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Welcome, Alejandro!

Alejandro Soto joins the team at the Forum as our new Youth Program Associate, in addition to pursuing his studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA.) Alejandro was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States with his family when he was 13, starting school unable to speak English. At 15, Alejandro was invited to join Alaska Geographic's outdoor youth programs, and that summer participated in a two-week kayak trip in the Alaska wilderness with other teens from around the state. Since then, he has completed a NOLS whitewater course, become a member of the Alaska Geographic retail and education staff, and was a charter member of their Youth Leadership Team, a group

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