Leadership & Staff

Alaska Youth Advocates is effective through our strong staff and board partnerships. While there is a hierarchy structure, Alaska Youth Advocates’ core values of Empowerment, A Voice and Connections are extended throughout the agency. From our youngest, or most recent, Peer Outreach Workers to our Program Manager everyone brings life experience, education, passion and perspective to strengthen Alaska Youth Advocates and fulfill our mission. There is an array of experienced professionals to help the youth of our community to lead productive lives.

Meet the Staff

Seina Bell, Program Manager

Hello, I’m Seina. I have been working closely with Alaska Youth Advocates as the Program Manager for Alaska Seeds of Change since 2015, and in 2018 I took over management of AYA and the POWER Teen Center. I was born and raised in Alaska and have been working with teens and young adults here since 2011. I love to help people navigate the choices and opportunities which lead into adulthood, and I learn a lot about how to be a functional adult myself!  I always strive for growth, so if you have any feedback, suggestions, or questions please email me. 




Ivory Dickinson, Peer Outreach Worker

Hi, my name is Ivory and I am a Peer Outreach Worker. I enjoy meeting new people and putting a smile on people’s faces! I look forward to meeting you.






Quavon Bracken, Peer Outreach Worker

My name is Quavon Bracken and I have been a Peer Outreach Worker with AYA since 2014. My favorite part of my job is knowing that our program makes a positive impact on the lives of youth that come into center. Even if the encounter seems small, it can be big to them.










Drake “Mr. Kool” King, Peer Outreach Worker

Hi, My name is Drake. I’m a new Peer Outreach Worker. I’ve worked with AYA since March 2017. I like working here because I like helping people out.












Sarah Chen, Peer Outreach Worker

My name is Sarah Chen and I am a senior at West High and my favorite subject is government. I really like my job because I get to directly help people in my community. In my free time, I enjoy hiking the Alaskan wilderness, movie nights, and Debate!










Courtney Ledford, Peer Outreach Worker

Hello, my name is Courtney Ledford and I have been working with Alaska Youth Advocates since November of 2017. Working with AYA has shown me that there are a lot of awesome people and resources within the community, and I have enjoyed every aspect of it. I am a full-time student at UAA and in my free time, I love to be outdoors.