OUR VISION

The vision of the Arctic Youth Network is an inclusive world where aspiring leaders have equitable access to resources to advance change in their own way on Arctic issues.

OUR MISSION

The Arctic Youth Network provides a platform that connects young change-makers from different backgrounds and enables them to build their leadership capacity. The AYN amplifies youth voices to address Arctic issues through learning, collaboration, and action.

YOUTH HAVE ONE SHOT
And We are Taking Action

Video courtesy of the Arctic Youth Summit

Who's steering the ship?

Learn about our Board of Directors​

Sebastien Molgat

Chair
Canada

Read about Sebastien

Sebastien is a student of Political Science at Queen’s University with particular focus on the Canadian north. He has worked in media for Parks Canada promoting nature and culture from coast to coast as well as volunteered with various cultural, health, and northern organizations. He has a passion for storytelling and aims to promote the personal side of the issues of today.

Tasha Elizarde

Vice-Chair
Alaska

Read about Tasha

Tasha is a strong advocate for positive social change from Juneau, Alaska. She was a 2017 - 2019 Arctic Youth Ambassador and is involved in several Alaskan political advocacy organizations focused on health care and the environment. Tasha is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Mount Holyoke College, studying the intersection of public policy and business. In her free time, Tasha enjoys freelance writing, crafting music on the ukulele, and finding the best hiking and swimming spots around the world.

Eva Wu

Education Director
Canada

Read about Eva

Eva is passionate about the Arctic, global environments, and creating social change. She has worked for Parks Canada as one of two national youth ambassadors and co-founded North in Focus, a mental health charity. She completed her HBSc. Environment degree at McGill University and currently is a consultant at Deloitte.

Ben Hunter Francis II

Secretary
Alaska

Read about Ben

Benjamin enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hunting/fishing, hiking, and berry picking. He is currently studying Building Construction Technology at the Alaska Job Corps Center in Palmer, Alaska and plans to attend their Advanced Career Training College program after completing his current studies. He was an Arctic Youth Ambassador and has attended conferences involving Arctic policy and visions and goals for the Arctic.

Alliana Sallanguit

Strategy Director
Alaska

Read about Alliana

Alliana pursued a degree in Economics with minors in Mathematics, Political Science, and French at the University of Anchorage-Alaska. Alliana has participated in multiple Model Arctic Councils and student forums. She also interned for the Municipality of Anchorage under the Mayor’s Office and now works as legislative staff for a state representative. She hopes to pursue a career in economic policy analysis and address income inequality and sustainable development.

Ekaterina Novikova

Communications Director
Russia

Read about Ekaterina

Ekaterina is interested in global environmental changes, the Arctic, sustainable territory management, and water conflicts. She has worked for organizations such as Environmental club MGIMO GOES GREEN, the Russian Carbon Fund, SDSN Russia, and Evercity. Catherine attended the Moscow Model Arctic Council and received a scholarship from the International Week of Young Scientists in Paris. She holds an Environment degree from MGIMO University and is now a junior researcher at the Institute of Geography of the RAS.

Sebastien Molgat

Chair
Canada

Read about Sebastien

Sebastien is a student of Political Science at Queen’s University with particular focus on the Canadian north. He has worked in media for Parks Canada promoting nature and culture from coast to coast as well as volunteered with various cultural, health, and northern organizations. He has a passion for storytelling and aims to promote the personal side of the issues of today.

Tasha Elizarde

Vice-Chair
Alaska

Read about Tasha

Tasha is a strong advocate for positive social change from Juneau, Alaska. She was a 2017 - 2019 Arctic Youth Ambassador and is involved in several Alaskan political advocacy organizations focused on health care and the environment. Tasha is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Mount Holyoke College, studying the intersection of public policy and business. In her free time, Tasha enjoys freelance writing, crafting music on the ukulele, and finding the best hiking and swimming spots around the world.

Eva Wu

Education Director
Canada

Read about Eva

Eva is passionate about the Arctic, global environments, and creating social change. She has worked for Parks Canada as one of two national youth ambassadors and co-founded North in Focus, a mental health charity. She completed her HBSc. Environment degree at McGill University and currently is a consultant at Deloitte.

Ben Hunter Francis II

Secretary
Alaska

Read about Ben

Benjamin enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hunting/fishing, hiking, and berry picking. He is currently studying Building Construction Technology at the Alaska Job Corps Center in Palmer, Alaska and plans to attend their Advanced Career Training College program after completing his current studies. He was an Arctic Youth Ambassador and has attended conferences involving Arctic policy and visions and goals for the Arctic.

Alliana Sallanguit

Strategy Director
Alaska

Read about Alliana

Alliana pursued a degree in Economics with minors in Mathematics, Political Science, and French at the University of Anchorage-Alaska. Alliana has participated in multiple Model Arctic Councils and student forums. She also interned for the Municipality of Anchorage under the Mayor’s Office and now works as legislative staff for a state representative. She hopes to pursue a career in economic policy analysis and address income inequality and sustainable development.

Ekaterina Novikova

Communications Director
Russia

Read about Ekaterina

Ekaterina is interested in global environmental changes, the Arctic, sustainable territory management, and water conflicts. She has worked for organizations such as Environmental club MGIMO GOES GREEN, the Russian Carbon Fund, SDSN Russia, and Evercity. Catherine attended the Moscow Model Arctic Council and received a scholarship from the International Week of Young Scientists in Paris. She holds an Environment degree from MGIMO University and is now a junior researcher at the Institute of Geography of the RAS.

AYN in the Future

We are still working to grow the Network and every meeting, partnership, and project brings us closer to our vision of the future… 

We hope you’ll consider joining the Network as a member or collaborator. Please let us know your thoughts and how we can work together.