Alaska Youth for Environmental Action


Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) inspires and trains rural and urban youth leaders to impact environmental issues by providing leadership skills training and supporting youth-led community action projects and campaigns. We are committed to a youth-led model, in which teens choose the issues AYEA works on, and teens are the leaders in all AYEA campaigns and projects. Adult mentors and staff provide essential support to help the youth learn the skills they need to successfully reach their project goals.

AYEA has engaged over 5,000 teens since we started in 1998 through an array of local and statewide campaigns and projects. Youth in AYEA come from a diverse array of cultural, geographic, economic, and social backgrounds.

 Alaska Center for the Environment is proud to prioritize youth engagement as part of our work. By strengthening the connections among our youth programs and ACE conservation advocacy opportunities we are creating  an intentional pathway for youth to move through a continuum of engagement opportunities.  Our vision is to create a statewide movement of diverse young Alaskans who have the skills, connections, and inspiration to effectively advocate for our communities and environment.

AYEA is supported and led by a Statewide Advisory Board we affectionately call “SWAG”. SWAG is always a fun group of dynamic, committed youth leaders, graduates and mentors. Click here to learn more about the advisory board.

For more information about AYEA, please explore this section of the website or contact:

David Wieland
Youth Organizing Coordinator
(907) 274-3640