Creating, promoting and recognizing youth involvement in communities across Alaska. Email the blog at email@example.com.
Anchorage Teens Clean Up Local Parks and Forests - 6/12/2013 3:01 pm
Southeast Middle School Students Study Local Water Ecology - 6/12/2013 2:43 pm
St. Paul Students Create Seabird Documentary - 6/11/2013 9:43 am
Kaktovik Youth Ambassadors Teach Polar Bear Safety - 10/22/2012 2:59 pm
Petersburg High students create Suicide Awareness Hope Wall - 10/11/2012 10:12 am
Celebrate Alaska Day. Celebrate Alaska's Youth. - 10/3/2012 12:02 pm
The Nanwalek Summer Youth make their community proud - 6/20/2012 11:30 am
Teens wow the Alaska State Fair - 5/22/2012 1:57 pm
Posted: June 12, 2013 - 3:01 pm
Five Anchorage teens are spending their summers cleaning up local parks and the Chugach National Forest.
Learn more about these Youth Employment in Parks alumni at Alaska Public Media
Posted: June 12, 2013 - 2:43 pm
Middle school students from Cordova, Kenny Lake and Glennallen spent last week studying local waters and helped secure funding for salmon spawning habitats.
Read about their hard work at The Cordova Times.
Posted: June 11, 2013 - 9:43 am
Middle school students on St. Paul Island in Western Alaska have showcased their home with an end-of-the-year documentary. The sixth- and seventh-grade students spent the year studying the region's seabirds. With students from neighboring St. George Island, they have created the Seabird Youth Network, a Web site dedicated to the seabirds of the Pribilof Islands.
Posted: October 22, 2012 - 2:59 pm
Four new leaders in human and polar bear safety are emerging in Kaktovik. Chelsea, Tori, Madeline and Archie give safety talks to visitors, serve as role models for their peers and are helping their community. The teenagers are part of the Kaktovik Youth Ambassadors program and are volunteering to help visitors and people within the community stay safe during the season when many polar bears come ashore near Kaktovik.
Posted: October 11, 2012 - 10:12 am
Petersburg teen Patricia Jackson, 17, lead the activities for Suicide Awareness Week at her school. She worked with other students to organize "The Hope Wall" where students and staff came and wrote words that inspire and bring joy.
Posted: June 20, 2012 - 11:30 am
Meet our newest 2012 Nominee: the Nanwalek Summer Youth! These teens serve the elders in their community by chopping wood, house cleaning, delivering traditional foods and putting away fish for the winter. This week they are busy building a hoop house to grow veggies for their elders! As their nominator puts it “The elders value their assistance, and the youth value their teachings. It’s a win-win situation”.
Posted: May 22, 2012 - 1:57 pm
Teens from around the state shared their ideas that with the Alaska State Fair on how the fair could be used to raise awareness about teen homelessness, feature and sell art by Alaska youth, and increase awareness about Alaska Grown products. The Fair was so impressed with the student's creativity they awarded more scholarships then they had intended!
This year's recipients are from Palmer, Wasilla, Galena, Fairbanks, and Anchorage. Read about all of the scholarship winners and their awesome ideas here:
Posted: May 15, 2012 - 2:45 pm
The Service High School B-Boys are a group of talented teenagers that break dance for pure enjoyment. They recently came together to use their talents to raise money for their friends battling cancer.
Check out their website: http://www.servicebboys.org/ServiceBBoys.org/Welcome.html
Posted: May 10, 2012 - 4:11 pm
Although there were no student athletes from Kodiak Island Villages participating at the NYO games this past month, the Island still had important teen representatives here in Anchorage. A small group of dedicated teens called Students at Kodiak Island Learning to Lead (SKILL) took on the challenge of broadcasting the games to villages across the state.
Posted: April 26, 2012 - 2:11 pm
Tuesona Tungwenuk takes time out of her busy post-high school life to volunteer at KNOM Radio. Each week Tuesona graces the airwaves across Western Alaska and provides amusing commentary and entertaining DJ-ing for listeners. Tuesona's spirit and passion for life shines through each time she is on the air. Over time, Tuesona has become a mainstay on the airwaves and, based on word of mouth, her show is one of the most popular on KNOM.
Posted: April 18, 2012 - 3:38 pm
Between the Rivers is an acoustic rock duo from Eagle River who spends their free time practicing and playing gigs in the community. Shana Sheehy caught up with them for an interview after one of thier performances.
Posted: March 5, 2012 - 10:32 am
Twenty-two teens and youth groups from around the state will be recognized at the 14th annual Spirit of Youth Awards Banquet. This year's Spirit of Youth award recipients come from 16 communities across Alaska and are being recognized for everything from acting to performing CPR to speaking out against domestic violence.
Posted: November 21, 2011 - 11:07 am
Michaela and Olivia Brown take the lead in serving meals to volunteers at the Changepoint church.
Spirit of Youth's Shana Sheehy has more on the story.
Posted: November 14, 2011 - 10:20 am
Spirit of Youth's Shana Sheehy meets up with Brave New Alaskan Voices to find out more about Southcentral's teen poetry slam team.
Posted: November 11, 2011 - 11:43 am
The suitcases will be taken by the Alaska Sudan Medical Project to Africa where they will be put to good use. Spirit of Youth's Shana Sheehy has more on the story below
Posted: October 14, 2011 - 2:07 pm
Harlyn Noel Andrews, 18, is an activist for healthy Alaska Native Communities. Harlyn is committed to providing training to young people in her community to learn outdoor survival skills such as swift water rescue and emergency preparedness involving both health and law enforcement emergencies.
Posted: October 10, 2011 - 10:27 am
This group of West High urban student photographers traveled to Brevig Mission to connect with new friends in rural Alaska and take photos of the environment. In exchange, they helped their counterparts take photos when they visited Anchorage. Spirit of Youth's Shana Sheehy reports.
West High Photo Exchangers
Posted: October 6, 2011 - 12:57 pm
This past summer the Anchorage Public Library opened up the Teen Underground, a space for teens ages 12-18 to study, collaborate, research and interact.
Here, Spirit of Youth's Shana Sheehy interviews Spencer Mitton, the youth who designed the Teen Underground logo.
Posted: January 6, 2011 - 2:06 pm
Laura Fox is another outstanding teen from Takotna, Alaska. She is part of ongoing efforts that are to better her community. Laura's personal goal is to become a lawyer and more specifically to be instrumental in Alaska Native issues. She is currently attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks and working for the Tanana Chiefs Conference.
Here is Shana Sheehy's radio interview with Laura.