Building bridges, creating change.
The Sitka Youth Leadership Committee (SYLC) is a
group of youth leaders based in Sitka, Alaska.
We are dedicated to building bridges and promoting
respect across cliques, schools, and communities.
Become a Peer Educator!
Are you a teen interested in presenting to your peers about healthy and unhealthy relationships in our schools and community? Become a Peer Educator! You'll develop leadership skills while promoting respect, equity, and healthy relationships. Note that you do not need to be a SYLC member to be a Peer Educator. The deadline to apply is January 17, 2022.
SYLC meets weekly on Wednesday evenings to work on projects aimed at building bridges across different groups in our community, celebrating diversity, and promoting respect and nonviolence. We are currently looking for new members. If you or someone you know is a teen who cares about building an empowering and healthy community for all Sitkans, click below to apply!
To ensure SYLC is representative of our community, we strive to include a diversity of voices in our group and aim for a balance of students from all the high schools in Sitka as well as the middle school. We welcome any applicants who are passionate about improving Sitka’s community and being leaders, and reserve space for local Sitkans, specificaly tribal citizens who are interested in this opportunity.
SYLC's recent campaigns:
SYLC's "Mold Your Masculinity" campaign is focused on unhealthy masculinity and the harms that come with it. Our goal is to help men rise to create their own healthy masculinity by educating youth and adults in Sitka on the harms of the man box–a set of societal beliefs that pressure men to be a certain way. To learn more about these rigid expectations that increase risk of harm to self and others, click the "Mold Your Masculinity" button above!
Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome. Promoting equity can exist in many different forms- it can be calling out injustices, working on allyship, and understanding how to use your societal power for good. Click the "equity campaign" button above to learn more!
SYLC is committed to promoting equity and diversity. We want to hear from you! We believe that by sharing vulnerable stories, not only can we highlight the diversity that Sitka has to offer, we can build more connections, empathy, and positive relationships among Sitkans. To participate, make a postcard to give the community a glimpse of your story/experience! Submissions may appear on SYLC social media and will remain anonymous. Click the "Share More: the Postcard Project" button above to view postcards and submit your own.
SYLC's “Healthy Me, Healthy We” campaign focuses on promoting healthy relationships and education about dating violence. SYLC is committed to educating our peers about the red flags or warning signs of unhealthy and abusive relationships and their rights and responsibilities in every relationship. Click the "teen dating violence awareness" button above to learn more.