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The Anchorage Youth Development Coalition is a group of over 60 youth serving organizations and interested individuals that are committed to the AYDC Vision and Mission.
In 2000, over forty key youth providers envisioned and created a coalition based on the concepts of positive youth development. In 2003, AYDC became a formal coalition and hired a trainer to provide workshops and assistance to local organizations. United Way of Anchorage became AYDC’s fiscal agent and collaborator with numerous projects including Anchorage United for Youth and 90% by 2020. In 2015, AYDC merged with Alaska Injury Prevention Center (AIPC). AYDC is a part of Anchorage Collaborative Coalitions and the 90% by 2020 Partnership, among other active affiliations.
All of Anchorage’s youth thrive.
The Anchorage Youth Development Coalition promotes and integrates strength based strategies through advocacy, resources, networking, and training to ensure that all Anchorage youth thrive.
Advance positive youth development.
We focus on individual, family, and community strengths and potential, this includes increasing protective factors and developmental assets.
Data is driving factor in our decisions. Our priorities and actions are informed by and focused on producing measurable results and effective solutions.
To help create a community where youth can thrive, we network and build relationships that improve informal and formal support systems for youth through meaningful community participation and the sharing of ideas and resources. “We do together what we cannot do alone.”
We are committed to building a coalition that welcomes and celebrates diverse perspectives, individuals and organizations. We value and seek to involve youth in the coalition and community.
Lindsey Hajduk began serving as the Director of the Anchorage Youth Development Coalition (AYDC) in July of 2016. Prior to serving the AYDC coalition, Lindsey focused her career in environmental conservation policy and community organizing. Lindsey worked with rural Alaska communities to influence policy and land management impacting local subsistence resources as the Alaska Director with the Conservation Lands Foundation. Lindsey also oversaw statewide and national grassroots campaigns as the Sierra Club’s Alaska Representative. Lindsey continues to serve as a volunteer board president for Bike Anchorage, a local bicycle advocacy organization. In her free time, Lindsey loves riding her bike, kayaking and hiking throughout Alaska, and playing in a marimba band.
Ciara Johnson is the AYDC team Project Manager! She brings experience as a youth worker, facilitator, and project manager from her previous roles at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, The Student Conservation Association, Heifer International, and Caring for Cambodia.
She received her Master’s degree in Globalization and Educational Change from Lehigh University. Ciara has a passion for building strong, connected communities where youth can thrive.
Bio coming soon!
- Krystal Kompkoff – Alaska Job Corps
- Kortnee Carmack – Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.
- Carlette Mack – Covenant House Alaska
- Kate O’Brien – Foraker Group
- Kris Pitts – Alaska C.A.R.E.S. (Providence)
- Ruth Schoenleben (Chair) – Nine Star Education & Employment Services
- Joe Zawodny – Anchorage School District – Secondary Education
- Marcia Howell, ex officio – Alaska Injury Prevention Center
- Becky Judd, emeritus – Consultant
- Michael Kerosky, ex officio – ASD Safe & Drug Free Schools (retired)