Youth Councils

Do you have one already? Ready to form one? 

During ACT on the Trail we hope to develop Youth Councils throughout Alaska and provide them with encouragement and support in the years to come.

Download the Youth Council Incentive Award Guide or read below.

What is a Youth Council?

A Youth Council is a group of young people who provide counsel and support to organizations and governing bodies and create and participate in a variety of projects and community initiatives. Participants can include high school aged youth (16-18 as well as emerging young leaders ages 18-24). The members of the Youth Council are usually nominated or selected to be representatives.

Forming a Youth Council - Getting Started

Step One

Host a Youth Council Kickoff Event in your community where members explore / learn about / experience:  

  • An overview of youth councils, Alaskans Changing Together, and the ACT on the Trail Challenge
  • Their community strengths and needs (may also include risk and protective factors)
  • Getting engaged and on board
  • Support resources (staff, volunteer mentors, etc)
  • The ACT Personal Wellness Plan

Step Two

Youth Council Member Recruitment

Youth share how they care about personal and community wellness in response to  compelling questions like:

  • What is important to you about the ACT on the Trail Initiative?
  • What is at stake if we/our community does not make a commitment to wellness?  (e.g. what will we lose?)
  • What is possible when we/our community makes a commitment to wellness? 

Create a reflection of answers to community wellness questions

Examples include:

  • Wall mural
  • Club wellness journal or scrapbook
  • Power point presentation
  • Word document
  • Combination of above
  • Identify what’s working in your community along with community and individual strengths / assets 

Step Three

Youth Council Member Commitment

  • Get commitment from youth who will join the Youth Council and will  participate in the ACT on the Trail Challenge via a participation agreement. See Youth Council Pledge>>

Step Four

Community Wellness Event Planning

Host a basic community wellness event. Participants can be involved in various wellness experience.  There can be different tables set up for different components of the wellness wheel and wellness plan.  There can be a commitment wall, door prizes, storytelling, etc.

Step Five

Putting plans into motion, documenting outcomes and celebrating success is the focus of Step  Five. Your Youth Council Advisory Team and Youth Council members will want to consider  unique and creative ways to make this happen during this early Youth Council development phase.

ACT On The Iditarod Trail

Your newly formed youth council will gather together ideas, needs, and solutions for your community.

ACT On The Iditarod Trail Incentive Awards (For Checkpoints Along The Iditarod Trail)

To receive this award you will need to meet the following criteria:

1. Identify a Youth Council Advisory Team 

2. Complete the five steps to forming a Youth Council

3. Each Youth Council member completes a Personal Wellness Plan

4. As a community on the trail, Youth Council members plan a wellness event for their school / community to coincide with the Iditarod.

Communities outside of the Iditarod Trail

If your community would like to pursue and incentive program but does not live along the Iditarod trail, please contact us to consider alternatives and generate ideas for regional sponsorship of an incentive award.

Additional Youth Council Documents:

ACT on the Trail Incentive Award Guide

How to get started:

Youth Council Operating Guide

Youth Council Resources Guide

Youth Council Toolkit

Youth Council Workbook

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