These groups, organizations, and institutions across the North are working hard to empower, inform, and support youth.
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North Slope Boughrough (Alaska) residents interested in or currently pusuing degrees in wildlife biology or realted fields
Arctic experts, scientists, and youth interested in climate activism
The Arctic Basecamp is a team Arctic experts and scientists who brings the Arctic to the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting at Davos. The Arctic Basecamp sets up a real Arctic science basecamp, with an expedition tent acting as workplace during the day and a dormitory at night, camping in sub-zero temperatures to bring a message of global risk to the world leaders at the WEF. Youth programming includes: The Arctic Basecamp Youth Network, which aims to educate, engage with, and inspire young people in their climate activism; and The Arctic Basecamp Youth Ambassdors, which provides young climate activists with tools and connections to help them in their activism. In the previous years, Arctic Basecamp has brought delegations of ambassadors along to the World Economic Forum.
Indigenous Arctic communities seeking funding to pursue community-enhancing projects
A fund being led by young Indigenous leaders from across the Arctic. It is a unique opportunity to decide how philanthropic funding should be distributed in ways that better support the needs of Northern communities, and align with existing Indigenous-led efforts and leadership shaping the future of the North. Grant size varies by Arctic state.
An Indigenous person of the North preferably working and residing in the regions eligible for the AIP; or a non-Indigenous person working and residing in the regions eligible for the AIP
By celebrating and providing seed-funding to Northern teams with innovative project ideas, the Arctic Inspiration Prize supports Northerners in bringing initiatives to life that bring about the changes they want to see in their communities. This prize provides seed-money to get new and creative projects off the ground, it does not provide money for continued operation or expansion.
arcticinspirationprize; ArcticPrize; ArcticPrize
Arctic Research Consortium of the United States
Fairbanks, AK, United States
Candidates should be Indigenous persons at least 18 years of age, with US citizenship
Indigenous women, girls, trans, gender non-binary, and 2spirit people in the Beaufort Delta region of the Northwest Territories
The Arctic Youth Development Agency (AYDA) is an Indigenous-led non-profit that aims to build the collective power of Indigenous women and girls in the Beaufort Delta region by investing in their visions, leadership, and development. AYDA is using the healing power of art to create safe spaces for its clients.
APECS' goals include creating opportunities for the development of innovative, international, and interdisciplinary collaborations among current early career polar researchers as well as recruiting, retaining, and promoting the next generation of polar enthusiasts.
Association of Polar Early Career Scientists - Sweden
Early career polar researchers in Sweden
APECS Sweden is the Swedish national committee for the international network for early career polar researchers – APECS.
Iqualuit, NU, Canada
Inuit youth, generally ages 12-25, from Nunavut communities
This fund sponsors Inuit youth who would otherwise not have such opportunities to build self-esteem and confidence through challenging outdoor adventure, meeting other young Canadians, and taking part in social-cultural exploration.
Barents Regional Youth Council
Network (Personal or Professional)
Finland, Norway, Russia, Sweden
BRYC members are either elected by the youth council in their region, or chosen by their county administration based on the following criteria: the candidate must be aged 18-30, have good English language skills, have insight into the current youth issues in their home region and be interested in international cooperation.
BRYC (Barents Regional Youth Council) is a multinational youth council consisting of youth representatives from the Northern regions of Norway, Russia, Finland and Sweden. BRYC's mission is to strengthen people-to-people cooperation among youth and empower young people to be active participants of their societies. BRYC's five core values are: Cooperation, tolerence, reliability, fairness and respect.
BYTE Empowering Youth Society
Whitehorse, YK, Canada
Youth in the Yukon
byteyukon; byteyukon; byteyukon
Conservation of Arctic Flora & Fauna Working Group of the Arctic Council
Individuals interested in the conservation of Arctic biodiversity
caff_arctic_biodiversity; CAFFS; CAFFsecretariat
Dechinta Bush University
Indigenous Education & Resurgence
Yellowknife, NT, Canada
Learners with an interest in Indigenous knowledge and land-based education
Dechinta is an Indigenous land-based initiative delivering accredited post-secondary educational and research experiences in the North. Dechinta aims to engage students, researchers and community in transformative academic and research programs based on the unique needs of Dene and Inuvialuit communities. Program offers accessible, holistic, and family-centered education rooted in Indigenous knowledge.
dechintacentre; dechintacentre; dechinta_
Dehcho K’éhodi Stewardship and Guardian Program
Indigenous Education & Resurgence
Fort Simpson, NT, Canada
Youth and Elders from Dene Nation communities
This program is a regional on-the-land program for stewardship activities in the region. It aims to foster youth-Elder relationships so future generations of Dene can learn their culture and how to be on the land. It is being built in collaboration with all Dene First Nation member communities.
EntrepreNorth empowers Indigenous entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses and livelihoods across Northern Canada. Major offerings include a cohort based entrepreneur growth program, networking events, and community based workshops.
entreprenorth; entreprenorth; entreprenorth
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife, NT, Canada
Varys based on program
Home Base YK
Yellowknife, NT, Canada
Yellowknife, NT, Canada
Youth, ages 12-24, in Yellowknife, NT, Canada
HomeBase YK offers programming to youth living in Yellowknife including: youth dorms, youth shelters, mental health and addictions programming, education and employment programming, independant young person programming, youth recreation programming, and cultural identity and preservation programming.
Yellowknife, NT, Canada
People with disabilities in the Northwest Territories
Inclusion NWT supports people with intellectual and other disabilities and their families, across their lifetime. Services include supported living, skills training, employment services, respite services, literacy classes, family activities, and outreach support.
inclusionnwt; inclusionnwt; inclusionnwt
Indigenous Peoples Secretariat of the Arctic Council
Noereh is the meeting place for Sámi youth. It was founded in autumn 2009 in Romsa/Tromsø, and has since been involved in several arenas. Noereh supports Sámi youth members in participating in meetings with other organisations, contributing viewpoints in projects, and taking part in panel discussions.
Nordic Youth Biodiversity Network
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden
Youth from the Nordic Countries
The Nordic Youth Biodiversity Network (NYBN) is the Nordic chapter of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN), an international network of youth organizations and individuals from every global region who have united together with a common goal: halting and reversing the biodiversity crisis.
Pregnant people in the Northwest Territories who are evacuated from their home community to give birth in an urban birthing center
The Northern Birthwork collective provides cost supported programming and services for all stages of the reproductive journey including conception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, miscarriage, loss, abortion, and parenting.
2SLGBTQIPA+ people and their allies living in the Northwest Territories
The Northern Mosaic Network strives to make communities in the Northwest Territories a safer, more open, more knowledgeable place for all 2SLGBTQIPA+ people and their allies. Youth-centered programming includes educational workshops and resources, mentorship, and the Rainbow Youth Centre, which offers free programming each week for 2SLGBTQIPA+ people and their allies to utilize.
Varys based on program, typically Northern youth between ages 15-30
Northern Youth Abroad seeks to foster leadership, cross-cultural awareness, individual career goals, and global citizenship in the youth of the North. Its flagship program promotes success in education by providing life-changing experiences involving a volunteer work and homestay placement in the South. Other programming includes an international program and a micro-grant program.
Inuit youth possessing land claim beneficiary numbers
Provides Inuit youth with the best possible post-secondary academic and cultural learning experiences. Students participate in activities designed to combine college-level academic studies and the development of a vital set of knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes that will allow them to successfully contribute to the world as young adults.
This collective fosters artistic creativity and opportunities in the Northwest Territories, Canada. NWTCC strives to provide accessible events, workshops and spaces where people can connect, learn, share, network and express themselves through art. A flagship youth opportunity is the annual Folk on the Rocks Art Showcase.
Applicants must: be an Inuk Nunavimmiuq, have graduated high school (or have equivalent work experience), and be over 18 years of age (unless they have already graduated high school)
Pijunnaqunga, or ”I can do it” in inuktitut, is an internship program that aims to empower young Inuit from Nunavik to develop their skills through hands-on work experience. The program includes in-depth interviews, an intensive training session, and paid internships in Nunavik organizations with a firm mentoring support.
Lindsay, ON, Canada; Iqualuit NU, Canada; Cambridge Bay, NU, Canada; Curve Lake, ON, Canada
Indigenous people interested in science, technology, engineering, art or math (STEAM)
Pinnguaq's mission is to work alongside rural, remote, Indigenous and other communities, to support the development of STEAM skills through innovative technology, art and play. Pinnguaq offers free in-person and remote digital skills workshops, camps, and online programs for learners of all ages
Performing artists in Nunavut (Inuit are prioritized)
Qaggiavuut aims to strengthen, promote, advocate and create space for Nunavut Performing Artists. With a focus on Inuit, the organization aims to preserve traditional Inuit performing, and nurture the creation of new Inuit performing arts. Performing arts trainings are regularly delivered to youth across Nunavut.
Youth from the ages of 15 to 35 in Nunavik or Chisasibi
Qarjuit Youth Council (QYC) strives to be part of the solution in improving the lives of the youth from the ages of 15 to 35 in Nunavik and Chisasibi. By providing information, support and programs specifically designed by and for them, QYC aims to give youth the voice they deserve in modern society, and to bring forward their cultural values.
Youth, ages 13-35, with connections to the Sahtu region
A platform for youth across the Sahtú Region to find innovative and contemporary ways to learn about their culture. Major activities include youth gatherings, digital storytelling, and traditional skills workshops which aim to enhance cultural learning and social connection
Sámediggi (The Sámi Parliament of Finland)
Sámi in Finland
The Sámediggi (Sámi Parliament) is the supreme political body of the Sámi in Finland representing the Sámi in national and international connections. It is an independent legal entity of public law which, due to its self-governmental nature, is not a state authority or part of the public administration. It has a Sámediggi Youth Council, which prepares statements, initiatives and other comments which concern Sámi youth and their living conditions.
Shakat Journal is a northern magazine, and hosts a digital publication called Voices North, which highlights voices in Northern communities. Shakat Journal works in partnership with the Community Building Youth Futures (CBYF) project, which has ambitious goals of engaging and supporting 5000 youth in their education to employment journey, to engage local education systems, employers, youth-serving organizations, and leaders and to pilot and scale up to 30 innovative projects. Shakat Journal also hosts the Youth Network Hub.
Small Economy Works aims to invigorate small economies and communities through culturally responsive and locally adapted entrepreneurial leadership training and social innovation initiatives. Its Flagship program, Inspire, has an NWT, Yukon, and Nunuvut branch. Inspire is an innovation and community leadership program designed by, and for, young people and educators in Nunavut. The program seeks to connect entrepreneurship, education and culture through experiential workshops and real world activities.
SmartICE is a leading Northern social enterprise focusing on climate change adaptation tools, integrating traditional knowledge of sea ice with technology; maximizing benefits for local communities and individuals, especially youth. The information provided by this service contributes to more informed decisions for safer sea ice travel in the face of climate change, and supports community economic development such as outfitting and fisheries. Youth programming includes employment and learning opportunities.
Youth ages 14-24 from around the world with demonstrated interest in a sustainable future (and specific expedition themes)
The Students on Ice (SOI) Foundation inspires and empowers leadership for a sustainable future by connecting youth to nature, and to the knowledge, people, and resources to make a difference. The SOI's major programming arm is polar expeditions, where youth participants from around the world go on unforgettable educational journeys to the Arctic, Antarctic, and many places in between. Scholarships or self-funding available.
Suoma Sámi Nuorat (SSN) Association of Finnish Sámi Youth
Sámi youth in Finland
The aim of the association’s activities is to strengthen the identity of young Sámi people and increase their awareness of Sámi culture. The association aims to increase contact between Sámi youth, improve the status of the Sámi language and raise the profile of Sámi culture. The main activities of the association are various trainings, projects, events and political lobbying in matters concerning the Sámi youth. SSN’s area of operation is the whole of Finland and the primary target group is Sámi young people living in Finland.
Northern people who have some level of experience in planning and delivering on the land programs, but who have little-to-no formal education in mental health service provision.
A training program that aims to provide tools and resources to better prepare land-based programmers to mitigate and respond to mental health challenges on the land. The vision of this program is to support and strengthen Indigenous cultures, languages, and ways of life in the North by creating on the land programs that are culturally appropriate and trauma informed.
Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council
Circumpolar Arctic residents and supporters
The Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) aims to propose and adopt steps to be taken by the Arctic States to advance sustainable development in the Arctic. Indigenous Youth, Food Knowledge, & Arctic Challenges (EALLU) aims to maintain and further develop a sustainable and resilient reindeer husbandry in the Arctic in face of climate change and globalisation, working towards a vision of creating a better life for circumpolar reindeer herders. EALLU focuses on youth involvement and engagement, seminars and place-based workshops, local capacity building, summer/winter schools, networking, as well as co-production of project outputs by youth themselves
With a mission to promote innovative public policies for the North and in freshwater management, The Gordon Foundation has a track record of taking action through collaboration. Foundations of its activities include independent thought, protecting the environment, and the full participation of Indigenous Peoples in decisions affecting their communities. Youth-centered programming includes Understanding our Treaties, treaty simulations and education; the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship, a policy and leadership development program recognizing leadership potential among young northern Canadians; and Northern Policy Hackathons, events that bring together northerners to discuss policy issues and create tangible, actionable solutions.
The primary aim of the Saami Council is the promotion of Saami rights and interests in the four countries where the Saami are living. A flagship youth program, the EU-Sámi Youth Idea Lab, aims to raise awareness among Sámi Youth about EU policies and give youth the chance to engage actively and participate in finding solutions to making their voices heard in the EU.
Academics with any of the UArctic member state universities
The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a network of universities, colleges, research institutes, and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the North. UArctic is a decentralized organization, with offices, programs and other functions hosted at member institutions in the Circumpolar North. A notable program is the north2north exchange program, which provides students of partner universities the opportunity to study in different parts of the North.
Young change-makers with an interest in sustinability
UNLEASH enables young people to create solutions, become leaders, and drive networks to help reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNLEASH's first Regional Innovation Lab was held in Nuuk, Greenland, between the 20th and 27th of August 2022. The Lab gathered 200 young people (18-35 years) from the Arctic and Nordic countries to develop innovative solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Youth with connections to the Beaufort Delta region of the Northwest Territories
The Western Arctic Youth Collective (WAYC) empowers youth to be changemakers by providing a platform of youth-led collaborative initiatives and partnerships in their communities. Offerings are centered around cultural learning, mental health, and youth empowerment
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF)'s vision is to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature. WWF Canada's flagship youth program, the Eco-Leadership Journey supports Canadian youth between 18 and 30 committed to the environment in carrying out a project with significant environmental impact. WWF Canada supports many habitats, including the Arctic.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF)'s vision is to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature. WWF Finland hosts the WWF Youth Program, where youth volunteers are involved in ideating, planning and implementing projects related to sustainable food consumption.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF)'s vision is to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature. WWF Russia supports many habitats, including the Arctic.
World Wildlife Fund - Sweden
All people, focus in Sweden
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF)'s vision is to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature. WWF Sweden hosts the WWF Arctic Programme, which advocates for climate change mitigation in the Arctic, and the WWF Sweden Youth Program, which is a leadership training program for the sustainability leaders of today and tomorrow.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF)'s vision is to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature. To deliver this mission, the WWF works to conserve and restore biodiversity, the web that supports all life on Earth; to reduce humanity’s environmental footprint; and to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources to support current and future generations. The WWF supports many habitats, including the Arctic. The Panda Ambassador Program, for US Citizens over 18 years of age, is the ultimate next level of engagement for those committed to saving wildlife and the environment while supporting WWF.
Youth between the ages of 16-35 in all 14 Nunavik communities
YES Nunavik provides employment services, projects, informations and resources for youth to make informed decisions about their education, training and careers in order to become contributing members of their communities.
Whitehorse, YK, Canada
Yukoners who are innovators, freelancers, startups, developers, students, inventors, creatives, and more
Yukonstruct is a non-profit society operating a makerspace and coworking space in downtown Whitehorse, as well as offering services to help Yukon entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
Originally known as YWCA Yellowknife, the organization was founded in 1966 to provide housing for single working women. Since then, the YWCA has offered a variety of services to women, girls and families in Yellowknife and beyond. Housing is still a key component of the YWCA mandate, along with shelter from family violence, afterschool care for children and empowerment programs. In 2017, YWCA Yellowknife became YWCA NWT - a name change reflecting the broader services and reach across the territory.
Since 1999 the Youth Of Today Society has been working with high risk youth developing youth programs focused in the arts. Its drop-in space, Ogilvie Street Creative House is a youth media, arts, and sound facility. It includes creative stations and 2 creative studios for youth to develop podcasts, music and more. It supports youth ages 18-30 in music recording during drop-in hours, provides classes and workshops for youth ages 14-18, and provides a meeting space for youth-serving groups.
Yukon Child & Youth Advocacy Office
Whitehorse, YK, Canada
Youth who are: under 19 years of age under the Child and Family Services Act and Youth Criminal Justice Act, under 21 years of age under the Education Act, or between the ages of 19 and 23 that are eligible or receiving services under section 17 and 18 of the Child and Family Services Act.
The Yukon Child & Youth Advocacy office commits to upholding the rights and amplifying the voices of children and youth throughout the Yukon. The Advocate Office is an independent office of the Yukon Legislative Assembly that represents the rights, views and preferences of children and youth who are eligible, or currently receiving government services and programs
Nunavik community members and organizations working with youth development, violence prevention, and suicide prevention
TLS Nunavik offers workshops on mindfulness and stress resilience for organizations working with youth development, violence prevention, and suicide prevention. Its Transformative Life Skills training has been successful with youth and adults to lower levels of perceived stress and heighten levels of self- control, school engagement, emotional awareness, distress tolerance, and more.
North Star Group
Anchorage, AK, United States
Professionals in Northern sustainable development
North Star Group (NSG) navigates complex social challenges related to resource development and community self-governance across Alaska, the Arctic, and beyond. Through respectful, mutually supportive relationships founded upon collaboration, the NSG global network of professionals guide business, government, and organizations toward socially responsible and economically sustainable goals. NSG team members are based in Anchorage, Alaska, Washington, D.C., and Paris, France, with global partner organizations across the world. One of its major programs for youth is the Arctic Resilient Communities Youth Fellowship (ARC-YF).
Katimavik’s mission is to develop diverse youth as engaged, caring citizens and capable contributors and leaders for a better Canada. Katimavik collaborates with other organizations to foster understanding, respect and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and with Canada’s other diverse cultures, regions and the environment.
With a Global network of diverse partners Hearts in the Ice is a platform that inspires, connects, educates, and ignites action on pressing climate change issues. For youth, Hearts in the Ice offers a number of educational workshop on climate change issues.
The Arctic Children and Youth Foundation (ACYF) is one of the only charities located in Nunavut serving Northern children and youth. It has created a strong network of partnerships with Inuit organizations, government departments and other community organizations. It offers regular mental health and arts programming for Nunavut children and youth.
Yellowknife, NT, Canada
The Young Leaders' Summit on Northern Climate Change (the "Summit") is an opportunity for youth, aged 18 to 30, to come together and discuss climate change mitigation and adaptation in northern Canada. Participants will learn about various impacts and actions from Elders, researchers, land-users, policy makers, and other climate leaders. This is also a great opportunity to connect with others from across the north!
Natur og Ungdom (Nature & Youth) Norway
Youth in Norway
A youth organization that works on environmental and social justice issues, including climate change, biodiversity loss, and Indigenous rights. They organize campaigns, workshops, and events for young people.
A youth-led organization that advocates for global justice and human rights issues, such as climate change, poverty, and migration. They organize campaigns, events, and educational programs for young people.
Young Entrepreneurs of Norway
A network that supports young people who are interested in entrepreneurship and business development. They offer mentorship, training, and networking opportunities for young entrepreneurs.
A youth-led organization that works on issues related to sustainable food production and consumption, including climate change, food waste, and biodiversity loss. They organize campaigns, events, and educational programs for young people.
Mental Helse Ungdom
A youth organization that works to promote mental health and reduce stigma related to mental illness. They organize workshops, campaigns, and events for young people.