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Simple Kindness for Youth


About Us

Our Mission
To help young people build and maintain their self-esteem by providing means to access basic needs, enable them to feel accepted with their peers, and enable access to educational activities and community participation.

Our Commitment
SKY board members are unpaid volunteers. All contributions go directly to the youth of Houghton, Baraga and Keweenaw counties

Sky (Simple Kindness for Youth)
is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Board members:

Lynnette Borree
Mary Eckhart
Kathy Flagstadt
Pam Hiltunen
Joyce Julio-Houle
Robert Megowen
Susan O’Connell
Chris Schuldt
Gwen Stockwell
Lauren Strayer
Lois Weber
Risa Williamson
Chris Wilmers


News and Events

Elsa Strayer Memorial SKY Scholarship (applications due March 27, 2021)

Elsa Strayer was a founding member of Simple Kindness for Youth (SKY). Her dedication to the community was extensive. Elsa was a computer programmer at General Motors. She taught mathematics at a community college in Flint, and was an active volunteer with the Flint Institute of Arts as well as a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Grand Blanc. After returning to the Copper Country, Elsa was an active member of Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, a proud board member of Simple Kindness for Youth, and a twenty-year volunteer with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, where she was a volunteer coordinator and completed thousands of tax returns for the elderly and others in the community. Elsa cared deeply for her friends, family, community, and loved New York City. She enjoyed traveling the world, immediately befriending people wherever she went.

The Award Winner will be chosen based on the qualities that Elsa exhibited in her life: kindness, hard work, compassion, dedication, love, thoughtfulness, and volunteerism. To apply for this scholarship, complete this Google Form:

Elsa Strayer Memorial SKY Scholarship Application


$100,000.00 MILESTONE!
SKY has given out $100,000 in grants. Each grant has made a difference in the life of one of our local kids. We couldn’t have done it without your support. Thank you!

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