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Conference of Young Alaskans 2009

Sunday, January 4th 2009 by Pat

alaska_50_logoComics and films are taking a back burner this week as I step into the role of a facilitator at the Conference of Young Alaskans. The proceedings will be webcast over the next couple of days and if you tune into the stream provided by 360 North I’ll be the guy in the background spilling food on his shoes while fifty-five of Alaska’s brightest young men and women work to develop a vision for the future of the state.

360 North – COYA 2009 Live Stream (Jan 3rd – 6th)

This conference and all of the surrounding activities are tied into Alaska’s 50th anniversary of statehood and it’s been a remarkable experience. I had an opportunity to attend the statehood gala in Anchorage on Friday night and participated in a parade Saturday morning along with the COYA delegates. It’s a small state where you can share the dance floor with the governor, meet people who wrote the state constitution or make something happen just by sharing a good idea. I love Alaska.

Did I write enough about the delegates? The first Conference of Young Alaskans was one of the most powerful events I’ve been involved in and it was strong only because of the participants. We created a framework and the delegates filled it with ideas, goals and passion. I think this group in 2009 has the potential to measure up to, and probably exceed, what are now lofty expectations. It’s refreshing to be reminded how many smart and strong young minds are in this state.

Again, many apologies to those who are visiting for the comics and films, I’ll be back to work on Monday Wednesday and have something new by the end of the week.

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