Youth Engagement and Leadership
AASB’s Alaska Initiative for Community Engagement (ICE) was created with a big idea to look beyond the problems that faced many young people and shift our focus to finding out what made Alaska youth resilient and successful. In short, we wanted to figure out what it took to “help kids succeed.”
The answer is that what young people need most is supportive relationships with adults; everyone has a role in building healthy communities and healthy youth. It is through shared responsibility and purposeful actions by each of us that we achieve positive community change.
Alaska ICE offers comprehensive youth leadership programming to mentor and grow our next generation of leaders. Alaska ICE staff travel to schools statewide to offer customized, culturally relevant youth leadership workshops.
At AASB’s annual Youth Leadership Institute (November) and Youth Advocacy Institute (February), Alaska ICE works directly with students from across the state to develop and practice their leadership and advocacy skills. We partner with organizations, such as Alaska Association of Student Governments, Alaska Teen Media Institute, and LeadOn! For Peace and Equality in Alaska, to ensure students develop comprehensive and relevant skills they can bring back to their communities and put into action.