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.

Toastmasters International’s Smedley Fund

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Smedley Fund
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A resident of Juneau, Alaska, Bruce Weyhrauch provides advice and representation to clients on legal issues relating to fisheries, construction, labor relations, marine pilotage, and natural resources development. Beyond his work, Bruce Weyhrauch is active with Toastmasters International, a nonprofit leadership and communication development organization that operates the Smedley Fund.

Named after Ralph C. Smedley, who founded the organization, the Smedley Fund was established in 1965 with the aim of advancing the Toastmasters mission by researching, creating, and delivering key materials and programs dedicated to leadership and communication issues.

The fund creates opportunities, primarily through the development of the educational resources used by its members. The fund also allows Toastmasters to invest in expansion into new regions and support youth initiatives, such as its Youth Leadership Program.

Further, contributions to the Smedley Fund are often used to help those experiencing hardship, including domestic abuse and homelessness, in addition to providing emergency relief to those who have experienced natural disasters or extreme hardship.

Chapel by the Lake’s Involvement with the Juneau Community

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Chapel by the Lake
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Juneau, Alaska-based attorney Bruce Weyhrauch has owned and operated his law practice since 1998. Outside of work, Bruce Weyhrauch also serves as Trustee and treasurer at Chapel by the Lake, Inc., a church that draws from and supports mission in the Juneau community.

Members of the church provide leadership at Glory Hole, a local center for people dealing with homelessness and that serves meals multiple each month. The church is also involved with Love Inc., which identifies members of the Juneau community in need and leverages pooled church resources to help meet those needs. Chapel by the Lake also offers funding and volunteers to keep this important organization in operation.

The church reaches out to people in need by providing chaplains to patients at Bartlett Regional Hospital and individuals incarcerated at Lemon Creek Correctional Facility. To support elderly population, the church assists in giving services at the Juneau Pioneer Home, a place for senior citizens. To connect with teenagers, the church participates in the Young Life outreach program.

Individuals can learn more about Chapel by the Lake’s involvement with the community, including how to help, at ChapelByTheLake.org.

Boy Scouts Protect Environment through Conservation Good Turn

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Conservation Good Turn
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Juneau, Alaska, resident Bruce Weyhrauch is an Eagle Scout who has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) as a volunteer for more than five decades. Bruce Weyhrauch has served as both a Cubmaster, den leader, member of the Southeast Council Executive Board, a Citizenship merit badge counselor, and now as the charter representative of Chapel by the Lake to a Boy Scout troop and a Cub Scout pack.

Conservation constitutes a primary platform for one of the elements of the BSA’s outdoor program, environmental conservation. Through scouting, local scout organizations may contact a conservation agency, such as the United States Forest Service or Fish and Wildlife Service, or state conservation agencies, such as the Department of Fish and Game, which help identify conservation service projects in the local community.

Once a project has been agreed upon, the scouting group and agency work together to plan details to ensure that the conservation program is executed smoothly and appropriately managed.

Because many conservation agencies have a major backlog of projects, scouting groups can ease that burden while making a major impact on the community by agreeing to take on one of these initiatives. Projects could include planting grass to prevent erosion, organizing a neighborhood recycling program, or creating a natural resources awareness program.