Want to hone your leadership skills?

Explore other cultures and communities? Learn about the environment? Take action and really make a difference? Then train with AYEA. Each year AYEA runs inspiring – and fun! – leadership development trainings for aspiring youth organizers and activists, including our fall Project Planning Summit and our spring Civics & Conservation Summit.

AYEA teen members and adults can volunteer to help at any of our trainings throughout the year. AYEA seeks youth and adults from diverse backgrounds, communities, and cultures to help lead trainings—experience is not always necessary, but enthusiasm is!

Civics Summit Report-Back


“There are so many issues, and together we can solve them and find solutions and alternatives; it’s okay if you’re just a kid, you can still make a huge difference.” Nyabony Gat, Anchorage Nyabony and 19 other teens from across Alaska descended on Juneau for a week to build their understanding of how the legislative process […]

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AYEA Youth Organizers run 2014 campaign to stop Pebble Mine!

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Click here to join Youth Organizers as they thank Senator Begich for publicly opposing the proposed Pebble Mine. A message from Tess, Youth Organizer from Igiugig: “Today, on behalf of my fellow Youth Organizers working on this campaign, I urge you to sign on and thank Senator Begich for speaking out against Pebble mine. Senator Begich delivered […]

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News from the Field: Civics and Conservation Summit 2013

Kenai and Kodiak teens with AYEA Legislator Award Winners Representative Tarr and Representative Seaton.

Nineteen AYEA teens from around the state arrived in Juneau last week for the 2013 Civics & Conservation Summit!!! This memorable week of civic engagement, issue analysis, and network building brought teens from communities around the state, including Arctic Village, Fairbanks, Denali Park, Nunam Iqua, Togiak, Unalaska, Seward, Anchor Point, Homer, Anchorage, Sitka, Craig and […]

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Youth Organizers!

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Applications are CLOSED for the 2013-14 Youth Organizer Summit. If you would like to join AYEA and help lead our campaign, it’s never too late! Contact Claire Pywell, claire@akcenter.org or 907-274-3640 Are you ready to take your leadership with AYEA to the next level? Do you want to be a part of a statewide initiative […]

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Civics & Conservation Summit 101


The Civics & Conservation Summit brings 20 youth leaders to our state capital for a week of high-impact, fun, and adrenaline-pumping civic engagement lessons. During this event, youth will learn: how to talk with the media, how to communicate with elected officials, how to read a bill, and how to impact decisions our leaders make […]

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2011 Fall Activist Retreat


The Fall Project Planning Summit is an innovative youth training that inspires young people from diverse Alaskan communities to influence positive change. The Fall Summit empowers youth who care about our environment and future to make a difference by providing fundamental skills for effective activism. At the Fall Summit, teens will plan out local projects, […]

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Wild AK Salmon Campaign

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Of Alaska’s major industries, including construction, oil and gas, mining, and forestry, the seafood industry employs the highest number of Alaska workers (43.5 %). In 2008, 52,000 people were directly employed at some time in the seafood industry. The teens recognize the importance our sustainable Wild Fisheries play in Alaska’s economy, as well as the […]

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