Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 10.38.44 AMAlaska 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.


Members Needed for Youth Alliance for a Healthier Alaska

YAHA Group PhotoThe 2014-2015 Youth Alliance for a Healthier Alaska (YAHA) recruitment will close at 5 p.m. on June 13. YAHA is a group of youth from across Alaska that advises the state’s Adolescent Health Program in the Division of Public Health.

Do you know a young person (between the ages of 14-18) in your community that would benefit from participating in a group of positive, dedicated, and creative peers next school year?  Do you have connections with a youth who is interested in health?  Please encourage them to apply. The next session begins September 2014 and ends in May 2015.

See for more information.

2014 FLL WORLD CLASS Challenge

FLL_WorldClassWhat is the future of learning? FIRST® LEGO® League teams will find the answers.  In the 2014 FLL WORLD CLASS℠ Challenge, over 230,000 children ages 9 to 16* from over 70 countries will redesign how we gather knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Teams will teach adults about the ways that kids need and want to learn.

Find out more here.

Three Alaska Students Receive Gates Scholarships

TSWS_Slider1Three high school students from Alaska have been chosen as recipients of the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship for the 2014 – 15 academic year.  Mary Pingayak and Kyla Fermoyle, both from Chevak, and Martina May Brown from Ketchikan, were chosen from more than 52,000 applicants that qualify from a designated minority population and on a function of other factors, including dependency status, family income, family size and the number of students in the family.

Only 1000 recipients are chosen annually from around the nation to receive the scholarship.
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Honoring Our Children Day – April 26

dillingham earlylearn 1On April 26th, across the state, communities will rise as one to Honor Our Children.

This is the right time and we are the right people to get up and stand up for our kids. This is an Alaska Native led event open to everyone; it is a grassroots initiative where all in our communities are welcome to participate so long as children are at the center. The goal of this statewide effort is to bring us together so that we grow strong, culturally connected, empowered and loved children who are ready to lead us into the future.

For more information on this statewide effort, visit the Alaska Federation of Natives website.

April Campaign at Best Beginnings Illustrates How Much Our Words Count

best beginnings reading photo_medThe more words children are exposed to in their first few years, the better they fare in school and in life. Earlier this year, Best Beginnings launched Words Count to encourage parents to talk, sing, read, and play with their young children every day.

Visit Best Beginnings for more info and to subscribe to their e-newsletter, and connect on Facebook at

3 Things Parents Wish Teachers Knew

clay clubAfter I wrote “5 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew,” parents started filling my inbox with the things they wish teachers knew — and why not? The ideal parent-teacher conference is an opportunity to give and take, a time and place for both teachers and parents to share their observations.

Take a peek at what the parents who got in touch wish their children’s teachers knew, here. (by Jessica Lahey, for the NY Times)

Positive Parenting Practices

Yaakoosge  197Parenting a teen is not easy. Many outside influences distract our youth and add challenges to parenting efforts. Youth need adults who are there for them—people who connect with them, communicate with them, spend time with them, and show a genuine interest in them.

By engaging in positive parenting practices, parents can help their adolescent make healthy choices. Find out more at the CDC website.

2014 June Nelson Memorial Scholarship Winners

jnms logo_2014AASB is pleased to announce the 12 recipients of the 2014 June Nelson Memorial Scholarship! AASB would like to thank the 101 students who submitted an application and the scholarship committee (made up of board of directors and staff) who reviewed them.

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AASB would also like to extend a scholarship to one past recipient based on her essay.
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Nominations open for Alaska Teacher of the Year

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 5.30.09 PMThe goal of the Alaska Teacher of the Year program is to honor a teacher who provides exceptional service to the students of today, the leaders of tomorrow.  Nominate a teacher in your district who exemplifies excellence in the classroom; a teacher who demonstrates the characteristics and professionalism representative of all teachers in Alaska.  Submit his/her name for consideration as Alaska’s Teacher of the Year.

For complete details, click here.

June Nelson Memorial Scholarship deadline upon us

jnms logo_2014This 2013-2014 school year, AASB will award ten graduating seniors each with a $1,200 scholarship to apply toward their post-secondary education. The scholarship may be applied toward the student’s choice of a business, trade, or college institution. Deadline to apply is March 17, 2014.

For complete application details, click here.

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