CIRI Youth Opportunities

James Thorne received first place in the ages 5 to 8 category in the 2017 Youth Art Contest.

SUBMISSIONS DUE BY 5 P.M. ON AUG. 8, 2018

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 an annual Youth Art Contest. Visit www.ciri.com/youth to learn about other youth programs and opportunities.

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. A letter of introduction;
  3. 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; and
  4. A letter of recommendation.

Submissions must be received by CIRI by 5 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, 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. 8 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.

Youth Art Contest

To be entered in the 2018 Youth Art Contest, interested CIRI shareholders or descendants aged 5 to 12 are invited to submit original artwork interpreting the theme “I have FUN learning how to…” and a completed entry form by 5 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. 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.