Youth Voices Heard at EPA Public Hearing

Paige testifying at EPA public hearing

by Lauren Cole, AYEA Intern On Monday, June 4, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public hearing in Anchorage following the release of its draft Bristol Bay watershed assessment.  You can bet that AYEA teens were out to show their support for the protection of the Bristol Bay watershed – and the salmon populations […]

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Teen’s Testimony Turns the Tide!

Emily testifying in front of Senate Finance (4 11 12)

AYEA senior Emily Brease, from Healy, was invited do testify against House Bill (“HB”) 168 – a bill that could have had disastrous impacts on individual efforts to conserve the environment. Thankfully, the bill ‘died’ in committee following Emily’s testimony! AYEA: What were the environmental implications of HB168? Emily: HB 168 proposed that anyone seeking […]

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Donor Profiles: Nancy Waterman & Bill Leighty

Nancy Waterman & Bill Leighty

Since 2003 Nancy Waterman and Bill Leighty of Juneau have been supporting AYEA with small contributions from theLeighty Foundation. They remain committed to AYEA because its members have a mature understanding of how one individual can make a difference – especially here in Alaska. Nancy says of AYEA students, “They devote their time to learn how […]

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Fish Served Up at Mt. Edgecumbe High

mehs student

Mount Edgecumbe High School AYEA (“MEAYEA“) President Shanelle Afcan summed it up best when she said “local fish is good for the environment, good for me, and good for my community.” These three pillars have been the passion behind the group’s year-long goal of serving local fish in their school. When Tracy Gagnon,  Fish to […]

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Donor Profile: Becky Judd

Becky Judd

Becky Judd has been a supporter of AYEA since its founding. She heard through Polly Carr about an organization forming that combined youth leadership with environmental activism, and she wanted to support it.   What makes Becky feel the best about AYEA is that it has stayed true to its original mission: youth-directed environmental activism, […]

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Civics Summit Report Back & Press!


Twenty four teens rocked the capital last week, learning all about the legislative process and how to take action.

Read the full 2012 Civics & Conservation Summit Report Back!

Check out our photos on facebook!

Check out this awesome VIDEO about why teens love wild Alaska Salmon <3

AYEA Teens in the News: Check out all this press!

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Legislators of the Year: Stevens, French, Wielechowski!

Paige & Wielechowski #1

Congratulations to AYEA’s Legislators of the Year: Sen. Gary Stevens –  For his leadership in the bipartisan coalition, his support of the coastal zone management program, as well as his strong commitment to education. Sen. Hollis French – For his commitment to environmental conservation, especially for his sponsorship of SB 152 to provide legislative oversight to large-scale […]

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