delta classroomAlaska 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.




Gratitude is Good for Athletes

In this presentation at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Teri McKeever explains why gratitude is good for athletes, and how she has tried to foster it as a swim coach. (from the Greater Good Science Center)

Nurturing Creativity at School

11 sled kids md“Creativity isn’t about music and art; it is an attitude to life, one that everybody needs,” wrote the University of Winchester’s Professor Guy Claxton in the lead-up to the 2014 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) dedicated to creativity and education. “It is a composite of habits of mind which include curiosity, skepticism, imagination, determination, craftsmanship, collaboration, and self-evaluation.”

Sounds like the perfect skill set for equipping young people to navigate an increasingly complex and unpredictable world. Encouragingly, there’s plenty of evidence — from both research and practice — that most of the above canbe taught in the classroom. In fact, innovation and education experts agree that creativity can fit perfectly into any learning system. Continue reading… (from

Apply for School Grants for Healthy Kids

image001Breakfast Grants and Every Kid Healthy Grants (supporting physical activity and nutrition programming) are available. Apply for one or both by May 1.

Eligible schools may apply for funding to pilot or expand their School Breakfast Programs, pilot universal school breakfast, and/or support physical activity and nutrition initiatives working toward healthy-school certification.In addition to funding, your school will receive technical support, gain access to AFHK’s improved grants portal, and ensure your students are healthy and ready to learn. Learn more when you register for a School Grants Webinar.

Apply by May 1, 2015 for a 2015-2016 School Grant for Healthy Kids.

Social-Emotional Learning Pays Off

From time to time, we chance upon an insight that disrupts our sense of what we thought was obviously true. For example, most of us think we learn skills that will make us money by using our minds—by learning what to “do” with the information we “know.” Investing in developing our hearts—how we “feel” and “relate” to one another—is not viewed as a primary function of education.

A groundbreaking study from Columbia University, “The Economic Value of Social and Emotional Learning,” reveals what we call “the heart payoff.” (Continue reading…) from

AWARE to expand Girls on the Run statewide


Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO

Juneau’s sexual assault and domestic abuse prevention non-profit is expanding Girls on the Run, an after-school program that aims to empower elementary and middle school girls to be healthy and confident.

AWARE has grown the program in Southeast and wants more communities to join in the movement.

Read/Listen to the full story here. (Lisa Phu,

AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Funding Opportunity

logoThe AmeriCorps funding opportunity for federally-recognized Indian Tribes is designed to target resources on a core set of challenges: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.

Maximum of $75,000 for a one-year period planning grant. Maximum of $13,730 per member service year.

Letter of Intent (encouraged): April 8, 2015
Application: April 29, 2015

For more information, link to the RFP

Spirit of Youth 2-minute Radio Series

soy logo caption smSpirit of Youth’s radio series is created by independent producer Shana Sheehy and is aired on virtually every public radio station in Alaska reaching nearly 100 communities and 94,000 listeners. The series has been on the air for 12 years and highlights several Spirit of Youth nominees. These stories not only allow adults around the state to hear positive and accurate portrayals of teens but they also counterbalance negative stereotypes so often perpetuated by the media.

For the latest batch of radio stories, with youth from Bethel, Sitka, Talkeetna, Seward and more, click here!

Community Engagement Educator Position

ice logo no backgroundAssociation of Alaska School Boards’ Initiative for Community Engagement (Alaska ICE) seeks a motivated individual who is passionate about community engagement and advocating for youth.  The CEE, as a part of the ICE team, provides direct education and technical assistance to schools, communities, and organizations throughout Alaska. This position, funded through the Alaska Native Education Program grant, works to increase community support for positive youth development and success in school. Responsibilities include community engagement and planning, coaching and technical assistance for statewide partners, presentations and capacity building with school districts, youth leadership, and culturally-specific experience within Alaska.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelors degree (Masters preferred); at least 3 years of professional training or teaching experience and 2 years of project management; experience working in rural Alaska and familiarity with Alaska Native culture; strong interpersonal and writing skills; experience and interest in using technology.  Juneau location preferred; must be willing to travel all over Alaska with limited accommodations.  217-day work year.  Competitive salary/benefits.  Equal opportunity employer.  Background check required.

Email cover letter and resumé to aasb©aasb•org  (dmiller©aasb•org)   before 3/06/2015.

Youth Advocacy Institute a Success

P1040322The Youth Advocacy Institute (YAI) that took place Feb. 7-10 in conjunction with the AASB Leadership Fly-in was a great success! Students from across the state interested in government, education issues, and how to share their voices with legislators on concerns in their school districts and communities arrived in Juneau eager to participate.

Throughout the weekend YAI attendees engaged in workshops on current legislation, the legislative process, and effective communication. Students also met with school board members and their state representatives at the capitol, and took part in a mock hearing with legislative staff.

View more photos here.





YAHA Seeking New Youth Members

yahaThe Youth Alliance for a Healthier Alaska (YAHA) is a group of diverse, energetic teens ages 14-18 from across Alaska. They are interested in health and are enthusiastic about shaping how our state responds to youth issues.

The mission of YAHA is to advise the Adolescent Health Program and other health programs in Alaska, and to create interventions designed to improve the lives of adolescents in Alaska.

The application is due March 16, 2015.
For more information and to apply, click here.

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