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The Problem:

1 out of 5 Anchorage youth report having been the target of bullying.

Empowering Youth Voice to End Bullying grants have been addressing the problem and making a positive impact in our community for over 5 years! Check out our past projects to learn more.

The Spirit of Youth Coalition was created to decrease the risk factor of bullying that contributes to feelings of hopeless, suicidal ideation and substance use among Anchorage youth and to promote protective factors of strong peer relationships, increased youth/adult relationships, and mattering among Anchorage youth.


The Coalition will achieve these goals by increasing broad community awareness about bullying among 7th-12th graders and its serious consequences, reducing stigma among middle and high school youth about reporting bullying, increasing youth/adult connection, and adopting evidence-based bullying prevention policies.

Previous Grant Recipients

  • Anchorage Youth Vote/League of Women Voters of Anchorage

  • Alaska Teen Media Institute/Youth Health Reporters

  • League of Women Voters of Anchorage - Anchorage Youth Vote 

  • Alaska Teen Media Institute - Youth Health Reporters

  • Stone Soup Group

  • YANA Club - West High School

  • YANA Club - Hanshew Middle School

  • Dimond High School - Ignition Mentorship

  • Boys & Girls Club

  • Boys & Girls Club - Southcentral Alaska

  • Anchorage Youth Court

  • Clark Middle School

  • Koahnic Broadcast Corporation

  • Benny Benson Secondary School

  • National Junior Honor Society

  • NAMI Alaska

  • See Stories

  • Anchorage Youth Task Force

  • Girl Scouts of Alaska

  • Choosing Our Roots

  • Identity

Spirit of Youth has issued mini-grants to six organizations for youth engagement and connection. Those organizations are:

  • Girls Scouts of Alaska

  • Choosing our Roots

  • Identity Inc.

  • See Stories 

  • Covenant House/Youth Task Force

  • East High School/Native Student Leadership Council.

The recipients were selected by teens in our programs and received a training designed by Mental Health Advocacy through Storytelling (MHATS).

In addition, ten grants have been issued to non-profit groups supporting their teens in creating COVID-19 youth messaging:

  • Interact at West High School for Mask Mission AK

  • Boys & Girls Club of Fairbanks

  • See Stories, Statewide

  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

  • Anchorage Municipal Youth Advisory Commission in collaboration with Alaska Mask Makers

  • Healthy Voices Healthy Choices Alaska, Inc, Anchorage

  • Stone Soup Group 

  • Alaska Children's Institute for the Performing Arts, Kenai

  • Enlaces, Anchorage

  • Kodiak High School Shakesbears.


Past Projects


Youth Vote Bullying Prevention Campaign

Anchorage Youth Vote created a visual campaign with posters, notebooks, and stickers that was made available to all ASD middle and high schools as well as community organizations in Anchorage and across Alaska.

KNBA Youth Health Reporters Bullying Prevention PSAs

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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