Arctic Youth Ambassador 2020-2022 Cohort: For Youth Applicants
Arctic Youth Ambassador 2020-2021 Youth Application

NOMINATIONS ARE ALSO REQUIRED. The Nominator Form can be found here: https://forms.gle/r2KrakkXNpWGQyFW8

DEADLINE TO APPLY: January 5th 2020

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS must be within the ages of 17-20 and be a resident of Alaska (students attending college out of state are eligible, but funding for travel may be limited). See additional eligibility criteria below.

The Arctic Youth Ambassadors program will bring together students across Alaska to serve as Ambassadors for their communities and country in building awareness at home and abroad about life in Alaska, the US Arctic. Ambassadors will add their voices and solutions to a global conversation about how to sustain communities, cultures and the environment in a changing Arctic.

Ambassadors will participate in a variety of programs and projects, and are expected to:
-Share stories from Alaska about the changing Arctic through local and national media, blogs, and/or videos
-Attend trainings and seminars
-Participate in exchanges between rural and urban communities
-Participate in and present at professional Arctic meetings, events, and conferences

You can learn more from the first two groups of Arctic Youth Ambassadors on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/arcticyouthambassadors/) and at www.arcticyouthambassadors.org.

As an Arctic Youth Ambassador you may be eligible to receive high school or college credit.
There is no tuition or fee to participate and required transportation expenses will be covered by the program.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

Who might be eligible as a Youth Ambassador? We are seeking people who meet the following criteria:

-Must be within the ages of 17-20 and be a resident of Alaska (students attending college out of state are eligible, but funding for travel may be limited)
-Available to participate intermittently over the next 18 months (approx.)
-Will have committed support of a mentor (may be a teacher, coach, counselor, relative, community leader, or other adult mentor)
-Show a high level of maturity, high potential in leadership, and would be successful working with peers from a wide diversity of backgrounds
-Demonstrate an interest in issues relevant to the changing Arctic—these issues range from ecology, wildlife, and traditional knowledge to community wellness, sustainable economic development, national and international policy, and resiliency of Arctic communities
-Are dependable to respond promptly, follow-through on commitments, and seek help when needed to meet the expectations of this program
-Are willing and able to travel (with in-state travel expenses covered by the program and some flexibility to accommodate school and work schedules)
-Willingness and ability to be involved in programs and projects intermittently through 2021

HOW TO APPLY:
You must be nominated by an adult who agrees to help mentor you through the program and will provide a recommendation for you. Apply online (preferred) or complete and return the application by email or with the help of your nominator no later than January 5th 2020 OR send email submissions to: arcticyouthambassadors@fws.gov
Accepted students will be selected by January 31st, 2020 and contacted by phone or mail in early February 2020. Unfortunately, not everyone who applies will be able to participate.


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