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 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.
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.
See the Arctic Youth Ambassadors highlighted in “This Week at Interior, October 28, 2016” here.
Click the button below to see press coverage about the Ambassadors during the 2015-2017 U.S Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.
2015-2017 United States Arctic Youth Ambassadors
These first four Arctic Youth Ambassadors spoke about their commitment to addressing climate change and its impact on arctic communities in this video produced by Alaska Teen Media Institute.
I have two brothers, 17 and 21, and my mother and step dad. I graduated in 2015. I am now a freshman at UAS. I plan on getting my masters degree and then go on to get my PHD. I am concerned about transboundary mining affecting our traditional food gathering and fishing as well as our livelihoods. I attend as many meetings as I can with my mother, my mentor. She serves on the KIC Tribal Council and is the vice chair of the United Tribal Transboundary Mining Work Group, which represents 14 southeast tribes. I grew up living our traditional way of life. One of my favorite hobbies is to go fishing. I try my best to be a great role model for my family and friends and everyone around me. We are the next generation of leaders and it is very important to step up and be involved with issues involving our communities.