CIVICS & CONSERVATION SUMMIT 2023
Hear our youth organizers, Josie, Suella, and Taralynn intro AYEA to Juneau on our first day!
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Friday, March 17 - Day 1
Saturday, March 18 - Day 2
Sunday, March 19 - Day 3
Monday, March 20 - Day 4
Our final day of the Civics & Conservation Summit left our hearts warm, our eyes teary, our spirits inspired. On this day, all their training, practice, hope, and values sharing culminate; focus bill groups met with key decision makers, individual delegates met with their own legislators, we attended a House floor session (where teens were rewarded in seeing the Renewable Energy Grant Fund renewal pass!), and finally we debrief the day, closed out the Summit, sharing heartfelt notes with one another.
Teens also toured the capitol, heard from Representative Alyse Galvin, interviewed with Hello Alaska about their experience in the Summit, got to see and hold cedar woven items from Tsimshian & Tlingit Trainer Heather Evoy, Suella got an internship lead, Taralynn testified in support for an anti-discrimination bill, and after all of this, Rep. Galvin welcomed us to a taco night at her home, where teens and trainers were grateful to eat a warm, homemade meal and enjoy an ice cream bar alongside Representatives Genevieve Mina, Maxine Dibert, CJ McCormick, & Donna Mears (a former AYEA Mentor!). We laughed, played AK History trivia, told stories of the day, Ethan napped hard, we shared what we most love about Alaska, took silly pictures, and we got to end our Summit with big dreams, knowing we had done our best in Juneau as staff, trainers, delegates, and regular people sharing one future all together in our state. With another cohort of AYEA teens making change, we are honored to have seen them find the power in their voices as a collective, and we’ll be privileged to see them build an Alaska they need and want from here on out.