Voices of Youth: How to Build a Successful Arctic Youth Engagement Program

Organized by: Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Arctic Council Working Group; United States Fish and Wildlife Service 7. September 2017

Changes in the Arctic did not happen overnight, and some of the challenges the region (and the world) faces today, such as climate change, cannot be solved overnight.

Friday, October 13, 16:25 - 17:55
Location: Stemma, Ground Level

Younger generations are playing an important role in addressing these challenges. Arctic youth programs exist in many forms and with many purposes, but all of these Arctic youth programs involve a group of knowledgeable youth from across the region who understand the Arctic and its people and can explain it from a youth perspective for their peers across the Arctic and others around the world.


  • Tom Barry, CAFF Executive Secretary: Overview of CAFF education and youth engagement program
  • "Nomadic reindeer herders"
    • Alena Gerasimova, Association of World Reindeer Herders
    • Svein Mathiesen Association of World Reindeer Herders:
  • Jeehye Kim, Korean Arctic Academy: “South Korea’s Engagement with Future Generations for a Sustainable Arctic”
  • Gina Goh, Republic of Singapore, representing a number of Arctic youth programs in Singapore [still awaiting title of presentation]
  • Maka Monture, Youth Programs Fellow, U.S. Arctic Youth Ambassador Program

Perspectives for Successful Youth involvement on Arctic Sustainability

  • Macy Kenworthy (US Arctic Youth Ambassador Program)
  • Cade Terada (US Arctic Youth Ambassador Program)
  • Alejandro Soto (US Arctic Youth Ambassador Program)
  • Alliana Salanguit (US Arctic Youth Ambassador Program)
  • Bobbie McNeley (Aleut International)


Gilbert Castellanos, U.S. Head of Delegation to the CAFF Working Group, U.S. Department of the Interior