Press Releases

November 8, 2016

TO: Interested Parties

RE: 2016 General Election

While the presidential election has been dominating the news cycle, The Alaska Center has been investing in key Alaska House races across the state, with more than $75,000 spent in our top tier races for primary and general elections combined.

Even though we don’t know the final vote counts yet, one obvious narrative has emerged this election cycle; Alaskans are tired of ineffective leadership in Juneau and are ready for a change. They understand the need for a Legislature that will work together and create a better future for our state.

The Alaska Center focused our electoral work on State House races that provided the greatest opportunity to elect candidates who will stand up for our clean air and water, healthy communities, and a strong democracy. We prioritized strategic tactics, like direct voter contact, and social pressure mail, which are proven to increase voter turnout.

The Alaska Center provided support to elect Harriet Drummond, Matt Claman, Adam Wool, Ivy Spohnholz, Harry Crawford, Jason Grenn and Dan Ortiz to the State House and Vince Beltrami, and Luke Hopkins in the State Senate. Key statistics for our top three races are:

Harry Crawford – House District 27

  • 3,000 doors knocked
  • 5,000 phone calls
  • 10,000 mail pieces
  • 3,660 users reached in 81,303 impressions on social media

Dan Ortiz – House District 36

  • 600 doors knocked
  • 6,500 phone calls
  • 10,000 mail pieces
  • 2,820 users reached in 86,694 impressions on social media

Jason Grenn – House District 22

  • 3,000 doors knocked
  • 5,000 phone calls
  • 10,000 mail pieces
  • 3,317 users reached in 115,862 impressions on social media
  • 23,166 impressions delivered via on ads

Please direct any questions to Meghan Cavanaugh, Political Director, (907) 351-3104.


 

October 20, 2016

Early Voting Kicks Off On October 24th with a Special Gathering of Local Community Organizations to Encourage Early Voting

WHAT:  Early voting (absentee in person) starts Monday, October 24 across Alaska and runs through November 7. The Alaska Center and partners are encouraging Alaskans to get out and vote early with a special early vote rally and trip to City Hall to cast ballots the first day of early voting.

WHO:   The Alaska Center organized the event in collaboration with:

  • Get Out the Native Vote
  • Alaska AFL-CIO
  • NAACP
  • ACLU
  • First Alaskans Institute
  • Alaska Chapter Japanese American Citizens League
  • Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
  • Cook Inletkeeper
  • Alaska Community Action on Toxics
  • Moms Clean Air Force

Spokespeople from these organizations will be present to speak to media about the importance of voting and their support of voter registration and turnout.

WHEN: Monday, October 24 at 11:30 AM

WHERE:  Town Square Park in downtown Anchorage (544 W 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501). Attendees will meet at Town Square at 11:30 AM, enjoy hot beverages and snacks, hear a quick speech, and then walk across to City Hall (632 W 6th Avenue) at 12:00 PM to participate in the first day of early voting.


 

August 16, 2016

TO: Interested Parties

RE: 2016 Alaska Primary Election

The Alaska Center works to engage, empower and elect Alaskans to stand up for our clean air and water, healthy communities, and a strong democracy.

During this primary election, The Alaska Center spent nearly $25,000 to ensure the successful election of our top three priority candidates: Dean Westlake (D – Arctic), Zach Fansler (D – YK Delta), and Paul Seaton (R – Homer).

Dean Westlake:

  • 6,000 phone calls
  • 10,914 mail pieces
  • 8,406 unique Facebook users in the district reached via 156,227 impressions

Zach Fansler:

  • 9,000 phone calls
  • 12,699 mail pieces
  • 4,829 unique Facebook users in the district reached via 108,084 impressions

Paul Seaton:

  • 250 doors knocked
  • 2,132 mail pieces
  • 9,110 unique Facebook users in the district reached via 91,797 impressions

The Alaska Center was the only organization completing direct voter contact (phone calls and knocking doors) in the above three races. The Alaska Center also worked to help elect DeLena Johnson (R – Palmer), Jim Colver (R – Delta), and Tom Begich (D – Downtown Anchorage) through phone banks, distributing door hangers and other visibility activities.

The Alaska Center is truly a grassroots organization, with thousands of supporters across the state. From now until the general election, The Alaska Center will continue working to support candidates who are committed to the promotion of healthy salmon, clean air and water, and a strong democracy.

Please direct any questions to Meghan Cavanaugh, Political Director at (907) 351-3104 or meghan@akcenter.org.


 

August 9, 2016

The Alaska Center Celebrates the Inaugural Alaska Wild Salmon Day with Community Celebration and Wild Salmon BBQ

WHO:  Join The Alaska Center, in partnership with Alaska Marine Conservation Council, Cook Inletkeeper, and Trout Unlimited for an Alaska Wild Salmon Day celebration.

WHAT: Free wild salmon barbecue and community celebration. Family-friendly games and activities, fly-tying and casting workshop, photo booth, and more! Bike valet provided by Bike Anchorage.

WHERE/WHEN: AK Wild Salmon Day is Wednesday, August 10th. Celebration and barbecue takes place from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at Cuddy Midtown Park, 201 E 40th Avenue. Parking is limited, free bike valet provided by Bike Anchorage.

WHY: Alaska Wild Salmon Day was signed into law by Governor Walker on May 8th. Wild salmon are a big part of what makes life in Alaska so great. This new state holiday acknowledges the fish that nourish our families, create thousands of jobs, provide endless recreation, and are intimately tied to our identity as Alaskans.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Community volunteers working to protect wild salmon
  • Ryan Schryver, Deputy Director of The Alaska Center
  • Janie Standifer, high school student from Tyonek speaking about the importance of wild salmon
  • Kelly Harrell, Executive Director, Alaska Marine Conservation Council
  • **Possible: Anchorage Assembly Members

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Free wild salmon barbeque and Wild Scoops ice cream
  • Families and community members riding the “bucking salmon”
  • Fly tying and casting workshop participants learning how to tie flies and cast
  • Community members celebrating salmon through a variety of activities
  • Attendees riding the “bucking salmon”

The Alaska Center engages, empowers and elects Alaskans to stand up for our clean air and water, healthy communities, and a strong democracy. More information at akcenter.org.

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August 9, 2016

The Alaska Center Celebrates the Inaugural Alaska Wild Salmon Day with Community Celebration and Wild Salmon BBQ

WHO: Join The Alaska Center, with booths and activities from Palmer Soil and Water Conservation District, the Mat Su Salmon Habitat Partnership, Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, Sustainable Design Group, Mat Su Conservation Services, Castle Mountain Coalition, and ADF&G Education.

WHAT: Community celebration for the first annual Alaska Wild Salmon Day! Family-friendly games and activities, community salmon art mural, salmon selfie station, fish printing, and film screenings.

WHERE/WHEN: Alaska Wild Salmon Day is Wednesday, August 10th. All activities will be held at the Palmer Train Depot, 610 S Valley Way. Booths are open from 5:00 to 6:30 PM; Salmon Garden Workshop at 5:30 PM; and film screenings of Chuitna: More Than Salmon on the Line starts at 6:30 PM and Super Salmon runs at 7:15 PM.

WHY:  Alaska Wild Salmon Day was signed into law by Governor Walker on May 8th. Wild salmon are a big part of what makes life in Alaska so great. This new state holiday acknowledges the fish that nourish our families, create thousands of jobs, provide endless recreation, and are intimately tied to our identity as Alaskans.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Families creating salmon mural
  • Kids making fish prints
  • Salmon selfie station
  • Community members celebrating salmon through a variety of activities

The Alaska Center engages, empowers and elects Alaskans to stand up for our clean air and water, healthy communities, and a strong democracy. More information at akcenter.org.

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March 30, 2016

AYEA with Lt Gov

AYEA Youth Delegates and Trainers meet with Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott in Juneau on March 30, 2016.

Alaska High School Students Address Their Vision for Alaska’s Future

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action Youth Delegates to meet with Lieutenant Governor Mallot, give “Youth State of the State” Address

WHAT: The annual Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) Civics & Conservation Summit is a youth leadership training that brings teens from diverse regions of the state together to build skills in civic action, issue analysis, advocacy and statewide leadership through high-impact civic engagement lessons.

Twenty-one teens from all across the state, from Barrow to Unalaska to Anchorage, are convening in Juneau to talk to their legislators about environmental issues and other youth concerns. The teens will culminate their time in Juneau with a “Youth State of the State” address to express their vision for a sustainable Alaskan future.

WHEN: The training runs March 28th through April 1st.

  • The Youth Delegates will meet with Lieutenant Governor Mallott on Wednesday the 30th at 1 PM to discuss climate change and Alaska’s carbon emissions
  • The “Youth State of the State” address on Thursday the 31st  at noon in front of the Alaska State Capitol during their annual Wild Salmon Barbecue. (video from the address available here)

WHERE: The training will take place throughout Juneau. The teens will meet with their lawmakers on priority bills and will gather in front of the Capitol Building at noon on Thursday, March 31st for their “Youth State of the State” and wild salmon BBQ.

WHO: Twenty-one teens representing 13 urban and rural Alaska communities will participate in the summit. Names and communities represented are listed below, and bios and photos for each attendee are available upon request or can be found at akcenter.org/ayea/civics-summit.

Youth Attendees

  • Kaihinjik Alexander, Ft. Yukon
  • Carly Dennis, Anchorage
  • Reigh Chayalkun, Barrow
  • Grace Ongtowasruk, Teller
  • Emily Peterson, Aniak
  • Miranda Peterson, Aniak
  • Kaitlyn Phillips, Barrow
  • Tadhg Scholz, Homer
  • Jode Sparks, Sterling
  • Janie Standifer, Tyonek
  • Cade Terada, Unalaska
  • Elvie Underwood, Fairbanks
  • Waylon Ulroan, Chevak

Youth Trainers

  • Sofia Astaburuaga, Anchorage
  • Diego Joe, Anchorage
  • Krystyn Kelly, Palmer
  • Kaytlyn Kelly, Palmer
  • Vika Morozova, Anchorage
  • Patrick Marshall, Craig
  • Gillian Pletnikoff-White, Palmer
  • Roan Rediske, Homer
  • Esau Sinnok, Shishmaref

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action is a youth program of Alaska Center for the Environment program that inspires rural and urban teen leaders to impact environmental issues by providing leadership skills training and supporting youth-led community action projects and campaigns. More information available at akcenter.org/ayea.

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November 3, 2015 

Telluride Mountainfilm Fest Premiers in Palmer

WHAT: Started in 1979, Telluride Mountainfilm is one of America’s longest-running film festivals. Through the years, in and out of trends and fads, the festival has always been best described by one unchanging word: inspiring. Far more than any other adjective, that’s how festival audiences describe their experience. Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for adults. Available online at glennmasseytheater.com or a at the door of the event.

WHEN: Friday, November 6th at 6:30 PM

WHERE: Glenn Massey Theatre, 8295 College Drive, Palmer

WHO: Alaska Center for the Environment is proud to host this event and bring these this film festival to Palmer for the first time.


September 9, 2015

End of Summer Creek Cleanup & Celebration on September 12th!

WHAT: During the annual Creek Cleanup in May, volunteers collected more than 5,000 pounds of trash from our local waterways. To celebrate this effort, Alaska Center for the Environment is hosting a post-summer Creek Cleanup and Celebration! This event is open to the public, and will celebrate the more than 300 miles of streams that run through the Municipality of Anchorage.

WHEN & WHERE:

The Cleanup portion takes place from 9 to 11 AM at six locations throughout Anchorage:

  • Westchester Lagoon: In the parking lot on north side of the lagoon at U St. and W. 15th.
  • University Lake: At the end of University Lake Drive just north of Spring Hill Suites
  • Eastchester Park: At the celebration site, 20th off of the New Seward
  • Kiwanis Fish Creek Park: E. Turnagain Ave by Bennett
  • Campbell Creek Park: 48th and Lake Otis
  • Valley of the Moon Park: VOM Parking lot off of 17th between Arctic and E St.

The Celebration follows the cleanup and kicks off at noon and runs through 3 PM at East Chester Park near New Seward and 20th Avenue with a barbeque, Polynesian dance group, and family-friendly activities.

WHO: This event will feature special guest Mayor Berkowitz, and is put on by Alaska Center for the Environment is hosting this event with a generous grant from REI.


May 11, 2015

Anchorage Creek Cleanup Runs May 9 – 16, 2015

WHAT: Creek Cleanup is an annual event held in May. Hundreds of volunteers throughout Anchorage put on boots and gloves to clean tons of trash from local streams and waterways. This effort improves habitat for fish and other critters and helps humans thrive too.

WHEN: Creek Cleanup kicked off on Saturday, May 9th and teams will continue to clean up assigned areas through Saturday, May 16th. On May 16th from 9am to 11am, teams that have not previously signed up will be able to get materials and location assignments by checking in at Westchester Lagoon near U and West 15th and University Lake Drive north of the Spring Hill Suites.

WHERE: Locations vary around Anchorage and along Chester Creek, Ship Creek, Fish Creek, Campbell Creek, Little Campbell Creek, Furrow Creek, Rabbit Creek, Little Rabbit Creek, Potter Creek, Glacier Creek, Potter Marsh, Goose Lake, and Jewel Lake. Team locations and assignments detailed at: http://anchoragecreeks.org/pages/creekcleanup_locations.php

 WHO: Anchorage Waterways Council is running the 2015 Creek Cleanup in partnership with Alaska Center for the Environment and with a generous grant from REI. Families, individuals, and organizations create teams to tackle sections of creeks and waterways throughout Anchorage. Team locations and assignments detailed at: http://anchoragecreeks.org/pages/creekcleanup_locations.php

Teams (up to date list as of 5/11)

  • GCI
  • 525 Bulldogs
  • JBER Team
  • ERM Alaska, Inc.
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • HALO Salon
  • Yale Stream Team
  • East High School
  • Team Magyar
  • Alaska Center for the Environment
  • DOWL
  • Hull Family
  • MWH Americas Group
  • Great Land Trust
  • Anchorage Rotaract
  • UMIAQ Snowy Owls
  • USFWS
  • Anchorage Adventurers
  • PND Engineers
  • The Crew
  • BOEM & BSEE
  • Marsh Maidens
  • Trash of Cans
  • Death Star Training Academy Cub Pack 104
  • Johns Park Team
  • LVH

Anchorage Waterways Council is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization whose mission is to protect, restore, and enhance the waterways, wetlands, and associated uplands of Anchorage. Our members believe that environmentally healthy watersheds are a vital part of the high quality of life that we enjoy in Anchorage. We also believe that the beautiful creeks of Anchorage need a group specifically dedicated to advocating for their health and wellbeing.


March 10, 2015

Alaska Teens Ask Governor Walker to Create a Climate Change Task Force

JUNEAU – Twenty-two teens from 11 rural and urban communities met with Governor Walker in Juneau today and asked him to establish a Climate Change Task Force. With their request, the teens delivered more than 1,000 signed petitions in support of the Task Force from Alaskans statewide.

“The meeting seemed to be promising for the future of Alaska’s environment and I think the administration is headed in a good direction to address climate change,” said Roan Rediske, a Youth Delegate from Homer, AK.

The teens, all members of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, are spending the week of Spring Break in Juneau for an annual youth leadership training that brings teens from diverse regions of the state together to build skills in civic action, issue analysis, advocacy and statewide leadership through high-impact civic engagement lessons.

The youth delegates selected climate change as their priority issue at the beginning of the school year to address the coming climate crisis. As young leaders invested in the future of Alaska, they recognized the necessity for our state to take immediate and decisive action against climate change. Their priority is to get the ball rolling on climate change by re-instituting a Governor’s Climate Change Task Force – and they’ve been working towards this goal ever since.

“The Governor was very open to listening to us,” said Griffin Plush, a Youth Delegate and Trainer from Seward, AK. “He is obviously willing to consider anything for the best of Alaskans.”

Under the Palin Administration, a Climate Change Subcabinet was formed and several in-depth reports were generated. A visit to climatechange.alaska.gov today shares this information, but hasn’t been updated since 2008. The youth are recommending that a diverse Task Force be formed to review these reports and address the issues of climate change in Alaska. With a renewed focus on the Arctic, and the U.S. chairing the Arctic Council this year, their request is especially timely.

In addition to the Governor’s meeting today, the youth delegates will gather in front of the Capitol Building at noon on Thursday, March 12th for a wild salmon BBQ and legislator of the year awards ceremony. Awards will be given to Rep Jonathan Kreis-Thompkins, D, Sitka; Rep Andy Josephson, D, Anchorage; Rep Les Gara, D, Anchorage; Rep Charisse Millett, R, Anchorage and the public is invited to participate in the event.

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action is a youth program of Alaska Center for the Environment program that inspires rural and urban teen leaders to impact environmental issues by providing leadership skills training and supporting youth-led community action projects and campaigns.

More information available at akcenter.org/ayea/civics-summit.


March 6, 2015

Youth From Across Alaska Gather in Juneau for Week of Civic Engagement

WHAT: The annual Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) Civics & Conservation Summit is a youth leadership training that brings teens from diverse regions of the state together to build skills in civic action, issue analysis, advocacy and statewide leadership through high-impact civic engagement lessons.

In addition to the training, the youth delegates will bring their climate change campaign to Juneau and ask Governor Walker to assemble a climate change task force. In the past six months, the teens have collected more than 900 signatures in support of their campaign that they will be bringing to Governor Walker on Tuesday, March 10th.

WHEN: The training begins Monday, March 9 and wraps up on Thursday, March 12, when the teens convene in front of the Alaska State Capitol to ask legislators to support their vision, recognize four legislators with Legislator of the Year Awards (Rep Jonathan Kreis-Thompkins, D, Sitka; Rep Andy Josephson, D, Anchorage; Rep Les Gara, D, Anchorage; Rep Charisse Millett, R, Anchorage) and host a wild salmon barbecue. The public is invited to attend the barbecue and support the teens.

WHERE: The training will take place throughout Juneau. The teens will meet with the Governor on Tuesday, March 10th, and will gather in front of the Capitol Building at noon on Thursday, March 12th for a wild salmon BBQ and legislator of the year awards.

 WHO: Twenty-two teens representing 11 urban and rural Alaska communities will participate in the summit. Names and communities represented are listed below, and more information about each attendee can be found at akcenter.org/ayea/civics-summit.

Youth Attendees

  • Sofia Astaburuaga, Anchorage
  • Barae Hirsch, Anchorage
  • Diego Joe, Anchorage
  • Kiana Carlson, Cantwell
  • Joseph Phillips, Chuathbaluk
  • Travis Glasen, Cordova
  • Hayley Stumpf, Craig
  • Nathan Baring, Fairbanks
  • Carmella Flynn, Fairbanks
  • Eliza Lawler, Fairbanks
  • Roan Rediske, Homer
  • David Eller, Kasilof
  • Krystyn Kelly, Palmer
  • Kaytlyn Kelly, Palmer
  • Roma Hamner, Seward
  • Hannah Manasco, Wasilla
  • Hollie Titus, Wasilla

Youth Trainers

  • Vika Morozova, Anchorage
  • Patrick Marshall, Craig
  • Gillian Pletnikoff-White, Palmer
  • Griffin Plush, Seward

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action is a youth program of Alaska Center for the Environment program that inspires rural and urban teen leaders to impact environmental issues by providing leadership skills training and supporting youth-led community action projects and campaigns. More information available at akcenter.org/ayea.


2014

July 9, 2014

Trailside Discovery Camp Celebrates 32 Years of Getting Thousands of Alaska Children Outdoors

New Funding and Programs Help Youth from Diverse Backgrounds Learn Valuable Skills through Outdoor Education

ANCHORAGE, AK – More than 5,500 kids from Anchorage, Eagle River, and the Mat-Su Valley are getting outside this year through Trailside Discovery Camp. Now in its 32nd year, Trailside operates a variety of summer camp and school programs for ages 4 to 18, ranging from day camps for younger children to backcountry skill and scientific study trips for teens. In a day and age where the average child spends over 40 hours each week engaged in electronic media and indoor, non-educational activities, outdoor experiences are increasingly important.

Trailside is growing each year to meet the demand of Alaska families seeking educational outdoor programs for their children. Partnership with the Anchorage School District’s 21st Century Program provides outdoor education to 2,000 children in nine Title 1 schools during the school year, and scholarships through the Migrant Education Program for summer camp tuition. New this summer is a partnership with Cook Inlet Tribal Council that provides scholarships for CITC kids to attend camp and funding for high school students to work as camp staff through the CITC Career Ready program.

“This new partnership with Trailside Discovery Camp is exciting for CITC and the families we serve,” said Claude Adams, Youth Case Manager at Cook Inlet Tribal Council. “The outdoor education that both the kids and teens are receiving is invaluable, and working with Trailside is a perfect first job for our high school students as it provides responsibility and training in an encouraging environment.”

A growing number of local corporations and foundation partners are paying attention to the difference Trailside is making for Alaska kids. Conoco Phillips, First National Bank Alaska, Fred Meyer, the Rasmuson Foundation, REI, Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking, and Skinny Raven Sports are all sponsors of the Trailside Scholarship Program, which provides tuition help to kids that otherwise would not be able to attend camp.

To celebrate these successes, Trailside is hosting an annual birthday party on Thursday, July 10 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the Campbell Creek Science Center (5600 Science Center Drive, Anchorage). This is a fun opportunity to enjoy the Campbell Creek Science Center, where the action takes place, and to meet other parents, supporters, and alumni.

Trailside Discovery Camp is a program of Alaska Center for the Environment, providing a broad range of outdoor environmental education experiences for students of all ages and from all economic, social, and cultural backgrounds. More information is available at akcenter.org/trailside-discovery.


May 12, 2014

DamNation, Award-Winning Documentary about How Dams Impact our Rivers, Salmon, and Communities to Premiere at Bear Tooth Theatre

WHAT: The Susitna River Coalition is bringing Felt Soul Media’s new award-winning documentary, DamNation, to communities across Alaska this spring and summer, starting with a premiere at the Bear Tooth this week. Produced by Patagonia and Stoecker Ecological, DamNation, tells the story of the 20th century dam building boom in the Lower 48 and explores the growing effort to remove dams that have negative impacts on fish, and the growing awareness that America’s future is bound to the life and health of free-flowing rivers. The film has already won its share of awards, including the Audience Choice Award at this year’s SXSW Festival.

WHEN: Anchorage premiere this Thursday, May 15th at 8 PM, and locations statewide in the coming months, visit susitnarivercoalition.org for dates and locations.

WHERE: Bear Tooth Theatre, 1230 W 27th Avenue, Anchorage

WHY: DamNation shows how dams have led to the decline of wild salmon throughout the Western United States. As Alaska begins the process of building the Susitna-Watana mega dam, the film raises concerns, threats, and considerations that should be evaluated before the dam is built. Alaskan wild salmon support jobs and communities locally, and across the Pacific Coast. While the proposed 735-foot tall Susitna-Watana dam would be the second tallest in the US, it would produce only 280 to 300 megawatts of power—just 10 percent of the power generated at Grand Coulee in Washington State.

WHO: Interviews are available with the film makers and the Susitna River Coalition director; please contact Kalyn Simon at (907) 230-1754 or kalyn@akcenter.org for more information

MEDIA SCREENING: A media screening may be arranged if there are enough interested reporters, please contact Kalyn Simon at (907) 230-1754 or kalyn@akcenter.org with your availability to be contacted about a screening.

View the official webpage and press information for the more at damnationfilm.com. Full Alaska tour schedule and details about local screenings available online at susitnarivercoalition.org.


March 19, 2014

Youth From Across Alaska Gather in Juneau for Week of Civic Engagement

Youth Delegates from the Civics & Conservation Summit meet with state legislators to discuss environmental concerns and interests

Twenty teens representing 12 urban and rural Alaska communities will congregate in Juneau this week for the Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) Civics and Conservation Summit. Many have even giving up their spring break to advocate for the environmental issues most important to them.

The Civics & Conservation Summit is an annual youth leadership training that brings teens from diverse regions of the state together to build skills in civic action, issue analysis, advocacy and statewide leadership through high-impact civic engagement lessons. The training begins today and wraps up on Thursday, March 20 with youth-led visits to state legislators to discuss the priority bills that the teens chose themselves to focus on.

“AYEA youth trainers chose SB 151 as a focus bill because we believe it is our government’s responsibility to promote awareness of high-risk chemicals in our products,” said Gretchen O’Donnell of Anchorage. “In order to make informed consumer choices, toxic chemicals should be labeled and identified, especially when those products are marketed specifically toward babies and pregnant women.”

At noon on Thursday, March 20, the teens will convene in front of the Alaska State Capitol to ask legislators to support their vision, to recognize legislators who have supported their issues, and to host a wild salmon barbecue. The public is invited to attend the barbecue.

The teens will recognize three legislators with their 2014 Legislator of the Year Awards. Sen. Donny Olson, D-Golovin, Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka and Rep. Bill Stolze, R-Chugiak, will be recognized for championing the issues the teens are focused on.

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action is a youth program of Alaska Center for the Environment program that inspires rural and urban youth leaders to impact environmental issues by providing leadership skills training and supporting youth-led community action projects and campaigns. More information is available at akcenter.org/ayea and ayea.org.