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RurAL CAP Receives $20,000 Grant From Staples Foundation for Learning


Funds Will Support Substance Abuse Prevention and Life Skills Conference

Anchorage, Alaska (January, 2011) - The Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP) announced it has received a $20,000 grant from Staples Foundation for Learning (SFFL), a private foundation created by Staples, Inc.  Funding from SFFL will support the Rural Providers’ Conference (RPC) Youth Track in 2011, an annual conference that addresses the high rate of substance abuse by rural Alaskan adolescents and aims to develop the life skills of at-risk youth.

The Youth Track Conference is an annual gathering designed for rural Alaskans who are substance abuse service providers, youth, Elders and family members interested in celebrating and encouraging the continual growth of the Alaska Native Sobriety Movement.  The 2010 Youth Track Conference included more than 200 people from throughout the state, including more than 30 youth.  The Youth Track included a media project and communication skills with the Alaska Teen Media Institute, a drumming class with the Kodiak Island Drummers, and a discussion on what it means to be a leader.

“The Youth Track is an opportunity for rural teens to connect with other teens and engage in constructive and educational activities,” said Cathie Clements, community development division director of RurAL CAP.  “Youth often return home as resilient, healthy individuals and potential leaders for organizing similar youth activities locally.”

“Staples Foundation for Learning remains committed to supporting organizations like Rural Alaska Community Action Program as they work hard to provide a phenomenal life skills program that truly makes an impact on the lives of young people throughout Alaska,” said Amy Shanler, director of community relations, Staples, Inc.


About RurAL CAP

RurAL CAP, a statewide non-profit corporation, has been working to improve the quality of life for low-income Alaskans since 1965. RurAL CAP employed more than 850 people in 2009 with expenditures of over $26 million.  It provides resources and services to enhance child and family development, improve housing, reduce energy costs, develop leadership, protect traditional uses of fish and game, promote environmental responsiveness, support health and wellness, develop and assist with community plans, and foster independent living.

About Staples Foundation for Learning

Founded in 2002, Staples Foundation for Learning has contributed to nearly 1,000 global, national and local charities that provide educational opportunities and job skills for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. Staples Foundation for Learning builds lasting relationships with world-class organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Ashoka, Earth Force, TakingItGlobal, and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. The foundation is the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. and is an integral component of Staples Soul, which recognizes the connection between long-term business success and the impact Staples has on associates, communities and the planet. For more information about the foundation and Staples Soul, please visit www.staplesfoundation.org and www.staples.com/soul.

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