Pathway 2: Youth Engagement

Empower youth leaders to impact their school climates through initiatives that promote values to respect, equality and non-violence.

Juneau’s Violence Prevention Coalition partners with school administration and staff as well as teen leaders to identify and recommend comprehensive school programming and policies to promote a school climate of teen wellness and non-violence. This may include curricula and policy recommendations promoting respect and equality.

Teen leaders participating in JVPC initiatives also develop positive media messages about youth as change agents, leaders, and advocates promoting teen wellness and respect.

Stand Up Speak Up Alaska

Stand Up Speak Up Alaska is focused on creating new relationship norms in our state. Youth reach out to their peers by creating public service announcements focused on respect and ending violence and by carrying out projects in their communities.

Lead On! For Peace & Equality

Lead on! For Peace and Equality is a community leadership summit for youth leaders ages 13-18 and community partners across Alaska.

Participants come together to develop leadership skills for promoting peace, equality and respect that can be used in their home communities.

Lead On! youth inspire, plan and organize with other youth and adults to work on projects that promote non-violence and equality in their communities.

Sources of Strength

Sources of Strength is a national evidence-based program that is being adapted locally to holistically prevent teen dating violence, substance use, bullying, and suicide among high school and middle school students.

Juneau’s Violence Prevention Coalition has partnered with Juneau’s Suicide Prevention Coalition to implement Sources of Strength in all three high schools and one middle school.

Sources of Strength Peer Leaders build meaningful relationships with trained Adult Advisors and other teens to promote respect, equality, and nonviolence. Through social norms campaigns, social networking and peer-to-peer influence leaders will positively impact school climate and peer connectedness.

REBOUND

REBOUND is an outdoor leadership trip for youth in Southeast Alaska.

The kayak trip curriculum addresses respect, personal boundaries and healthy relationships, communication, advocacy and social change.

Juneau Teen Council

The mission of the Juneau Teen Council is to empower teenagers to educate their peers, families and communities about human sexuality and healthy decision making. The program inspires teens to use their voices to advocate for just and humane sexual attitudes and policies.

Juneau Teen Council members meet weekly to receive training on accurate, nonjudgmental and unbiased sexuality information, which they then present to their peers and other members of their communities.