groupAlaska ICE: Empowering Communities to Help Youth Succeed

Alaska ICE actively partners with schools and communities, building positive youth-adult relationships and healthier school and community climates to help kids achieve academic and social success.

Learn more about our statewide partnerships.


Funding Alert: Youth Development and Culture Camp Grants

73Open to All Rural Alaska Communities: This program provides grant funding to community-based organizations to engage Alaska Native youth ages 12-17 in:

• Youth leadership development, or
• Culture camps or cultural identity projects.

Federally recognized tribal organizations or 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in rural Alaskan communities are eligible to apply. Deadline: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Project Timeline: November 18, 2014 – April 30, 2015. More info here. (RurAL CAP)

Family Meals May Mean a Healthier Weight

120718Hot_Lunch tyTeenagers who eat dinner with the family two or three times a week may reduce their risk for obesity in young adulthood.

Read the full article here.

How Exercise Can Boost Young Brains

Encourage young boys and girls to run, jump, squeal, hop and chase after each other or after erratically kicked balls, and you substantially improve their ability to think, according to the most ambitious study ever conducted of physical activity and cognitive performance in children. The results underscore, yet again, the importance of physical activity for children’s brain health and development, especially in terms of the particular thinking skills that most affect academic performance. (Continue reading …)

Art and Writing Competition – open to Grades 7-12

Registration is open for the Alaska Region of the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. It is sponsored by Young Emerging Artists, a nonprofit organization.

The competition is open to grade 7-12 students in public, private, or home schools throughout Alaska. Students must submit work no later than December 20.  Registration is free. But there is a fee for submissions: $5 per individual submission, with no limit on the number of individual submissions; and $20 for portfolios, with a limit of two per individual in both art and writing. For more information, see

Upcoming webinars around SEL, bullying prevention, and more

876Committee for Children’s Second Step programs can help you create a safe and supportive school community with social-emotional skills, bullying prevention, and child protection. There are a series of webinars coming up focusing on these topics. All webinars are free and take 30-60 minutes.

Click here for more information.

Poetry Out Loud – Register by October 15

UnknownRegister for Poetry Out Loud by October 15. The contest starts at the classroom level, moves on to school-wide and state competitions, and then to the national finals. The program encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Poetry Out Loud promotes public speaking skills, self-confidence, and knowledge of our literary heritage.

See Or contact pol©jahc•org  (pol©jahc•org)   or 907-269-6610 or 1-888-278-7424.

TED Talk on connecting positive youth development with community development

Roberto Rivera leads The Good Life Alliance PBC, an organization that publishes multi-media educational tools and trains educators, youth workers, and parents to connect positive youth development to community development.

Partners in Education: Family-School Partnerships

PartnersInEducation_cvrWritten by family and community engagement experts Karen L. Mapp and Paul J. Kuttner, Partners in Education addresses an important challenge for educators: principals and teachers report that they value relationships with families, yet they receive little training for engaging families and say that they feel underprepared to develop these partnerships.

Find out more, and read the report, here. (


School Board Reviews Sitka Student Attitudes

Sitka School Board members held a work session Monday night to dig through results from a recent report that seeks to measure student and staff attitudes about school environment. The “Climate and Connectedness” survey covers school safety, parent and teacher involvement, and other things that affect learning, said Jenni Lefing, an Association of Alaska School Boards representative who briefed the board on the results.

Read the full article here. (from the Daily Sitka Sentinel)

Family Dinners May Help Reduce Cyberbullying’s Harmful Effects in Teens

Teens who are victims of cyberbullying are more likely to have mental health and substance use problems, while regular family dinners appear to moderate these negative health effects, a JAMA Pediatrics study suggests.

Read more here.

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