What is the Civics & Conservation Summit?

Each spring, AYEA youth delegates gather to gain skills in communication, advocacy, and the democratic process. Teens meet with their legislators and advocate for the bills and topics they care about. The Civics & Conservation Summit is a transformational experience that empowers young people to make real change on the issues that they are most passionate about.

This year’s Civics & Conservation Summit will be held in Juneau, March 17-21.

Scholarships for travel are available to delegates flying into Juneau. Lodging, meals, and transportation will be provided during the summit. If you have questions or concerns about participating, contact AYEA staff at [email protected]

During the training, participants will learn: how to talk with the media, how to communicate with elected officials, how to read a bill, and how to impact decisions our leaders make about our environment and our lives. The training ends with youth-led visits to their state legislators to discuss environmental concerns and interests.

Apply to join the Summit!

Nominate a Youth!

A typical Civic & Conservation Summit includes workshops like:

Welcome & Opening Circle
The Power of Storytelling & Story of Self
Decolonization of Conservation
Just Transition
Intro to AK Leg
Focus Bill Study & Prep
Lobbying 101
Navigating Systems of Power & Prep for Constituent Meetings
Writing Letters to the Editor & Op Eds
Effective Public Comments
Direct Action
Know Your Rights
Closing & Next Steps


Kav & Marlowe, AYEA Staff
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