CHA Youth Shadows the Governor for a Day

Tyler is a tall, athletic and genial 19-year-old with ambitions to go into law enforcement. It’s hard to believe that only one year ago, he was also homeless.

On a freezing November night at the 2015 Covenant House Sleepout, Tyler had the opportunity to tell his story to Governor Bill Walker. They struck up a conversation, and the governor was impressed with the young man.

The governor asked Tyler what his goals were, and he said to get a stable job—so Walker offered him the opportunity to job shadow his office.

In March, Tyler took the governor up on the invitation, and flew to Juneau to meet with him. What followed was a whirlwind day of meetings, including with Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, House Speaker Mike Chenault and other public officials. They even had lunch in the Governor’s House, along with Lt. Governor Mallott.

“It was really fun – a once-in-a lifetime thing,” said Tyler. “You don’t just meet with the governor everyday.”

“We are incredibly proud of Tyler and his achievements,” said Heidi Carson, who runs CHA’s shelter services and has worked with Tyler for a year. “He’s very smart and has lots of potential, and he’s been a great role model to his peers.”