About Us

Youth have the power to change your community and create a sustainable world.

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) inspires and trains diverse youth leaders to impact environmental issues through community action projects and campaigns; skills training in leadership, environmental education, civic engagement, and community organizing; and green jobs that sustain our communities and future.

AYEA is a program of the Alaska Center for the Environment with community chapters around the state and individual youth members from over fifty communities.

Our mission, first drafted by the 6 youth founders in 1998, is to educate, inspire, and take action on issues facing our diverse communities.

We operate on the values of youth empowerment, sustainability, diversity, justice, healthy environments, and cross-cultural experience.

Staff AYEA teen leaders are supported by two full-time program staff and seasonal interns. Staff coordinate youth trainings, support youth-led projects and campaigns, raise funds for AYEA activities, and connect youth and adult leaders throughout the state. Staff uphold AYEA’s values and focus on youth empowerment and youth-adult collaboration at all levels of the program. If you ...

Join Up! Become a part of Alaska’s most inspiring, youth-driven, action-oriented network for change! Any youth age 13-18 is encouraged to become an AYEA member. Members have a range of opportunities to develop skills, mentor other youth, and shape AYEA’s future. Groups of youth can form AYEA chapters and create their own centers of youth environmental action. We also ...

Past Staff AYEA has been supported by an amazing range of adults, youth, and graduates over the past ten years! See what they have done for our program, and connect with them for future job, training, or project opportunities. Click here for information on AYEA’s Current Staff! Claire Berezowitz AYEA Program Coordinator, 2011-2012 Bon Voyage and Best of luck to ...

Statewide Advisory Group AYEA teen leaders, graduates, and adult mentors form our Statewide Advisory Group (SWAG), which provides strategic direction and oversight for our program. SWAG members participate in bi-monthly 1 hour teleconferences to address statewide AYEA decisions, and one face-to-face retreat for strategic planning. SWAG is always a fun group of dynamic, committed youth leaders, graduates and ...

Achievements Last year was an exciting year for Alaska Youth for Environmental Action. An overview of all our achievements is in our 2011 Annual Report. Here are a couple highlights from the past two years: For two years, teens in Juneau Alaska worked to research the economic and environmental costs and benefits of disposable versus reusable silverware. They ...