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. 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 Applications will be open from December 1st, 2019 – January 5th, 2020.
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.
2017-2019 United States Arctic Youth Ambassadors
Keeping the land clean is very important to her, she participates in various community activities, such as Spring trash pick-up, community gardening, and volunteering at her local city building to teach younger teenagers how to live a healthy, clean, and humorous life.
She has been involved in student government since her freshman year, she served as vice president and later becoming president her senior year of high school. She attends biannual conferences focusing on issues that are controversial or deleterious to not only schools, but also communities. She has been in Teck John Baker Youth Leaders, in which she is a Youth Leader Captain. This program focuses on suicide prevention and anti-bullying. She also participates in cross country running and volleyball.
She volunteers her time to be a teacher’s aide in an elementary class because she felt her presence among the young students would be very beneficial to their future. She is overall dedicated to the wellbeing of her land, people, and way of life. And she hopes to one day fulfill her goal of teaching in rural Alaska.
The hobbies I like is being around family and friends, listening to music, participate in outdoor activities like camping and berry picking, hikes, watch sports like hockey, basketball and little football. Since I graduated, I’ve participate on the job with Municipality of Anchorage with Youth Employment in Parks (YEP) and my employment lead me to pursue a career in landscaping, at this time I am waiting for acceptance into the Alaska Job Corps.I am passionate of my culture and I feel that our generation should keep our cultures alive by having Alaska Native language classes and Arts and crafts, and Native Dancing in the Urban cities in the near future. I love to drum when given the opportunity and dance when I feel like dancing. Once you get in to drumming and dancing, you would have a lot of fun and you would want to learn as many songs as you can so that we can keep our stories and traditions alive and pass it down to the next generation and make our ancestors proud. I am excited to be an Ambassador and to sharing my stories/experience, about my community and learn as much on being a leader within your community!