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Anchorage Youth Development Coalition

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About Us

Anchorage Youth Development CoalitionAYDC supports youth-serving organizations through advocacy, resources, networking, and training so all Anchorage youth thrive. We are a broad and inclusive coalition of over 60 youth-serving organizations, businesses, and individuals working together to create shared community practices around professional youth work.

AYDC formed in 2000 when over forty key youth providers came together around positive youth development. We became a formal coalition in 2003 with United Way of Anchorage as a fiscal sponsor. In 2015, AYDC merged into the Alaska Injury Prevention Center.

Our Vision

All of Anchorage’s youth thrive.

Our Mission

The Anchorage Youth Development Coalition promotes and integrates strength based strategies through advocacy, resources, networking, and training to ensure that all Anchorage youth thrive.

Our Purpose

Advance positive youth development.

Our Values


We focus on individual, family, and community strengths and potential, this includes increasing protective factors and developmental assets.

Data Driven

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

Lindsey Hajduk


Contact Lindsey

Phone: 907-562-4184

About Lindsey

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

Ciara Johnson

Projects Director

Contact Ciara

Phone: 907-562-4186

About Ciara

Ciara Johnson is the AYDC team Projects Director.  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 is committed to building strong, connected communities where youth can thrive.

Julie Albert

Julie Albert

Programs Coordinator

Contact Julie

Phone: 907-562-4188

About Julie

Julie is a new addition to the AYDC team, having just started in March 2018. Prior to beginning her role as Programs Coordinator, Julie gained valuable experience in community outreach and engagement working within the sustainability and green energy sector, and spent the past several years focused on promoting the importance of intercultural understanding and interdependence through foreign exchange. An East Coast native, Julie first came to Alaska as a Jesuit volunteer, serving elders in the Bethel community. In her free time, Julie can be found cooking new dishes and hiking around with her dog.

Leadership Team

AYDC’s governing body, the Leadership Team, is a diverse group of community volunteers. The Leadership Team members individually and jointly work to further the vision, mission, and values of AYDC. They provide guidance to the coalition and its strategic direction.

The Leadership Team lends expertise to AYDC staff with organizational management, fundraising, marketing, and more. They are vibrant, talented and passionate. If you are interested in serving on the AYDC Leadership Team, please contact

  • Krystal Kompkoff (Chair) – Alaska Job Corps
  • Gena Graves – Covenant House Alaska
  • Ruth Schoenleben (Vice Chair) – Nine Star Education & Employment Services
  • Joe Zawodny – Anchorage School District – Secondary Education
  • Lee Post, Division of Juvenile Justice
  • Chrystle Tebo, Boys and Girls Club of Alaska
  • Becky Judd, emeritus – Consultant
  • Michael Kerosky, ex officio – CITC PFS Grant Manager

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