Meet the Youth Delegates

Our Civics and Conservation Summit takes place every spring during the legislative session. We begin recruiting youth delegates from across the state in December each year for the chance to join us in Juneau. At the Summit, youth delegates learn about the legislative process and how to effectively tell their stories to our lawmakers. Click here if you would like to learn more about the Civics and Conservation Summit.

2017 Civics & Conservation Summit Youth Delegates

Sofia AstaburuagaSofia Astaburuaga, Anchorage

Sofia is an active member of AYEA who’s passionate about working with teens on issues related to climate change and the environment. She has worked on habitat restoration and resource monitoring efforts in Prince William Sound and the Chugach National Forest through the Student Conservation Association. This past year, Sofia has been working with researchers at the University of Alaska to investigate the effects of plastics on seabirds in the Aleutians.
Alexia BankstonAlexia Bankston, Utqiaġvik

I'm 15 from Barrow, Alaska and I am excited for the summit because I'm very interested in environmental issues and I think AYEA would be a fun and beneficial opportunity. I enjoy running, hiking, and traveling.
Gabriel CanfieldGabrial Canfield, Ketchikan

I’m Gabrial Canfield, I turn 18 on March, 1st. I’m Inupiaq, born in Fairbanks and raised in Ketchikan. I hope to learn as much as I can so I can so I can participate more in my government as I enter adulthood. I also enjoy studying and playing Frisbee.
Brian ConwellBrian Conwell, Unalaska

I am a 17 year old high school student from Unalaska. I am participating in AYEA’s Civics and Conservation summit because I want to get involved in the political process. I enjoy playing basketball, traveling, and spending time with friends.
Tasha ElizardeTasha Elizarde, Juneau

Tasha Elizarde is a senior at Juneau Douglas High School. Along with environmental preservation, Tasha is an active advocate for access to health and education, and she is excited to join other civically engaged youth from around Alaska. Tasha also enjoys a plethora of other activities from participating in academic decathlon to playing mental tic tac toe.
Jasmine IeremiaJasmine Ieremia, Petersburg

I’m from Petersburg, Alaska, and I’m an active participant in my community. In the summer, I seine and fish for Dungeness crab – which has helped bring my attention to environmental issues and obstacles that my town’s fishing economy face or may face in the future. I’m looking forward to learning more about how I can help my community and the environment through AYEA.
Olivia MuellerOlivia Mueller, Eagle River

I'm Olivia Mueller and I'm from Eagle River, Alaska. I'm 18 years old and go to Chugiak High School. Living in Alaska has taught me to love our environment, and AYEA has taught me to love and to protect it! An Alaskan to my core, I like backpacking, fishing, hiking, skiing, running, and all things outdoors.
Kaitlyn PhillipsKaitlyn Phillips, Utqiaġvik

My name is Kaitlyn Phillips and I’m from Barrow. I spend way too much time watching Hamilton and watching You Tube videos. I’m excited because I think AYEA is a great way to empower Alaskan youth.
Karl PfeiffenbergerKarl Pfeiffenberger, Seward

My name is Karl Pfeiffenberger and I am from Seward, Alaska. I am participating in AYEA because in Seward I get to see climate change first hand and it is a very important issue to me. My other interests include cross country running, music, and musical theater.
Tyroan RediskeRoan Rediske, Homer

Hi! My name is Roan Rediske and I’m from Homer, AK. I like to ski, hike, bike and overall just enjoy the outdoors. This will be my fifth AYEA event, since I am returning as a delegate for the Summit, and I’m super excited about participating in the future and saving my snow.
Josey ShawJosey Shaw, Wasilla

In between my duties for Alaska State HOSA (future health professionals) and AYEA I love to bike and to skate ski. I am participating in this Summit because I believe that our environment is our most valuable asset. I believe mining should be outlawed in places with a large and thriving ecosystem; mining has shown to be one of the most polluting industries in the world and has no place in places with pristine habitat.
Waylon UlroanWaylon Ulroan, Chevak

I am Waylon Ulroan and I am 17 years old. I live in a town of 1000+ people called Chevak. I’m participating in AYEA because many villages across Alaska are on the verge of being destroyed due to erosion. I’m also going to find ways to help Alaska. I like snow machining on the tundra and enjoying the fresh cold air.
Carly DennisCarly Dennis, Chugiak

I was born and raised in Eagle River, Alaska. After living abroad for two years in Aberdeen, Scotland during high school, I realized that there is no place in the world that compares to Alaska. I am passionate about preserving my home because it is quite simply majestic! When I’m not engaging with youth activism, you’ll find me running, hiking, skiing, camping, or playing guitar!
Justin StewartJustin Stewart, Chuathbaluk

Hello, my name is Justin Stewart from Chuthabluk, AK. I am 13 years old. I am also the president of the CVSS (Crow Village Sam School) student council.
addison-dowingAddison Dowing, Soldotna


2017 Civics and Conservation Summit Youth Trainers

Kaytlyn KellyKaytlyn Kelly, Palmer

My name is Kaytlyn Kelly and I am currently a Junior at Colony High School. I got involved in AYEA about a year ago and attended two previous summits. I’m glad to be returning this year as a trainer. Climate change is something that affects each and every one of us in ways unique and the same. Aside from AYEA, I’m involved in my community through school and volunteer work. I have a twin (Kyrstyn) who is also attending. I look forward to meeting all the new faces at this year’s Summit and seeing the familiar ones again.
Kyrstyn KellyKyrstyn Kelly, Palmer

Hi, my name is Kyrstyn Kelly, I'm 17 years old and from Palmer. I currently attend Colony High School and am a Junior. I love being outside, some of my favorite activities include hiking and skiing. I'm well engaged within my community, I participate in sports and volunteer frequently. I attended both AYEA's Civics and Conservation and Youth Organizing summit last year, and I look forward to seeing what this year’s will bring.
Tadhg ScholzTadhg Scholz, Homer

I’m from Homer, Ak. I’m a skier, adventurer, and fisherman. I’m excited to attend my 3rd AYEA summit as a trainer. I look forward to working with peers, and politicians to help keep Alaska wild and to protect our environment.
Jode SparksJode Sparks, Soldotna

I am a junior at Soldotna High School. I love to XC run and ski. This is my third AYEA Summit but my first as a trainer. I'm looking forward to meeting the new delegates and learning about the issues facing their communities. I care about protecting salmon because the people in my community, like so many others across the state, are dependent on them. I believe our work at this Summit will have a deep impact on the future of Alaska's fish.
Janie StandiferJanie Standifer, Tyonek

I am Janie Standifer from Tyonek, Alaska. I am participating in the summit, because I love our environment and want to help save it. I also loved going to the summit last year and learned new things. In my spare time I love to hang out with friends and family, listen to music, sing, dance, and write songs.
Cade TeradaCade Emory Terada, Unalaska

My name is Cade Emory Terada and I’m a recent graduate of Unalaska City School in Unalaska, Alaska. I’m from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, but I’m currently living in Anchorage and working as an intern for Alaska Youth for Environmental Action. I enjoy hiking, camping, XC running, and fishing.