AYC 2025
AYC 2025 © ACS

Empowering Youth in Arctic Futures

The inaugural Arctic Youth Conference (AYC), under the Norwegian Chairship of the Arctic Council (2023-2025), is a platform for Arctic youth to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the rapidly changing Arctic region. Born out of the Chairship's commitment to youth empowerment, the AYC is designed to break away from tokenism, ensuring the involvement of Arctic youth in shaping and executing the conference.

Conference topics

  • Youth Leadership in the Arctic
  • Preservation of Indigenous Culture and Identity
  • Young Researchers and Knowledge Holders in Arctic Science: Co-development of Knowledge
  • Preparedness and Resilience
  • Mental Wellbeing

When: 24-26 January 2025

Where: Tromsø, Norway

What: The first Arctic Council Chairship conference for youth by youth

Why: Empower youth as part of the official program of the Norwegian Chairship of the Arctic Council (2023-2025).

Objectives: The Arctic Youth Conference aims to empower Arctic youth, enhance their participation, increase Arctic literacy, celebrate diversity, and serve as a platform to realize Chairship priorities. It also seeks to shape actionable recommendations that contribute to the broader Arctic Council agenda.

Target Audience: The Arctic Youth Conference welcomes a diverse audience, placing particular emphasis on engaging Arctic youth, young professionals, students, and Indigenous knowledge holders. The Arctic Youth Conference primarily welcomes participants aged 18-30, with 18 as the minimum age and 30 as a flexible guideline. We aim to foster inter-generational dialogue, encouraging engagement between young leaders and senior officials and experts.

Combining Circumpolar and Local Realities: Envisioned with a focus on circumpolar and local levels of the Arctic region, drawing on regional relevance and local expertise. This ensures a comprehensive exploration of issues resonating among Arctic youth.

What's in it for You?

A unique opportunity to take part in the first Arctic Youth Conference bringing together youth from the Arctic and beyond to shape the future, influence policy, and build lasting connections for a sustainable Arctic.

  • Connect: Network with Arctic youth and Arctic Council delegates/officials
  • Develop: Enhance your skills in advocacy and leadership
  • Engage: Experience diverse cultures and perspectives that make up the Arctic.

Registration

(coming soon)

Program

(coming soon)

Information on registration, hotels and logistics, funding opportunities, and a preliminary program is forthcoming.

The Norwegian Chairship's Youth Committee

The Arctic Youth Conference is guided by a Chairship Youth Committee comprising youth representatives from Permanent Participants, leading Arctic youth groups, and regional youth councils. This committee strategically oversees the planning and execution of the conference, choosing conference topics and themes and ensuring it remains a youth-driven initiative at its core.

Meet the committee!

Click here to read their full bios.


© Geneviève Degré-Timmons

Ms. Geneviève Degré-Timmons

Position: PhD Candidate, Université Laval
Representing: Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)
Bio: Canada
Geneviève Degré-Timmons is a mature PhD candidate at Université Laval and the Chair of the Association of Polar Early-Career Scientist Canada (APECS Canada). After more than 6 years following the completion of her B.Sc. in biology at University du Québec à Rimouski, she returned to graduate school to continue learning from different knowledge systems and expand her knowledge in wildlife conservation, particularly for species-at-risk of cultural importance. Initially, she started as a M.Sc. student in Forest Sciences (Université Laval) and eventually decided to roll up into a PhD.


© Lauryn Maiyu Jones

Ms. Lauryn Maiyu Jones

Position: Student, Board of Directors Arctic Youth Network
Representing: Arctic Youth Network
Bio: Alaska (US)
Maiyuraq Lauryn Nanouk Jones is Inupiaq from the people of Unalakleet, Alaska. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Arctic Youth Network and apart of the 2023-2024 Cohort of Arctic Youth Ambassador Program. Maiyu is a current student at Western Washington University getting her Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis on Freshwater and Terrestial Ecology and two certificates in Ecological Restoration and Salmon Habitat Restoration.


© Clara Johanne Storgaard Madsen

Clara Johanne Storgaard Madsen

Position: Head of Section in the Research Administration, Naalakkersuisut (Government of Greenland)
Representing: Kingdom of Denmark (Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat))
Bio: Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat)
My name is Clara Johanne Storgaard Madsen, and I am a 27-year-old born and raised Nuummioq. Throughout my life, I have resided in both Kalaallit Nunaat and Denmark, with a significant portion of my lifetime spent in Kalaallit Nunaat. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Cultural and Social History from Ilisimatusarfik - University of Greenland, and I have recently submitted my master’s thesis in the same field. Currently, I work as Head of Section in the Research Administration at Naalakkersuisut – Government of Greenland.


© Kassandra Eleni Bredrup Petsa

Ms. Kassandra Eleni Bredrup Petsa

Position: Teacher, member of Youth Regional Network
Representing: Nordland County Youth Council
Bio: Norway
Kassandra was elected County Councillor in Nordland in 2019, and has been representing the Progress Party since 2014. Kassandra has been actively involved in School elections over the years as young politicians, strongly believing in that as a representant from a youth party she will be able to encourage youth to be more involved in politics. The School Election Project is a project started in 1989 that co-ordinates mock high school elections in Norway in connection with national and local elections in Norway.


© Piera Heaika Muotka / Saami Council

Mr. Julius Mihkal Eriksen Lindi

Position: Project Advisor in Saami Council’s Arctic and Environmental Unit
Representing: Saami Council
Bio: Norway
Julius Mihkkal Eriksen Lindi is a Project Advisor in the Arctic and Environmental Unit of the Saami Council. He is 26 years old and has deep roots in his hometown Kárášjohka - Karasjok, Norway. His work is currently centred on elevating Sámi peoples' involvement in the Indigenous Peoples' Contaminant Action Program as well as assessment and evaluation work for climate intervention technologies in UArctic’s Frozen Arctic Conservation project. He also has since 2020 been active in the nationwide Sámi Youth organization in Norway, Noereh, currently being the chair of the board.


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Ms. Beatrice Bucht

Position: Project Manager, Nordic Association, Sweden
Representing: Sweden


© Parahini Parabaran

Ms. Parahini Parabaran

Position: Student & leader of Troms County Youth Council
Representing: Troms County Youth Council
Bio: Norway
Parahini is a unique advocate for youth participation and Arctic sustainability in Northern Norway, and with a longstanding commitment to these causes, she has established herself as the face of Northern Norway's youth. Since the tender age of 13, Parahini has been actively involved in initiatives aimed at addressing Arctic challenges. Her first youth advocacy campaign took place in 2018, when she collaborated with politicians in her municipality of Karlsøy to create a local youth council. Later, in 2020, her work was acknowledged by Norwegian youth when she was elected into Troms and Finnmark Youth County Council, eventually to be elected as leader. In her capacity as leader of the regional youth council, Parahini has led the way for countless youth councils in Norway.


© Viljo Aapeli Vuorimäki

Mr. Viljo Aapeli Vuorimäki

Position: Student at University of Lapland
Representing: University of the Arctic (UArctic)
Bio: Finland
Having been born in France and having lived in a multicultural environment in Belgium Bryssels for 17 years and moving to Rovaniemi to start my studies of political sciences, my interest towards the arctic and international relations has only been growing. I have been an active member of the university community by joining the student union's executive board to handle internationality and responsibility in my first year of studies. My knowledge towards international affairs is vast and I believe I can bring valuable input into the decision making in the Arctic.


© Sara Elvira Kuhmunen

Ms. Sara Elvira Kuhmunen

Representing: World Reindeer Herders

Contact

Jens Toft
Project Coordinator
Arctic Council Secretariat

Email: Jens.toft@arctic-council.org