Board Member Recruitment
Fairbanks Youth Advocates is currently seeking to expand our board with passionate and skilled individuals who share the desire to help the homeless, runaway and at-risk youth in the Interior Alaska Community. Although not limited to these skills, we are seeking individuals who have experience in fundraising, business, legal matters, graphic design and website management. Please read through the documents below and send your application to Marylee@fairbanksyouthadvocates.org.
Fairbanks Youth Advocates Governance Board
- Patrick J Endres: President
- Dave Miller: Interim Vice President
- Sarah Finnell: Treasurer
- Tami Manning: Secretary
Patrick J Endres
Business owner: AlaskaPhotoGraphics
B.A. Theology; minor: Family & Counseling
I came to Fairbanks from Wisconsin in 1981 to attend the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. I’ve been here ever since, and have my home and business in the Fairbanks community. My choice to serve on the FYA board lies in the simple fact that I’m drawn to help young people, particularly those who for reasons often beyond their control, end up in difficult circumstances. I believe that older generations need to look back on younger ones with shrewd eyes and understanding, and where possible, help mediate them out of troubled pathways. I believe in the power of human presence, and creating an infrastructure to make positive connections happen in practical and meaningful ways can offer hope and help for at-risk youth. I want to be part of that process, in particular in my community.
My academic degrees include a BA in Theology and a minor in family and counseling. My vocational experience includes creating a business in the visual arts, with a focus on freelance photography. Coupled with years of keen observation of life and society, my academic and work experience provide a skill set in the business and social spheres helpful for seeing the big picture of a non-profit entity.
Elementary Education Teacher
My participation in Fairbanks Youth Advocates can be traced back to my experiences growing up in a privileged environment while recognizing the copious amounts of suffering throughout the world. At a young age, I decided that I needed to spend my time trying to balance the inequalities of the world. In college, I studied abroad in South Africa and learned about the struggles and social justice programs there. I considered putting my efforts into global change but decided I needed to return home to the United States where I could work within our country’s system to hopefully bring about change at a local level.
After graduating with a degree in Theater, I worked with at-risk youth in Seattle as an AmeriCorps volunteer. A year later, I moved to Fairbanks and soon was hired to run a Federally funded Street Outreach Program for homeless and at-risk youth. Throughout my years as the coordinator of that outreach program, I also worked as an HIV prevention educator, served as the financial officer at the Arctic Alliance for People, and directed a play about the lives of homeless teens in Fairbanks. After only 5 years in the social work field, I decided to pursue a slightly different career in Elementary Education (where not every youth I met would be in crisis). I am still passionate about this important social issue and want to stay connected and involved, using my past experiences to continue to support at-risk and homeless teens at a different level than I previously did. My involvement in Fairbanks Youth Advocates was a natural choice in rekindling my involvement with homeless youth advocacy.
Dave B. Miller
Homebuilder: Business Owner
I moved with my wife Laurie to Alaska in 1980. We lived in Delta Junction for the first 15 years we were in Alaska and raised our four children in a rural, conservative Christian community environment. We moved into Fairbanks in 1999 and consider Fairbanks to be our town. I had a transforming moment around the time we moved to Fairbanks. I found myself spending a lot of time in the visiting area of the mental health floor at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. I saw a lot of kids that were in really bad shape. My previous state of mind was to be judgmental and self-righteous towards kids with piercings and tattoos and obvious behavioral issues. After seeing some of these kids in a different environment, with a better understanding of why they were acting out and mistreating themselves and others I realized that God’s love for each of them was not one bit less than his love for me. This attitude change caused me to look for avenues to serve my town in a way that would help the less fortunate and not judge them.
When I had the opportunity to help with the S.O.A.P. kitchen remodel, I found out about F.Y.A. and their mission. I believe it is the perfect opportunity for me to let my light shine, to bring some energy and experience as a builder and businessman to assist F.Y.A. both as a board member and as a hands-on helper on projects we become involved with. Laurie and I are about to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary and around the same time welcome our third grandchild into Fairbanks. I believe that our actions speak louder than our words and I am appreciative and honored to serve on the F.Y.A. board.
Employment Service Technician: State of Alaska Career Support and Traning Services
My family and I moved to Fairbanks in 1981 and Fairbanks has been home ever since then. When I was a freshman in High School, my parents separated and my life drastically changed from that point. Needless to say, I’ve made some bad choices that began a downward spiral and took me 15 years and a miracle from God to pull me out of the depths of despair. I had a fiancée and a beautiful baby girl. We had a brand new $135,000.00 3 bedroom house and I was working a great job in construction. One could say that I was living the American Dream. I lost it all because of bad choices. I lost my fiancée, my daughter, and my house. And it was in that process, I lost myself and I lost hope. I started living couch to couch, staying in a camp in the woods and in a warm-up shack at work. Yes, I still had a job, but I was only working to provide for my addiction.
I was at the end of my rope, I was homeless and hopeless.
Then one day as I was walking back to camp, I distinctly remember having a conversation with the Lord. I told the Lord, “I hope you have a plan for my life because I am ready for this life to end. I will go into these woods and never come out, I will freeze to death out here, I don’t care anymore.” Keep in mind this is Nov 15th and -20 degrees. As I was walking and having this conversation with the Lord, I found myself stopped in front of the Fairbanks Rescue Mission looking at a sign on the fence that read, “Too Good Too Be Threw.” The Lord spoke to me and to my heart. He said, “Stacy, you are too good to be threw.” So, I went inside, and it changed my life forever. What I found inside was a loving, caring staff that didn’t want anything from me. They accepted me as I was. They had hope in a future that I couldn’t see for myself. They saw potential in me that I did not see and they had faith in the person I could become. They loved me “Unconditionally,” and because of this love, because of his love, I am here today.
This is why I want to serve on the Fairbanks Youth Advocates Board. I want Fairbanks Youth Advocates to continue to be that beacon of hope for youth who are in need. That safe place where youth can come and find hope without judgment. A place where we see their potential and have the faith in the people they can become. A place where they are loved “Unconditionally” and a place where they find Gods Love. I want to be a part of that hope. I want to be a part of making that difference.