Matt Clayton, Youth Programs Coordinator

Matt joined the team as Thrive’s Youth Programs Coordinator with a strong background in youth outreach, programming and youth positive development. Matt’s infectious enthusiasm, knowledge of games, youth-friendly activities and popular toys, especially Lego, and fun-loving personality have made all of Thrive’s youth programs and events amazing successes. Along with his family (Gretchen, Isaac, and Silas), Matt moved from the Midwest to Alaska three years ago. They have loved getting to know so many great people here and will never get used to the amazing views. The Claytons enjoy hiking, camping, sledding, and are always on the lookout for the next awesome Lego set.


Alyson Petrie, Youth Programs Assistant

Alyson began her journey with Thrive as an intern during her senior year of high school. She is now Thrive’s longest-standing employee, and you will find her in the office organizing endless Perler beads, using her love of art to help run Art Labs and activities all over the Valley, or making our Saturday Night Thrive events unforgettable. Alyson’s calm manner and kindness make her an integral part of our team.