Setting the Example Each Day

With his own life transformation as a compass, Chanlyut program director gives back to community with a focus on service and creating safer neighborhoods Bill Tsurnos knows from experience that when a man leaves prison, the odds are stacked against … More

Partnerships Make The Games Possible

The success of NYO depends upon a generous behind-the-scenes team of sponsors, donors and volunteers Ask nearly anyone involved with the Games, and they’ll tell you: one of the greatest assets young NYO athletes develop by participating in the event … More

Coaching Students for the Games—and Life

Demonstrating through action, Casey Ferguson helps youth see their true potential Twenty-six-year-old Casey Ferguson never met a sport he didn’t like. Growing up in Chevak, he participated in every athletic activity his school had to offer, from cross-country running, to … More

Coach and Principal Embraces Community, Diversity Through NYO

Sportsmanship defines the games for team Valdez The first time Rodney Morrison, NYO Coach and Principal of Gilson Middle School in Valdez, attended the NYO state competition, he witnessed something he’d never seen in 10 years of coaching sports. “One … More

Chanlyut Provides Positive Alternative to Recidivism

Barriers to work, education and housing keep Alaska rates high For two out of every three convicted men in Alaska, the last day of incarceration begins a countdown to the next crime they commit. “The whole point of rehabilitation is … More

Chanlyut Graduates: Where Are They Now?

Structured as a family, Chanlyut helps men make positive change and is built upon the belief that with hard work and positive support, people can achieve anything they set their minds to. Here’s how some recent Chanlyut program graduates spend … More

Dental Surgeon Gives Healthy Smiles Back to Chanlyut

As a child, when Gregory Grubba walked to church with his father in downtown Anchorage, he noticed the people in the street—many of them homeless or inebriated, or both. But his father never turned away when he saw someone down … More