Aidan Hellen, 2018-2019 Sealaska Board Youth Advisor

“I have always felt that I could best serve my people by pursuing a career that would help build the infrastructure for a healthy community. This position will help build the skills in project management that I hope to use someday to help my fellow Tlingit people.”

Aidan Hellen was selected to serve as the 2018-2019 Board Youth Advisor. Aidan is a current Stanford University student, studying civil engineering. He graduated from West Anchorage High School and has received the Sealaska scholarship award since 2014. Aidan is Tlingit, Yeil (raven), Ganaxteidi, (yaa hit) Whale House, and his Native name is Yadakla.



Sealaska Board Youth Advisor 


The Sealaska board youth advisor position sits on the board of directors for a one-year term. She or he works alongside board members, attends board meetings and gives input while positively advocating for her or his generation. The chosen individual is between the ages of 18 to 25, holds at least one share of Sealaska stock and has two years of college, comparable work or military experience.  She or he will need to travel to Juneau, Alaska when needed.

After being chosen for the position, the board youth advisor’s main task is to voice his or her opinions and perspectives during board meetings. In addition to voicing their opinions, they also gain the experience of being on a board while gaining knowledge about Sealaska and its operations. The board youth advisor also represents Sealaska at events geared toward youth.

With that being said, the position brings much more than just a title. It allows for networking experiences while also establishing a positive role model for the younger generation to look up to. This position allows the advisor to build and craft their own skills that they will use in their future endeavors.

Previous Board Youth Advisors:
2009-10: Megan Gregory
2010-11: Barbara Blake
2011-12: Ralph Wolfe
2012-13: Madeline Soboleff-Levy
2013-14: Alysha Guthrie
2014-15: Alyssa London
2015-16: Barbara Dude
2016-17: David Russell-Jensen
2017-18: Nicole George
2018-19: Aidan Hellen
2019-20: YOU?
Application Requirements:
  1. Be at least 18 years of age but not older than 25 years of age upon date of submission.
  2. Be a holder of at least one share of Sealaska Class A, B or C settlement common stock and/or Class D Descendants’ Life Estate Stock of the Corporation.
  3. Have completed a minimum of 2 years of college at an accredited community college, junior college, or university; or 2 years of comparable work experience; or two years of military service.
  4. Complete application by March 21, 2019.