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Southeast teens speak about leadership at prevention summit - 12/5/2013 11:43 am
Sitka teen speaks out about rebuilding her culture - 11/21/2013 12:45 pm
Cooper Landing youth uses fashion sense for good cause - 11/14/2013 12:32 pm
Cordova teens to perform at Carnegie Hall - 11/13/2013 9:32 am
Juneau teens produce weekly TV news show - 11/12/2013 9:41 am
Eek teen meets longtime pen pal, shares Alaska culture - 10/30/2013 2:05 pm
Tanana youth speak out against suicide and abuse - 10/23/2013 1:56 pm
Palmer Girl Scout donates exercise equipment to seniors - 10/16/2013 12:09 pm
Posted: December 5, 2013 - 11:43 am
Southeast Alaska teens spoke out about youth leadership programs and their effectiveness the Second Annual Prevention Summit in Juneau Wednesday.
Posted: November 21, 2013 - 12:45 pm
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.
Shanelle is a member of the Mount Edgecumbe Radio Club, which received a Spirit of Youth award last year in the category of Technology & Media.
Posted: November 14, 2013 - 12:32 pm
Thirteen-year-old Cooper Landing resident Clara LaRock put her passion for fashion to good use last year by helping to organize the Cooper Landing Recycled Fashion Show, put on by Cooper Landing Recycle.
Her intricate newspaper dress won her top honors in last year's show and this year she will display a garbage bag dress with flower accents as part of America Recycles Day, November 15.
Posted: November 13, 2013 - 9:32 am
Two talented Cordova students have the chance of a lifetime -- they get to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City this February.
Annie Carlson and Carl Renney were selected from more than 3,000 youth applicants for the Honors Performance Series, a national program where students work with master conductors and perform before representatives from collegiate and professional music programs.
Posted: November 12, 2013 - 9:41 am
Students at Juneau-Douglas High School know how to have fun and learn at the same time.
A group of 11 teens put on a weekly newscast as part of a video production class. The students write, produce and edit JDTV News all on their own using professional equipment.
Jeremy Hsieh from KTOO has the full story.
Posted: October 30, 2013 - 2:05 pm
Seventeen-year-old Eek resident Florence Moore has been writing letters to a pen pal in Vermont since she was nine. Recently the correspondents met in person and Florence was able to share her Alaska culture with her longtime friend.
Ben Matheson at KYUK has the full story.
Posted: October 23, 2013 - 1:56 pm
The 4-H Club in Tanana made a pledge to stop suicide and abuse in a presentation at the First Alaskans Institute's Elders and Youth Conference in Fairbanks October 22.
Seven youth gave personal accounts of how suicide and abuse have affected them, their families and their communities.
Posted: October 16, 2013 - 12:09 pm
Palmer Girl Scout Ellie Hakari truly cares about senior citizens in her community. She raised $2,500 for exercise equipment through bake sales and raffles, which she donated to the Alaska Veterans and Pioneers home in Palmer.
Andrew Wellner at the Mat-Su Frontiersman has the full story.
Posted: October 2, 2013 - 10:27 am
A group of six Alaska youth and their guardians are holding the State of Alaska accountable for greenhouse gas emissions.
Nelson Kanuk, a freshman at University of Alaska Fairbanks, is leading the group of youth and asking the Department of Natural Resources to protect the atmosphere by setting specific limits on reducing carbon emissions in Alaska.
Posted: September 30, 2013 - 11:14 am
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.
Take Halbe Brown -- he grew up in Denali State Park and has spent the past eight years researching the diversity of aquatic invertebrates in tributaries to the Nenana River.
Posted: September 24, 2013 - 11:27 am
It's clear that West High School senior James Demolina has a passion for oceanography. He brought back to life two 260-gallon aquariums that line his school's science wing with exotic corals and fish.
Demolina wrote a grant request and presented it to the West High Parent-Teacher-Student Association. He received his funding and initiated a School Business Partnership with Alaska Coral Fanatics.
Posted: September 12, 2013 - 10:43 am
A group of Seward middle school students are making the ocean a top priority. The Ocean Sciences Club has produced a video all about what the ocean means to them.
Posted: September 9, 2013 - 2:14 pm
In an effort to turn around negative teenage stereotypes, youth from Homer High School have created Colors of Homer, a group that is working to build positive, creative outlets for their peers. The group invites students and community members to support one another artistically through coffee shop-style talent shows.
The group was formed last November and their February event was a huge success with about 150 audience members.
They are planning another event in November.
Posted: September 3, 2013 - 11:18 am
Harsh winters and staggeringly hot summers can take a toll on Fairbanks' buildings. Local Girl Scouts Jordyn Therriault, Jamie Logan and Ciara Newman decided one structure was in dire need of a face lift. As part of their Girl Scouts Alaska Gold Award project, the young women led and assisted in oiling and staining the exterior of the Breast Cancer Detection Center in Fairbanks.
Posted: August 27, 2013 - 10:38 am
Sarah Mixsell may only be 11 years old, but she is already making a huge contribution to Alaska youth. Two years ago, Mixsell started the non-profit Alaska Kids for Kids, which encourages Alaska children to dedicate portions of their birthday celebrations to other youth in need.
Posted: August 19, 2013 - 2:16 pm
Three Alaska high school seniors have just received the Denny Wilcher Award for Young Environmental Activists, an award from the Alaska Conservation Foundation.
Leila Pyle of Kodiak, Madeline Rafferty of Fairbanks and Justice Sky from Homer all made significant contributions to their communities and sought solutions to environmental problems and issues.
Posted: August 15, 2013 - 12:59 pm
The Juneau International Airport can now show off the city's young artists thanks to Juneau Douglas High School graduate Nicole Nelson. She designed and implemented a permanent, rotating student art exhibit as part of her Girl Scouts Alaska Gold Award project.
Juneau Empire's Amy Fletcher has the full story.
Posted: August 12, 2013 - 9:21 am
It's not every day a person gets to explore the world while doing what he loves. For 18-year-old violinist Brendon Mezzetti, this was his reality. He recently returned from touring New York, Washington, D.C., London and Russia with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA.
The classically trained violinist was selected to play a banjo solo at their final performance in London's Royal Albert Hall.
Posted: August 8, 2013 - 1:34 pm
Recent Service High graduate Chan Mi Joo just received a full scholarship to spend eight months in Ecuador as part of the Global Citizen Year program. Global Citizen Year provides leadership opportunities in developing countries to high school graduates during a “bridge year” before college.
Posted: August 1, 2013 - 9:39 am
Teens from around the state participated in a week-long Alaska Youth Academy to learn what it's like to be Alaska State Troopers and Village Public Safety Officers.
Hooper Bay, Bethel, Mountain Village and Fairbanks youth received officer training and also learned survival skills in an effort to spark an interest in public safety careers around Alaska.
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