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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.


New Book Published by ‘Strong Man’ Author Ishmael Hope

Alaska Native poet, playwright and storyteller Ishmael Hope is proud to announce the publication of his first collection of poetry, CourtesanCourtesans-Cover-300x217-300x210s of Flounder Hill.

In describing Courtesans of Flounder Hill, publisher Ishmael Reed said, “A descendent of our first storytellers, Ishmael Hope’s poetry reaches back thousands of years and jumps forth into the twenty-first century.”

This is Hope’s second published book. He previously teamed up with Athabascan illustrator Dimi Macheras to create the graphic novel, Strong Man, a unique presentation of a traditional Alaska Native story that chronicles a young man’s high school struggles and triumphs, and promotes traditional cultural values as a foundation for youth achievement.

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What role should digital devices play in the lives of young children?

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 2.09.40 PMBabies today are born into a world of digital devices. And parents are trying to navigate this new reality—specifically figuring out what role these new gadgets should play in the lives of their young children.

ZERO TO THREE has developed Screen Sense:  Setting the Record Straight—Research-based Guidelines for Screen Use for Children Under 3 Years Old. This new free resource, written in partnership with leading researchers in the field of media and young children, is an authoritative review of what is known about the effect of screen media on young children’s learning and development.

Get more information, including 5 Myths about Young Children and Screen Media, here.

The Center for Native American Youth Champions for Change Program

1d25b66124709ffad72dd0f4a00b7491_mttp_zvd9-1The Champions for Change program was created as an effort to shine a spotlight on incredible stories of youth leadership and help inspire young people across Indian Country. The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) is accepting applications and nominations for the 2015 class of Champions for Change. Selected participants will serve a two-year term on CNAY’s Youth Advisory Board.

Application Deadline: January 12, 2015

Visit the Center for Native American Youth’s website.
(Click here for additional information and application/nomination materials.)

Schools Urged to Teach Life Skills for Success

Hands UpIf students are going to make a successful transition to college and career, schools need to do more than focus on academics. Experts say helping students develop grit, self-discipline, and critical thinking needs to be prioritized, as well.

A new report by the New America Foundation emphasizes the value of these “skills for success” and encourages K-12 educators to integrate activities to promote them into the classroom.

Read Caralee Adams’ full article here. (from

Harbormasters Scholarship Application for maritime careers

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 9.57.22 AMThe Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators is accepting applications for a scholarship for a college- or vocational school-bound Alaskan high school senior interested in pursuing a maritime career.

Find out more information at or get the application here.

Become an AmeriCorps Member with RurAL CAP

Rural Cap is now recruiting 35 AmeriCorps Members. Full-time, one-year positions start in January, 2015.
Application deadline extended to 12/12/2014.

Get an application online at

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Nominate youth for a Spirit of Youth award


The 2014 Spirit of Youth Teen Advisory Council and Award Recipients

Each year, Spirit of Youth recognizes roughly 150 youth from 50 or more communities by soliciting nominations from caring community members and partnering with school boards to conduct local recognition events. These youth receive accolades for accomplishments that no other group applauds, including cultural pursuits, science and environmental activities, the arts, and service to the community.

Nominate youth here.
See current nominees here.
Listen to their radio stories here.

New funding competition open to Tribal and local governments

OperationAmeriCorps-vertThe Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has announced Operation AmeriCorps, a new program with two funding priorities from which to choose. Applicants may choose to apply to either of the priorities.

The first priority focuses on specific post-secondary outcomes for students. The second priority allows localities to identify their most pressing challenge. In each case, the most important element is choosing a project that will be a game-changer for the local community and ensuring that there are clear outcomes to measure success.

For more information, follow this link.

Grade-School Bullying Takes a Toll on the Adolescent Brain, Study Finds

The marks of childhood bullying don’t fade; they imprint themselves on a student’s brain, according to new research presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting here this morning. “Before [social media], your bullies at school stayed at school,” said Alina Arakelian, a pediatrics research assistant at Children’s Hospital and a co-author of the study,. “Now, through social media, they follow you everywhere,” which can boost the severity and effects of peer harassment.

Read the full story here. (

Stand Speak Soar logoAASB’s 61st Annual Conference
Nov. 6-9, 2014
@ the Anchorage Hilton Hotel

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