Connecting and Supporting Youth Making Change
in the Arctic

The Arctic Youth Network is a youth-founded and youth-led non-profit organization supporting a global network of youth through international cooperation and capacity-building.


The Arctic Youth Network strives to connect young people around the Arctic and the world, while providing them with the tools and experience they need to create change locally and internationally. 

Those tools come in many forms and include opportunities to with with governments and institutions making decisions regarding the Arctic, funding and mentorship for innovative youth-led projects, and useful connections to organizations, Arctic professionals, and other youth.

Youth are not just the leaders of tomorrow: they’re the leaders of today. 

Core Volunteers
Members and Growing!
Programs in Progress

Making Change
One Step at a Time

The AYN is  led by a dynamic, international team. We are working hard to build our organizational capacity and to establish strategic partnerships to better serve our members and the Arctic community at large.

What is this all for? AYN members came together and determined barriers to action facing Arctic youth today:

The Network aims to confront these barriers.
The AYN's 2 Pillars outline how we carry out our commitment to supporting our members' vision and passion.


The AYN aims to connect youth across borders and cultures for meaningful collaboration and exchange. When youth work together, amazing things happen.

  • Communications platform: active social media network and dynamic website to facilitate sharing stories of members’ actions and encourage collaboration
  • Chapters: a framework to organize youth at a regional level and assist in initiating projects locally with global support.
  • The Exchange: in-house publishing platform for sharing content by youth, engages over 25 writers and editors, shareable publications tailored for the program’s diverse and wide-reaching partner organizations
  • Tailored assistance in youth-led project development and seeking funding 


Building youth capacity for leadership and effective action allows youth to make change their own way. With education and experience, they can harness what they learn and apply it to their own initiatives. 

  • Opportunity aggregation: resources and programming shared with members by bringing together available opportunities from across the Arctic
  • Youth-involvement services for organizations and institutions: assistance for organizations in actively engaging and incorporating youth into their ongoing projects, advisory councils, networks, and events
  • Conference participation: funding the participation of youth at relevant conferences and developing youth panels or sessions as a component of these gatherings

Taking action for our environment and our people

Striving towards diversity and inclusive spaces

Sharing and creating open collaborative spaces

Recognizing interwoven global impacts of Arctic actions

Taking steps to build a sustainable future

Youth in the Arctic face unprecedented social, economic, and environmental shifts—and are working hard to address them. Supporting youth leadership is critical to ensuring a safe, equitable, and sustainable future for the Arctic.

The AYN will continue to grow to address the needs of youth in the Arctic, enable collaboration, and provide them opportunities to develop as leaders in their communities.

If you are interesting in getting involved in the AYN or partnering with us, please send us a message today.

Our deepest gratitude to our funders and supporters. The Arctic Youth Network could not be what it is today without your support.