Welcome, Brian! Thrive Mat-Su’s second youth intern

Introducing Brian Shadura:

(Please check out our page for Maija’s interview)
What school do you attend?
I am a Sophomore at Colony.
What activities are you involved in?
Symphonic Band and commercial fishing. Due to Covid, I couldn’t continue these but football baseball and volunteering at the Alaska State Fair as well.
What do you enjoy doing with your free time?
I enjoy playing video games like Hearthstone, osu!, and Call of Duty and having conversations with people. Learning about the world around me and hearing the experiences of others who have lived in it has always been a passion of mine.
Why is the work of Thrive important to you?
I want to help promote leading a productive and positive life and to get people active in the community. People, especially this year, haven’t been able to really get out and do many things due to the pandemic so hopefully, we can change that in a fun and safe way.
As you begin this internship, what do you look forward to about it?
I look forward to meeting new people, using my collaboration skills to help promote and work towards the Thrive mission statement.
Our student interns will be sharing more on our social media channels soon, be sure to follow both of our pages below to hear more from them in the weeks to come…..
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Welcome, Maia! Thrive Mat-Su announces this quarter’s youth interns.

After 51 applications were received, and 45 interviews were conducted, our interview team selected Maija DeCovich & Brian Shadura as our Thrive student interns for the next 3 months.

Introducing Maija DeCovich

(Please stay tuned for Brian’s interview in a separate post)
What school do you attend?
I am a Freshman at Career Tech High School.
What activities are you involved in?
I dance at Sonja’s Studio and I played Volleyball for Wasilla High School
What do you enjoy doing with your free time?
I enjoy snowboarding and spending time with friends and family.
Why is the work of Thrive important to you?
The work of Thrive is important to me because I would love to one day see a community with less drug and alcohol use, especially in teens and young adults.
As you begin this internship, what do you look forward to about it?
I am looking forward to hopefully meeting new people, making new friendships, and hopefully prevent some drug and alcohol use.
Our student interns will be sharing more on our social media channels soon, be sure to follow both of our pages below to hear more from them in the weeks to come…..
Please be sure to follow our Thrive Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/THRIVEMatSu
Please be sure to follow our Thrive Instagram page

We Are Thankful for YOU!

This holiday season will be unlike any other, but we extend our utmost gratitude to our donors, volunteers, partner agencies, and many, many supporters. We could not do this without you! We need you because YOU are United Way of Mat-Su.

Thrive Mat-Su Hiring Youth Interns

Thrive is hiring Youth Interns to serve through the end of the year.

 

Duties include:

  • – Promote Thrive Mat-Su Youth Programs to other students.
  • – Survey students to get input on the types of activities and event they are interested in
  • – Help with the planning and promotion of Thrive youth events and activities
  • – Help with Thrive Mat-Su social media and other communication strategies.

 

Age Range: 7th-12th Grade

 

Time Expected: 5 Hours plus participation in as many Thrive activities and events as possible.

 

Stipend Amount: $1200

 

Duration of Internship: November 9th – December 31st

 

If you would like to apply please send completed application to Matt at Connect@ThriveMatSu.org.  

Youth Internship Application

 

Applications are due by November 3rd.

 

Thrive Mat-Su Welcomes Matt Clayton!

Matt Clayton is the new Youth Programs Coordinator with Thrive Mat-Su!
Matt has more than 15 years of experience working with youth as a youth minister as well as leading The Crux, a youth center he helped start, for nine years. Most recently, Matt served as the Outreach Coordinator at MY House for two years. Matt and his family moved to Alaska three years ago.
Matt has been an instrumental member of a recent ACEs and Resiliency cohort, presenting comprehensive, compassionate workshops on ACEs around the Valley. He is also an active member of Mat-Su COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster), and is always looking for tech-savvy, modern ways to connect across communities using social media, technology and communications innovation.
They love camping and hiking as they explore our beautiful state. Matt and his boys enjoy Lego especially during our long winters. He graduated from Southern Wesleyan University in 2001.
You can reach Matt at connect@thrivematsu.org or by calling 795-6341.

Youth Activities Volunteers & Ideas Needed!

Are you passionate about working with youth, invested in community, and interested in volunteering your time to support youth programs in the Mat-Su?
Thrive Mat-Su is seeking ideas from our community for activities to engage youth. Suggested activities include:
  • Hiking on local trails
  • Kayaking or canoeing
  • Pick-up volleyball games
  • A guided nature walk or orienteering course
We also seek volunteer adult leaders willing to give their time to lead these small group, outdoor, socially-distanced events.
If you are interested in becoming an Activity Leader, or have an idea that you think would interest youth, contact Becky Stoppa at 745-5824 or email impact@unitedwaymatsu.org

Thrive Mat-Su Seeks Youth Coordinator

 

Thrive Mat-Su seeks a part-time Youth Programs Coordinator with experience in and a passion for working with young people. When our youth live in healthy environments and have access to opportunities that build positive social connections and develop strong identities, young people have positive outcomes! Thrive Mat-Su connects and aligns with organizations working in positive youth development and primary prevention, supporting healthy choices regarding substance use, promoting positive community and cultural development, and celebrating the great accomplishments of youth ages 12-20 around the Mat-Su.

 

Please pass this along to anyone you know who loves working with young people.

 

To apply: submit a cover letter and resume to sallen@unitedwaymatsu.org.

Take the Thrive Mat-Su Survey and Be Entered to Win!

Thrive Mat-Su is engaged in data collection around the Mat-Su, regarding youth, our community, and substance misuse. This data also helps us understand how our community views risk to both youth and adults, and whether residents are aware of how to safely dispose of prescription drugs.

Take the survey by clicking below! Your answers will help us to improve our efforts toward preventing substance use in youth.

You’ll also be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card!

 

TAKE THE SURVEY HERE.

Thrive Mat-Su Youth Making A Difference Award Winner Announed

 

Rachel Hartman is the recipient of the 2020 Youth Making A Difference Award!

 

Congratulations to Rachel Hartman, a 2020 Mat-Su Career & Technical High School graduate, for her achievement.

Rachel embraced volunteerism and community service throughout her high school career, contributing time to Mat-Su Youth Court, the Public Library, Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

We wish her all the best as she heads off to college in the fall!