The Faces of AYEA

A collection of stories from AYEA members and grads. Keep your eyes on the youth recognized here — they are Alaska’s future leaders!

Meet our 2014 Training Team for the Civics and Conservation Summit!

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  Meet the ADULT TRAINERS Melissa Heuer Born and raised in Alaska, Melissa is an avid outdoors enthusiast and enjoyer of our wild outdoor places. She was hooked on Bristol Bay specifically after seeing the extraordinary number of fish and fishermen there and immediately felt that the Pebble Mine could not destroy this area. She […]

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Welcome, 2013 Youth Organizers!

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Abbey VandenBerg, Gustavus Abbey is a senior at Juneau Douglas High School. She believes that the connection between humans and the environment is vital to the health of society and the individual. She enjoys exploring and connecting with the Earth’s wild places, as well as the Earth’s wild people. She enjoys good jazz, good coffee, […]

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AYEA Teens Win the Prestigious Denny Wilcher Award!

Three AYEA grads have been selected to receive the Denny Wilcher Award for Young Environmental Activists from Alaska Conservation Foundation! This is the most prestigious award for young environmental activists in the state, and honors Alaska high school seniors who have made significant contributions to their communities and who seek solutions to environmental problems and […]

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Welcome, 2013 Conservation Interns!

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As one of Alaska Center for the Environment‘s programs, AYEA now coordinates Alaska Conservation Foundation’s Conservation Internship Program. Interns work with host organizations around the state performing a variety of jobs, ranging from media outreach and environmental health fieldwork, to networking down the Yukon! WELCOME, 2013 INTERNS! Samantha Baker, Fisheries Conservation Communication and Outreach Intern, […]

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Donor Profile: Becky Judd

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“I envision a future where the environment is always able to provide the food needed for the population.”


– Leila Pyle, AYEA Youth Organizer, Kodiak. This is Leila’s vision; what’s yours? This past weekend, AYEA teens from across the state participated in the AYEA Youth Organizer Fall Summit. The overall theme was local food. Report-back coming soon! Now, teens are getting ready to celebrate Food Day on Wednesday, October 24. Food Day celebrates a “movement […]

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“AYEA provided that magic”


Emily Brease (Healy, 2012 Graduate) spoke as a keynote at AYEA’s  fundraiser on June 27, 2012 in Anchorage. This is a copy of her inspiring testimonial to the power of the AYEA program.  My experiences with AYEA are best reflected within three quotes. The first quote from the poet D.H. Lawrence, echoes my life before […]

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