Big News from AYEA!

AYEA has some exciting changes to share with you!

We are taking AYEA’s life-changing youth leadership model…

As you know, AYEA provides unparalleled, life-changing training to Alaskan teens. Youth in AYEA develop powerful leadership skills and inspiration; they understand how our political system works and they advocate for issues they care about.

…and expanding our reach to engage young adults…

As illuminated in our 2008 Program Evaluation Report, AYEA is missing continued engagement and support for young adults. Though AYEA has a strong alumni network to share external opportunities and maintain relationships, no one in Alaska is currently providing the needed level of support and training to young adults 18-30.

…to build a continuum of opportunities to effectively empower the next generation of leaders for Alaska!

AYEA is going to be part of a brand-new organization that will have the framework to engage Alaskan youth from childhood through adolescence and on into adulthood.

Alaska Center for the Environment (ACE) and Alaska Conservation Alliance (ACA)’s boards just voted to merge. AYEA plans to join them in this new organization!

The new organization will combine ACE’s grassroots presence and significant south-central base, ACA’s statewide policy coordination and advocacy, and AYEA’s leadership cultivation with an expanded reach. All of these areas of strength, under one roof, working in close coordination toward the same goals will make us stronger and more effective than we are separately.

Stay tuned: Over the next few months, ACE and ACA will execute the legal and financial details of the merger process. We plan to transfer AYEA to the new organization this winter. In the coming months, we will share more details about the focus of the new organization and how you can be involved.

In the meantime, AYEA will continue to focus on our tried and true teen leadership programs. Our 2012 Youth Organizer Summit is next week in Wasilla (we’ve got teens coming from Arctic Village, Fairbanks, Dillingham, Anchorage, Seward, Homer, Kodiak, and Sitka!) In the coming weeks, we will be sharing exciting updates about the incredible youth leaders stepping up to the helm for our 2012-2013 season.

Please contact me if you have any questions or ideas!

Sincerely,

Megan McBride
AYEA Program Manager
907-830-3022 *new number*
mcbridem@ayea.org

Learn more about Alaska Center for the Environment at www.akcenter.org. Learn more about Alaska Conservation Alliance at www.akvoice.org.

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