Leadership conference brings Alaska's youth together

    
 

Tuesday, Jan 10 2012 1:31PM

The Conference of Young Alaskans recently brought together many of the state's younger residents to discuss local issues.

The Conference of Young Alaskans recently brought together many of the state's younger residents to discuss local issues.

The Conference of Young Alaskans, which took place from January 4 - 7, brought together more than 50 delegates between the ages of 16 and 25 to discuss issues facing the state.

Some of the conference's themes included "Economic Resilience and Fiscal Policy," "Energy and Power" and "Natural Resources and the Environment."

Institute of the North Managing Director Nils Andreassen told KATH-TV in Juneau the delegates had a chance to discuss local issues specifically for the state of Alaska.

Additionally, Terin Porter, the conference's steering committee head, told the Juneau Empire it was good to see so many young Alaskans working to better their own communities and the entire state by talking about the region's problems.

"It's nice to see young people so engaged, so informed, so committed to bettering their community and their state," Porter told the paper.

The newspaper states some of the delegates at the conference represented native Alaskan villages.

One issue facing the state is employment growth. According to the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development, job growth is expected to fall from 1.6 percent in 2011 to 1.2 percent in 2012.

For further information, check out these sources: KATH-TV, Juneau Empire, Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

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