What is a Youth Leader?  Detailed Description Below

Calling all youth! 

The ACT Youth Leader program can be a vehicle for young people to harness their combined talents and energy and to become involved in decision-making that effects their individual lives and the lives of those in their community.  Youth Leaders can be anyone under the age of 25 who demonstrates interest in individual and/or community wellness; displays community awareness/involvement; is willing to commit time; and  is reliable, respectable, and honest.  Youth Leaders will help develop and implement wellness activities and programs they feel will have the greatest impact on their community.  They will work with Wellness Ambassadors on different activities and find other Youth Leaders to form a Youth Council.  

We want you to feel empowered, supported, honored, proud, purpose-filled, hopeful, and loved.  We want you to have the skills to help other youth and young adults to feel this way.  Youth Leaders will learn positive life skills, communication strategies, leadership skills, and a whole lot more. Sign up today to be part of something great!

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Youth Leader Job Description

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Youth leaders are Alaskans under the age of 25 who demonstrate interest in individual and/or community wellness and are willing to commit time to wellness activities in their community. Youth Leaders will work with local Wellness Ambassadors and the Wellness Coalition on different activities and will identify and recruit other Youth Leaders to form a local Youth Council. Youth Leaders will be advised by the ACT Team who will provide guidance and direction, consultation, support and information. The ACT Youth Leader program can be a vehicle for young people to harness their combined talents and energy and to become involved in decision-making that effects their individual lives and the lives of those in their community.  

Youth Leader Characteristics

  • Demonstrate an interest in individual and/or community wellness;
  • Willing to commit time;
  • Has an interest in being involved in their community;
  • Reliable, respectable and honest;
  • Belief that their community can work together to improve overall wellness, leading to a reduction in suicide, domestic violence, and sexual assault; and 
  • Ability to advocate for others and help them work towards a healthier lifestyle. 

Youth Leader Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement wellness activities and programs for other youth;
  • Serve as a role model to other youth;
  • Work in coordination with Wellness Ambassadors and the Wellness Coalition;
  • Recruit other Youth Leaders;
  • Identify potential ideas, strategies, and programs for enhancing wellness; 
  • Help organize a minimum of 2-3 outreach activity per year;
  • Participate in a training whenever possible and available online, via teleconference, or in person;   
  • Share and post bi-monthly newsletters and flyers around your community; and  
  • Share your success and ideas with the ACT team! 

Youth Leader Benefits:

  • Be an active participate in co-creating a new paradigm of positive change for Alaska; 
  • Annual recognition for service as a Youth Leader; 
  • Develop leadership skills;
  • Learn positive life skills;
  • Learn communication strategies;
  • A network that provides motivation to stay committed to your own health and wellness goals; 
  • Receive occasional wellness goody bags; 
  • Opportunity to be on the cutting edge of an innovative program and to receive training; and  
  • Opportunity to compete for the XPrize award. 

Youth Leader Orientation & Training 

  • 1 hour orientation video; 
  • Ongoing monthly teleconference calls with other Youth Leaders within your region; 
  • Online videos posted on the website around specific topics in wellness; and  
  • Opportunity to attend regional Think Tank gatherings and one annual Think Tank gathering. 

Time Commitment 

  • The estimated monthly commitment is about five hours, and  
  • Youth Leaders are asked to commit to this role for a minimum of one year.