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Why NYO Matters

NYO_TonyR_sealskin-ballNYO Games Alaska is a year-round program that has a quantifiable positive impact on more than 2,000 youth each year.

NYO influences our young people to improve academic performance, strengthen overall health and well-being, and instills important values, including leadership and respect—values that make strong communities and build tomorrow’s leaders.

A 2019 survey emphasizing NYO’s impact was completed by 434 NYO athletes in grades 7-12. Here’s what we learned:

  • 81% credited NYO as an incentive to stay in school
  • 74% improved or maintained good grades in order to continue participation in NYO Games
  • 42% indicated indicated a better understanding of the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
  • 85% see themselves as role-models for future NYO athletes
  • 93% learned about Alaska Native culture and values
  • 91% developed new friendships with other athletes
  • 206 athletes stopped or reduced the use of tobacco, drugs, or alcohol
  • 65% indicated they practice at least 6 or more hours per week

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Thank you, to all our NYO partners and donors. Your investment builds tomorrow’s leaders!