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Conference of Young Alaskans Now Accepting Applications


Applications are now available for the opportunity of a lifetime: a seat at the 2012 Conference of Young Alaskans. The three-day event is hosted by the Institute of the North and connects individuals from around the state to discuss Alaska’s rich history, vibrant present and thriving future.

“I met amazing young leaders from across the state at this life-changing event," said Terin Porter, Conference of Young Alaskans steering committee chair. "I honestly believe my first Conference of Young Alaskans experience increased my dedication to Alaska. It inspired me to help develop young leaders in our state and enabled me to see that Alaskans who may be completely different truly can work together as a respectful statewide community.”

This year’s conference is Jan. 4-7 in Juneau's Centennial Hall and open to Alaskans aged 16-25. The 55-member conference is modeled after the original Alaska Constitutional Convention of 1955.

This is the third Conference of Young Alaskans. The first was in 2006 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The second, in 2009, was held at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood. Attendees came from the urban hubs of Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau, rural centers such as Kotzebue, Barrow and Bethel and also smaller villages such as Mountain Village and Igiagig.

"For me, the Conference of Young Alaskans was my first opportunity to interact with peers who were equally – if not more – concerned for the future. It was a chance to have a serious discussion about big issues in Alaska," said Courtney Enright, a 2009 attendee and Conference of Young Alaskans steering committee member.

The deadline for applying to attend the conference is Oct. 16. Applications are available online at http://youngalaskans.org.

The Institute of the North is a nonprofit organization founded by former Gov. Walter J. Hickel in 1994. Its mission focuses on understanding the reality, the richness and the responsibility of the North.

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