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 Anchorage Equal Rights Commission kicks off “Anchorage Teens @ Work” Initiative 


5/25/2010 | Contact: Barbara A. Jones, (907) 343-4339 or Marie Husa, (907) 343-4342
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ANCHORAGE- On Thurs., May 20, 2010, the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission kicked off “Anchorage Teens @ Work” – an initiative to educate Anchorage teens and their employers on the laws against discrimination in the workplace. Anchorage Equal Rights Commission Executive Director Barbara Jones says this resource for teens is timely given that many young people work or look for work during the summer break.

 The initiative includes videos clips featuring Anchorage teens in various work situations facing different types of discrimination. The initiative also features a Facebook page and a poster. The videos and poster can be found on Facebook by searching for “Anchorage Teens @ Work” or at!/pages/Anchorage-Teens-Work/120129941351749?ref=ts.

The initiative was developed by Leadership Anchorage 2010 members Peter Briggs, Monique Henriksen, Larry Yang Lawson and Kimberly Wetzel, who chose to do a community service project for the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission. The community service project is one of the keystones of the Leadership Anchorage program. Anchorage Equal Rights Commission Chair Herb Turner thanked the Leadership Anchorage members for their outstanding work with a resolution from the Commission at the Thursday kickoff.

 Leadership Anchorage is a program of the Alaska Humanities Forum and began in Anchorage in 1997. The Anchorage Equal Rights Commission enforces Municipal and other laws prohibiting discrimination and offers training to civic and other organizations on the laws prohibiting discrimination. For more information about the AERC, go to, or contact the AERC at 343-4342 or at

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