Spirit of Youth


Spirit of Youth is dedicated to creating, promoting and recognizing youth involvement in communities across Alaska. The organization began in 1997 to address the growing negative image of teenagers. Since then, hundreds of positive stories about Alaska youth have spread through television, radio and local newspapers. These stories come from nominations made by the public. The organization also provides programs that empower teen voice in Alaska, including the Alaska Teen Media Institute.


Barrow Youth Study Lemmings And Endangered Species

Young Barrow scientists study lemmings and endangered species. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. There is an increasing effort in Alaska to engage youth in hands-on scientific activities. One group of teens is collecting data way up in Barrow. Read more.

Sitka Teen Speaks Out About Rebuilding Her Culture

Shanelle_Afcan_250 Mt. Edgecumbe High School student Shanelle Afcan delivered a powerful commentary last week on Sitka's KCAW Raven Radio about the disappearance of her Alaska Native culture. The club hosts a youth-led, hour-long monthly radio show on the local public radio station. The show connects the Sitka community to the student community by breaking down youth stereotypes. Read more.

Cleaning up Town Square with Classical Music?

ATMI stories air on KNBA 90.3 FM Anchorage community members have been brainstorming ways to make Town Square a safer place. One proposed solution is to play classical music into Town Square to discourage illicit behavior and loitering. Alaska Teen Media Institute's Barae Hirsch interviewed teens and park goers about what they thought of this idea. Click for more.

New Youth Environmentalists Hail from all Parts of Alaska

Halbe Brown Spirit of Youth AYEA Alaska Youth for Environmental Action have appointed new Youth Organizers for the 2013-14 year. The 16 students are from all over the state and have a deep passion for keeping Alaska's environment healthy. Read more.

Spirit of Youth Nominations

The Spirit of Youth, a campaign to recognize Alaska's teens, seeks nominations by December 31, 2011. The Spirit of Youth recognizes Alaskan youth, ages 12-19 statewide. Nominations can come from anyone who wishes to recognize a hard-working Alaskan teenager. Nominations can be made in one of 11 categories. Find out more.