Volunteer at Alaska Business Week

Alaska Business Week (ABW) is a one-week summer program for Alaska high school students. The program teaches participants basic principles of private sector business and important leadership skills they will need for their post high school plans. The program depends on volunteers from the business community to be a success. Participate as a company advisor, judge or a speaker and help mold the future leaders of Alaska.

Company Advisors

July 16-22, 2016

Company Advisors (CA) mentor a team of participants during the week program. A CA’s role is to help motivate their team to get involved in the program’s activities by asking engaging questions, empowering students to make decisions and sharing their own real world experience.

Committing to being a CA is time intensive but is extremely rewarding. Most people who participate as a CA come back for multiple years because you get to see participants grow and get excited about their future. CAs are key to the ABW program, as the mentorship they provide their team is irreplaceable.

Judges

July 22, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - Noon)

A great opportunity for those who cannot commit a week away to be a CA but want to get involved in the program is to be a judge.

Judges participate in two end of the week activities, the Stockholder Presentations and Trade Show. In the Stockholder Presentation, the judges act as shareholders and each company (team of participants) presents their financial standings from the business simulation they competed in. The second activity, the Trade Show, judges are investors and the participants try to convince the judges to invest in the product their company created.

Speak

July 18-21, 2016

Throughout the program we look for professionals to deliver keynote addresses to our participants about different topics related to all aspects of business and leadership. Presentations are approximately 50 minutes in length and placed strategically each day.