CIRI Youth Opportunities

Submissions due by 5 p.m. on Aug. 9

Each year, CIRI engages young shareholders and descendants with a variety of youth programs, including the opportunity to serve as a youth representative on the Shareholder Participation Committee (SPC) and CIRI’s Youth Art Contest.

SPC Youth Representatives

Teens have an opportunity to apply for one of three youth representative positions on the Shareholder Participation Committee (SPC). SPC youth representatives provide input to the SPC as it works with the corporation on issues or activities identified by the SPCs, the shareholders or the corporation.

To be eligible to serve, youth must be a CIRI shareholder or a confirmed, registered CIRI descendant 13 to 17 years of age. Interested youth must submit:

  1. An application;
  2. Letter of introduction;
  3. Reference letter; and
  4. A short essay explaining why s/he wants to serve as a youth representative and what s/he knows about her/his Alaska Native heritage and CIRI.

Submissions must be received by CIRI by 5 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on Wednesday, Aug. 9, to be considered. The application can be downloaded and printed at www.ciri.com and is also available from Shareholder Relations. Information on how to register as a CIRI descendant is also available on the CIRI website and from Shareholder Relations.

Complete packets received by the Aug. 9 deadline will be reviewed by a selection committee and those chosen will be contacted. Youth representatives participate in a two-day October SPC meeting, which is when new SPC members — brought on after the Annual Meeting of Shareholders — receive general information about CIRI and its affiliated nonprofit organizations, as well as a one-day meeting in June.

CIRI believes it will be useful for the youth representatives to hear this information and to have an opportunity to meet CIRI Board members and executive staff. In turn, CIRI leadership hopes to learn more about the issues important to the next generation of shareholders.

Samuel Gray Zirkle-Crowe received first place in the ages 5 to 8 category in the 2016 Youth Art Contest.
Samuel Gray Zirkle-Crowe received first place in the ages 5 to 8 category in the 2016 Youth Art Contest.

Youth Art Contest Submissions

Interested CIRI shareholders or descendants aged 5 to 12 may submit original artwork interpreting the theme “The WILDlife in Alaska” and a completed entry form to be entered in the 2017 Youth Art Contest. Winning entries will be displayed at the CIRI and The CIRI Foundation Friendship Potlatches this fall.

Entry forms can be downloaded and printed at www.ciri.com and are also available from Shareholder Relations. Completed forms and submissions must be received by CIRI on or before 5 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

For information on additional youth opportunities, visit www.ciri.com/youth.