Note from Rep. Gara: Foster Youth Mentors Needed At Big Brothers/Sisters; Adoptive & Foster Parents Needed Too

Rep. Gara Newsletter I consider it good news when there are ways to help people. Many years ago, when I started working to improve our foster care system, I listened to youth, and learned I had it all wrong. Or partially wrong. One thing they made clear was that foster care isn’t all about, well, just improving the foster care system. It’s about what happens when a youth leaves the system, has no reliable parent, and has no reliable adult to turn to for advice. In prior years statistics have shown high post-foster care homelessness (approx. 35%) and incarceration rates (approx. 20%) and we all want to do better.
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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Spotlighting Small Businesses

Claman's Alaska Matters Locally-owned businesses build strong communities by keeping dollars in the local economy, creating jobs, and sustaining vibrant neighborhoods. This week, we recognize two successful, growing businesses in our community: Anchorage Yoga and the Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria!
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Rep. Spohnholz’s Newsletter: Public Safety

Rep. Spohnholz's newsletter I have heard from many community members about public safety concerns in their neighborhoods. There has been an increase in crime in Anchorage which the Anchorage Police Department is responding to with three new training academies this year to get new recruits out on to the street. In the meantime, I want to share some resources you can use to take action in your own neighborhood.
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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: WEEKEND COMMUNITY EVENTS

Tarr's Times Hope everyone is doing great and enjoying the last week before school starts! Two of our schools, Airport Heights and Mountain View, are undergoing much needed renovations, and I’m excited that our students will benefit from these upgrades. For Mountain View, the big improvement is sound proofing! With all the military planes flying overhead there are times a teacher has to stop class because the noise is too much. Once completed, this shouldn’t happen anymore. Airport Heights will benefit from a little more space as well as improved areas for some programs. Stop by and take a look!
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