May 13, 2005
To Whom It May Concern:
On behalf of Covenant House Alaska, I would like to offer my endorsement of Jason Hill’s transcontinental bike tour from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, which will begin in June.
Over the past year, Jason has dedicated every Friday to volunteering at Covenant House Alaska. He has enthusiastically assisted staff in supervising and interacting with youth staying in our shelter by participating in movie outings and other recreational activities. Additionally he has fulfilled a key role in the lives of our youth as a positive role model, good listener and a trusted friend. Recently he has also developed and implemented a bike maintenance course for our residents.
I am positive that Jason will use his infectious energy to promote awareness of youth issues in every country that he visits on this trek. The issue that we face every day at Covenant House Alaska, homelessness among kids, is one of the many youth issues that is an international problem. In Alaska it is estimated that over 5,000 kids are homeless. But the causes of homelessness are no different in Alaska than they are elsewhere; kids seek shelter to get away from disruptive and abusive family conditions, financial problems, legal problems and residential instability.
Jason Hill’s bike tour, Para Bien Estar-for well being, will show youth along his route the real-life application of healthy choices and organizational skills and that truly if youth set their mind on a goal, they can achieve anything. I wish Jason the best of luck on his endeavor and I know our kids look forward to hearing about his adventure when he returns.
Deirdre A. Phayer
MAILING: P.O. BOX 106460, ANCHORAGE, ALASKA 99510-4640