"I AM" CAMPAIGN
Developed by the young minds of the Sitka Youth Leadership Committee (SYLC), the “I AM” Campaign promotes respect, celebrates diversity, and connects youth across Alaska.
It encourages young Alaskans to embrace their strengths, be proud of their unique qualities, and challenge stereotypes. We believe that recognizing and celebrating our differences strengthens community, helps build self-esteem, and respect for others.
Take the challenge and upload your photo with a positive adjective using the hashtag #respectchallenge today to help us reach our goal of 500 posts and 2,000 likes! Your picture could be chosen for the next online poster! Upload now and spread the word to friends and family.
"Respecting others begins with respecting yourself"
How Do I Take the Challenge?
Pick a photo!
Take one now, or find an old one that you love!
Are you adventerous? Smart? Fun-loving? Pick any positive adjective that describes you!
Choose an adjective
Tag & nominate
Post your photo and positive adjective to Instagram. Don't forget to use the #respectchallenge hashtag!
Don't forget to tag @sylcleaders and follow us so you can have a chance to be featured. When you're done, nominate 10 friends to take the challenge!
Spread The Word!
Share one of our campaign posters to help educate others about the role that self-esteem plays in protecting teens against risky behaviors!
Or, share our videos and PSAs about respect, healthy relationships, and breaking down stereotypes!
This is Walter. He chose his positive adjective to be beautiful. Beauty is a perception and a state of self-belief. Society today sets a rigid standard of beauty that stands as a wall. That wall is meant to be broken.
Brittany's positive adjective is "strong". She's a strong athlete and has a passion for volleyball. She is a strong leader in the sylc group. Also, strong student for leaving home all four years to attend a boarding school. A quote that she likes is "Be strong now because things will get better it may be stormy now but it can't rain forever"
This is Jasmine and she is optimistic: "I am confident about my future and look forward to new things".
This is Rebecca and she is brave. She is going to a boarding school away from home, which can be terrifying, but it has only made her stronger. It takes a brave person to become involved. She does Drama & Debate, Varsity Cross-country(XC), Cheer, and now Sitka Youth Leadership Committee, and she definitely had to be brave while doing all of this.
This is Zane and Allen. Zane chose his positive adjective to be optimistic. He is optimistic because he always sees he good in people! He always finds that the glass is half full. Allen is positive and doesn't like to be negative, because he likes to be happy and not sad, angry, depressed, or have any negative feelings. He likes to look at the world as positively as possible, so he won't feel negative.
Debbie chose the word indescribable for her photo. There are too many words in the English dictionary to settle on just one word. There is no single word to describe the complexity and beauty of a human being. And though one person may be indescribable, she knows for certain that a group of many are powerful!