LEAD ON! 2012!
Between November 10-12, teens and adults from 32 communities in Alaska, came together in Anchorage, Alaska to create change in their communities. Youth and adults from Anchorage, Adak, Angoon, Atmautluak, Bethel, Chevak, Copper Center, Cordova, Dillingham, Gustavus, Hydaberg, Juneau, Kake, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Kotlik, Napaskiak, Noatak, New Stuyahok, Petersburg, Shungnak, Selawick, Sandpoint, Sitka, St. Paul, Tenakee Spring, Togiak, and Wasilla, gathered at the Embassy Suites to gain leadership skills and create change in their communities.
National and local speakers engaged youth leaders from all regions of the state through presentations discussing various topics, including healthy relationships, non-violence, leadership, positive choices and community involvement. While there were over 120 participants total (both youth and adults), they were divided into smaller breakout sessions, and presentations engaged participants through interactive workshops. Examples of this year’s workshops include “The Storyteller’s Journey”, “What are Ism’s and How Do They Affect Me?”, “Native Youth Games”, “Art for Social Change Leaders” and “Communication Across Cultures”.
Additionally, youth were fully involved in planning the conference, and at least a third of work shops were youth led. Youth led presentations included “How to Start Your Own Leadership Program”, “Plan and See”, “Outdoor Leadership”, and “Let’s Talk About It: Teens Speak Out About Healthy Relationships”. Youth also created plans to change their own communities, by planning projects with their peers around topics they cared about.
Check out this video created by Lead On! 2012 youth participants!!!
To join the Lead On movement, and find out how to apply for this conference for 2013, check out the Lead On Facebook page. Applications will be accepted in early spring. For more information contact email@example.com.