Sunday, November 8, 2009

Empowering Our Youth

After attending a candlelight vigil to bring awareness about homeless teenagers last week, it was refreshing to be a part of an event for an organization that strives to empower young adults and youth.

YEA, Inc. Youth/Young Adult Empowered Achievers was founded to help underserved youth become more confident, give them an outlet for their talents, help prepare them for the workforce and create a support system for troubled teens.

I was honored to be asked to help MC a fashion show fundraiser for the organization. I am truly amazed at the generosity of the Anchorage community for helping make the event happen and at the wealth of talent brought to the stage this night.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sobering statistics

Did you know that on any given night, America has 1,000,000 homeless teenagers? Wow. Here in Anchorage, AK there is an organization called Covenant House that serves as a "safe haven" for homeless teenagers.
I was invited to participate in Covenant House's annual candlelight vigil to bring awareness to this section of the homeless population. Homelessness is a dire predicament to be in anywhere, but especially in a state where the temperatures are below freezing for 7 months of the year! Please do what you can to support the stamping out of homelessness nationwide.

I hope to teach my daughter as she gets older to volunteer her time in support of causes and charities she believes in. Right now she's participating by association!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A time for change

The contract I was flying for has come to an end. I am what I call "gainfully unemployed" for the winter. It feels good to be able to devote more of my time to my Mrs. Alaska duties and to my family. I will, of course, be flying my personal airplane as much as possible. Who knows what weird adventure awaits us out there?

Sometimes it takes not being around the ones you love to make you realize how much you missed being around them in the first place.

Family and friends are where it's at.

Enjoy your day!