Innovations to empower Alaskans
Across our state, nonprofits and tribal organizations are finding meaningful ways to help people heal and address trauma, substance misuse, emotional crises and mental illness.
At Alaska Seeds of Change, a program of Alaska Behavioral Health in Midtown Anchorage, youth ages 16-24 learn to manage a state-of-the-art indoor hydroponic farm, growing vegetables while developing essential workplace and interpersonal skills. Staff are seen jumping for joy in 2022 outside the building. The eye-popping mural was painted by youth and volunteers led by artist Sarah Davies.
In Kotzebue, Maniilaq Association faced challenges with inadequate building space and had to provide care to clients in the Post Office building. In 2021, in part with the help of a Foundation grant, they were able to house all behavioral health services in a purposely renovated space.