Alaska Youth for Environmental Action 2018 Youth Salmon Fellows: Jennifer McCumber of Utqiagvik, Eve Downing of Soldotna, Gabby Nayokpuk of Shishmaref, and Julia Scully of Palmer

The Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) Youth Salmon Fellows (YSFs) are a group of young Alaskans who worked on the issue of salmon habitat in their communities. All fellows developed a work plan of activities to promote the protection of salmon habitat and ballot measure 1.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Jennifer McCumber at The North Slope Borough School District, Eve Downing at Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Gabby Nayokpuk at Bering Strait School District, Julia Scully at Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District.
  • Award Category Visionary, Innovator

Chance Shank

Chance graduated from high school this year with two associates degrees, an Associate of Science and Associate of Arts General Program, with Cum Laude honors.

  • Home Town Dot Lake
  • School District
  • Award Category Role Model

Charlie Menke

Charlie has been a volunteer coach every Sunday afternoon for the youngest hockey players of the Homer Hockey Association for four years. He is also a strong leader of Homer High School’s Student Council and Peer Mentor Program.

  • Home Town Homer
  • School District Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
  • Award Category Role Model

Darius Mina

Darius has participated in numerous Alaska Geographic, Chugach Children’s Forest, and Student Conservation Association conservation projects. He has acted as a steward to public lands and encourages others to get outside, be healthy, and take action to enjoy and preserve public spaces.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Anchorage School District

Jiabao Leaf

Despite physical challenges, Jiabao is one of the key leaders in a summer soccer program that reaches underprivileged native youth. He’s also been involved in the Alaska Republican Party, being a guest speaker at the Alaska Republican Party State Convention back in March.

  • Home Town Kenai
  • School District Private
  • Award Category Role Model

Jordan Julich

Jordan runs her own non-profit organization called Jordan’s Junk for Joy. Her organization helps raise money for Special Santa, which helps brings the spirit of Christmas to families in need.

  • Home Town wasilla
  • School District Matsu
  • Award Category Dreamer, Role Model

Jordyn Cleveland

Jordyn has been a youth leader for a bully prevention project at Stone Soup Group. Her work includes creating an understanding of bullying in order to help teachers support students with disabilities.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Anchorage
  • Award Category Dreamer, Role Model

Maddie James

Maddie continues to lead boating safety education community outreach events. Alaska has one of the highest recreational boating fatality rates in the nation and the outreach Maddie does is aimed at educating and addressing the problem.

  • Home Town Palmer
  • School District Mat-Su School District

Molly and Lauren McCabe

Molly and Lauren McCabe raised more than $10,000 for cancer charity, which was donated directly to the Children’s Hospital at Providence.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Anchorage
  • Award Category Humanitarian, Lifesaver

Native Student Leadership Council at East Anchorage High School

The Native Student Leadership Council (NLC) at East High School is an active group of Alaska Native and American Indian students who want to share their pride, cultural values and traditions with the community.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Anchorage School District
  • Award Category Visionary, Role Model

S.A.V.E. Alaska’s Education: Abigail Burke, Fatoumata Sabally, Jakira Starks, Ana Hokenson

When middle school students were informed about the overhaul happening in their schools, Abigail Burke, Fatoumata Sabally, Jakira Starks and Ana Hokenson decided it was time for action. They created a gofundme account in an effort to a trip to Juneau to advocate for middle school education. By October, they had enough miles and money to commit to a trip for all four girls to go to Juneau during the 2018 legislative session.

 

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Anchorage School District
  • Award Category Phoenix, Role Model