AK|Next is a reflective, experiential program focused on developing leadership, cross cultural understanding, and connections between Alaskan youth.
This program takes place in early summer, bringing together youth from across Alaska to learn and practice leadership skills. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Alaska Native Education Program, AK|Next builds on the Forum's work with youth over the past two decades.
This program is offered at no cost to participants.
This program is open to all current high school students interested in exploring leadership - we need all types of young people! Everyone has the potential to change their community. We're seeking high school students who are passionate, eager to represent their communities, and excited about learning with and from other students from across Alaska. We want to build a movement of young people inspiring change in their communities.
Application deadline: Sunday, April 24th, 2022
Program Dates: July 25-29, 2022 in Anchorage (please note the program dates have been shifted due to unforeseen logistics changes.)
AK|Next is a week-long, overnight program with housing provided. This program is offered at no cost to participants (including travel).
Please note that students must be comfortable traveling to and from Anchorage on their own.
AK|Next is open to all 8th-12th grade students in Alaska (students must be at least 13 years old at the time of the program).
COVID Vaccination Policy
Participants are required to be up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccines in order to participate in AK|Next. Up-to-date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible. Participants will be required to show proof of being up-to-date or apply for a medical or religious exemption upon acceptance into AK|Next.
How to apply
Applications for AK|Next 2022 are closed.
The Alaska Humanities Forum is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that designs and facilitates experiences to bridge distance and difference – programming that shares and preserves the stories of people and places across our vast state, and explores what it means to be Alaskan.
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