:

  • Contribute skills that help the Foundation make progress on planning.
  • Consistently work toward and produce results related to the Foundation’s strategic focus areas, which include providing consistent measurable results, diversifying and growing revenue streams, increasing shareholder educational opportunities, enhancing operations, and revitalizing languages and traditional Native values.
  • Define and oversee the mission of the Foundation and keep it relevant to the needs of Doyon shareholders and their descendants.
  • Approve programs/services and monitor their effectiveness.
  • Provide strategic guidance to the Foundation and its executive director.
  • Ensure financial solvency and help raise resources.
  • Select, support and evaluate the executive director.
  • Ensure continuous board improvement.
  • Attend quarterly meetings in Fairbanks, Alaska, as well as any special meetings called.
  • Serve on two board committees and possibly chair one committee, which include finance/investment, development/fundraising, language revitalization/culture, and governance.
  • Participate in at least one board training event each year.
  • Demonstrate willingness to take on other duties and assignments, as needed.
  • Represent and, if asked, speak on behalf of Doyon Foundation at various events.

Application Instructions/Deadline

Applications are accepted using this online form. The form does not take long to fill out and candidates are able to upload resumes and/or other materials.

Candidates may also download and print the 2017 board candidate application to complete and mail to Doyon Foundation, 615 Bidwell Avenue, Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska, 99701. Mailing instructions are provided on the form.

Please note that candidates are required to submit an updated resume along with their completed application.

It is highly recommended that candidates familiarize themselves with the Foundation and its work by reviewing the Foundation’s website, blog and Facebook page prior to submitting an application.

The deadline to apply is Monday, October 16 at 5 p.m.

For more information, please visit doyonfoundation.com or contact Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation executive director, at 907.459.2048 or millerd@doyon.com.

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