A record number of kids are currently in Alaska's Foster Care System. Caseworkers are overloaded. Families and kids are frustrated. But it's not all bad news. Communities are around the state are developing solutions to both support families who are involved with the system and prevent kids from going into foster care in the first place.
Some people stay at Fairbanks Correctional Center for a few days. Others are at the pre-trial facility for years. Most of the inmates are living their lives in limbo — awaiting their trials and their futures. During Community in Unity: Life in Limbo, inmates, correctional center staff, and other community members sit together for an open conversation about the justice system, day-to-day life at FCC, and what's happening on the outside to help people who are released.
More and more people are moving to Alaska from other parts of the world both as immigrants and refugees. They contribute to the local community and economy. How do we, as a community, make their transitions more successful and the community more welcoming? How do people both preserve their cultures and integrate into Alaska?
Many crimes are fueled by drug and alcohol addictions. So what can prevent some criminal activity? Helping people receive treatment. During Community in Unity: Recovery Behind Bars, inmates, staff, and other community members gathered inside Goose Creek Correctional Center near Wasilla to share stories about treatment, crime, and recovery.
Human interactions are all shaped by implicit biases - assumptions we unconsciously make based on media, experiences and societal influences. So how do we look beyond those biases to see people as they really are and strengthen our community? How do we recognize racism and combat it?
Being incarcerated is hard. So is being released. How are people from rural Alaska connecting with their communities and their cultures while in prison, and preparing for what’s next? Listen to a conversation at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome.
How much does race matter? Does it define who you are? How people react to you? Join us for Community in Unity: Race & Identity, a public conversation about race, how it helps us define ourselves, and how it influences our interactions with others.
What's it like to live with a mental illness and to go through recovery? How do people react to you? What assumptions do they make? Learn more about mental health and how it shapes our communities during the next Community in Unity.
From lost jobs to family emergencies to mental health conditions, everyone who has experienced homelessness has a different story. Many people are just one paycheck away. Join us for an open conversation on Tuesday, April 25 at 6 pm about the pathways into homelessness and the strategies different community members and organizations are using to try to solve the problem.
Community in Unity went off the road system in April for a conversation about immigration and community building in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor. Nearly half the residents of the small Aleutian fishing town are immigrants. Community members and students came together for two different events to talk about how immigration has shaped Unalaska, what makes it such an accepting place to live, and how that could change because of national rhetoric and shifting immigration policy. Community in Unity – Unalaska is a co-production of Alaska Public Media and Unalaska Community Broadcasting.