Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program
The Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program brings together diverse youth from across Alaska to serve as ambassadors for their communities and country in building awareness at home and abroad about life in the Arctic.
The inaugural cohort served for a course of two years, which coincided with the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council from 2015-2017. During this time, the youth ambassadors shared both their local perspective on Arctic issues and priorities and new knowledge they gained by engaging with partners and leaders from around the world. They added their voices and solutions to a global conversation about how to sustain communities, cultures and the environment in a changing Arctic. To read more about the inaugural cohort, click here. The 2017-2019 cohort of Arctic Youth Ambassadors in worked with the Arctic Council’s Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Working Group, which was chaired by the U.S as Finland assumed leadership of the Arctic Council.
The 2020-2021 Arctic Youth Ambassador Application period is now closed.
Changes in the Arctic did not happen overnight, and some of the challenges the region (and the world) faces, such as climate change, cannot be solved overnight. Younger generations will play an important role in addressing these challenges. The Arctic Youth Ambassadors is one group of knowledgeable youth from across the State who understand the Arctic and its people and can explain it from a youth perspective for their peers across the United States and around the world.
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The Arctic Youth Ambassadors program was originally established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Department of State in partnership with nonprofit partner Alaska Geographic. This page is hosted by Alaska Geographic.
In the News
Arctic Youth Ambassadors have been involved in programs and meetings around Alaska, in other states, and as far as Norway, Iceland, and France. Through interviews, media coverage, and blogs, their stories are spreading far and wide, raising awareness about the changing Arctic and inspiring greater public involvement.
To learn more about the Arctic Youth Ambassadors program, see this video to the left.