The Sync Program at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska

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Sync Program
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Based in Juneau, Alaska, Bruce Weyhrauch is an experienced attorney with a focus on government affairs, regulation, and litigation. Dedicated to giving back, Bruce Weyhrauch has spent two years on the board of the local Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), which teams with at-risk youth to provide them with adult role models. BBBS of Alaska maintains a number of specialized programs for children with specific needs, including the Sync initiative.

Sync ensures that young people in the foster care system receive the support and guidance they need to achieve great things. Through the program, children in foster care are matched with an adult mentor, who provides a strong sense of stability as they move through the system and eventually graduate. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services provides funding to the Sync program to ensure that young people have support, especially as they age out of care.

Youth in foster care tend to have fewer resources and lesser support networks than other adolescents. Some may bounce between homes and start to feel lost. BBBS provides at least a small sense of consistency, and a person that each child can call on in times of need. Mentors serve as personal advocates, friends, and more, to ensure that participants know they always have someone rooting for them.

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Author: bruceweyhrauch

A respected lawyer, Bruce Weyhrauch has practiced law though his own law office in Juneau, Alaska, for nearly three decades. His regulatory and government affairs-focused practice handles a wide variety of matters, including labor relations and natural resources. Bruce Weyhrauch has held positions with the Juneau Port Authority, the Juneau Economic Development Council, and the City and Borough of Juneau Board of Equalization. An Eagle Scout, Bruce Weyhrauch has served as a Cubmaster, Den Leader, Troop Committee Chair, Scout Unit Charter Representative, and on the Southeast Alaska Council Executive Board. After receiving his BS in natural resource planning and engineering from Humboldt State University, Mr. Weyhrauch matriculated at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, where he served as the editor-in-chief of Environmental Law. His publications during this period include “Operation Exodus: The United States Government’s Program to Intercept Illegal Export of High Technology” (Computer Law Journal, 1986). Maintaining an active presence in his community, Mr. Weyhrauch serves on the Board of the Foundation for End-of-Life Care, Inc. He has also served as an officer or director on the Board of Directors of the Foundation For End of Life Care, Inc.,Chapel-by-the-Lake, Inc., Rotary International, Juneau Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc, Juneau Economic Development Council, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors, and the AWARE Women’s Shelter.

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