Established in memory of Ryan Kauffman, with a focus on helping middle school students in Sitka. This fund will help students thrive by facilitating their participation in scholastic and extracurricular activities that they might not otherwise be able to afford.
Ryan was a beloved member of the Sitka community. He is remembered for his boundless generosity and his sweet sense of humor, but where he truly excelled was in his interactions with Sitka youth.
Ryan had a rare magic and approachability that kids of all ages were drawn to. He simply believed in kids without judgment; in return, he gained their trust and respect. Ryan worked in various capacities to mentor youth with the Sitka School District during his 15 years in Sitka, most notably his 10-year dedication to tobacco prevention and cessation.
Ryan connected with students of all backgrounds, but he was exceptional at identifying students with life stressors that needed additional support. He recognized the potential in these students and supported them in reaching their goals. His genuine commitment to these students had a profound impact on their lives.
Ryan mentored innumerable youth during his all-too-brief life in Sitka. This fund will support an annual scholarship in Ryan’s memory.
Find out more about the intent of the Fund and witness the handmade bench dedication to Ryan in Sitka, Alaska.