Teens assist peers in need at P.O.W.E.R Center

Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Caitlyn Reibel gives Becca Shier a hug in the downtown transit center on February 15, 2013. Shier is an outreach case manager for Alaska Youth Advocates. Alaska Youth Advocates operates the P.O.W.E.R Teen Drop-in Center in the downtown transit center. The center is a place for teens to spend time, receive clothing and food, talk with a professional counselor and visit a health clinic. Outreach workers also visit teens on the street to offer information and hygiene supplies.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Calesia Monroe, a peer outreach worker, conducts activities with teens from the community detention program of the McLaughlin Youth Center on February 13, 2013. Alaska Youth Advocates operates the P.O.W.E.R Teen Drop-in Center in the downtown transit center. The center is a place for teens to spend time, receive clothing and food, talk with a professional counselor and visit a health clinic. Outreach workers also visit teens on the street to offer information and hygiene supplies.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Katrina Schwan, who is in training to become a peer outreach worker, makes phone calls to other social service agencies to gather information. Alaska Youth Advocates operates the P.O.W.E.R Teen Drop-in Center in the downtown transit center. The center is a place for teens to spend time, receive clothing and food, talk with a professional counselor and visit a health clinic. Outreach workers also visit teens on the street to offer information and hygiene supplies.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Correen Oktollik talks with P.O.W.E.R Center outreach workers outside the downtown transit center. Alaska Youth Advocates operates the P.O.W.E.R Teen Drop-in Center in the downtown transit center. The center is a place for teens to spend time, receive clothing and food, talk with a professional counselor and visit a health clinic. Outreach workers also visit teens on the street to offer information and hygiene supplies.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Randy Efird, left, Calesia Monroe do peer outreach work with youth from the McLaughlin Youth Center's community detention program on February 13, 2013. Alaska Youth Advocates operates the P.O.W.E.R Teen Drop-in Center in the downtown transit center. The center is a place for teens to spend time, receive clothing and food, talk with a professional counselor and visit a health clinic. Outreach workers also visit teens on the street to offer information and hygiene supplies.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Devin Batiste talks with others at the P.O.W.E.R. Center on February 15, 2013. Alaska Youth Advocates operates the P.O.W.E.R Teen Drop-in Center in the downtown transit center. The center is a place for teens to spend time, receive clothing and food, talk with a professional counselor and visit a health clinic. Outreach workers also visit teens on the street to offer information and hygiene supplies.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Aisha Atonio, 16, works on algebra homework at the P.O.W.E.R. Center on February 13, 2013. Alaska Youth Advocates operates the P.O.W.E.R Teen Drop-in Center in the downtown transit center. The center is a place for teens to spend time, receive clothing and food, talk with a professional counselor and visit a health clinic. Outreach workers also visit teens on the street to offer information and hygiene supplies.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Outreach workers Randy Efird, left, and Becca Shier talk with Alaska Youth Advocates executive director Heather Harris on February 15, 2013. Alaska Youth Advocates operates the P.O.W.E.R Teen Drop-in Center in the downtown transit center. The center is a place for teens to spend time, receive clothing and food, talk with a professional counselor and visit a health clinic. Outreach workers also visit teens on the street to offer information and hygiene supplies.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Devin Batiste talks with P.O.W.E.R Center outreach workers Randy Efird, left, and Becca Shier. Alaska Youth Advocates operates the P.O.W.E.R Teen Drop-in Center in the downtown transit center. The center is a place for teens to spend time, receive clothing and food, talk with a professional counselor and visit a health clinic. Outreach workers also visit teens on the street to offer information and hygiene supplies.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Heather Harris is executive director of Alaska Youth Advocates. Alaska Youth Advocates operates the P.O.W.E.R Teen Drop-in Center in the downtown transit center. The center is a place for teens to spend time, receive clothing and food, talk with a professional counselor and visit a health clinic. Outreach workers also visit teens on the street to offer information and hygiene supplies.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Outreach case worker Becca Shier, left, talks with Quintin Anderson at the P.O.W.E.R. Center. Alaska Youth Advocates operates the P.O.W.E.R Teen Drop-in Center in the downtown transit center. The center is a place for teens to spend time, receive clothing and food, talk with a professional counselor and visit a health clinic. Outreach workers also visit teens on the street to offer information and hygiene supplies.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Alaska Youth Advocates outreach workers Becca Shier and Randy Efird walk downtown to talk with teens to distribute clothing, hygiene items and Alaska Youth Advocates operates the P.O.W.E.R Teen Drop-in Center in the downtown transit center. The center is a place for teens to spend time, receive clothing and food, talk with a professional counselor and visit a health clinic. Outreach workers also visit teens on the street to offer information and hygiene supplies.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News P.O.W.E.R. Center outreach worker Becca Shier talks with colleague Randy Efird at the P.O.W.E.R. Center. Alaska Youth Advocates operates the P.O.W.E.R Teen Drop-in Center in the downtown transit center. The center is a place for teens to spend time, receive clothing and food, talk with a professional counselor and visit a health clinic. Outreach workers also visit teens on the street to offer information and hygiene supplies.
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