Civics & Conservation Summit

About the Civics & Conservation Summit:
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 about our environment and our lives. We also include sessions on the tribal resolution process, environmental justice, and defining sources of power and influence. The training ends with youth-led visits to state legislators to discuss environmental concerns and interests. This is a life-changing training that will give teens skills they can use in any arena.

Alaska teens from urban and rural communities who are interested in environmental issues and want to learn more about the political process. They do not have to have past experience with AYEA to apply for the Civics Summit! All they need is interest and an open mind! We encourage 2-3 youth per community to apply to create a local peer network after the event. Up to twenty youth may be accepted.

Monday, March 19 – Friday, March 23, 2012

The Civics Summit will take place in downtown Juneau, our state’s capital city. We will stay at the Juneau International Youth Hostel and conduct our sessions at St. Ann’s Cathedral of the Nativity.

The tuition is $100 for the 4½ day training. This includes all housing, meals, transportation from Juneau’s airport, training materials, equipment, and staff instruction! Travel costs to Juneau are not included. AYEA staff can help applicants with fundraising, and AYEA has limited travel scholarships available.

Download the application.

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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 National Wildlife Federation with nine community chapters around the stateand 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.