August 28, 2003
The conference was sponsored by Tlingit and Haida Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Alaska Federation of Natives Wellness Program, and the Summer Youth Employment & Training, and JOM Program. The intent of the Native Youth Leadership Conference was for youth to:
1) Recognize leadership within
Pilcher said, "There were about 40 youth and chaperones participating. It was really fun; they had guest speakers and really wonderful storytellers. My favorite was Gene Tagaban. While we were there we participated in icebreakers, went shopping, listened to lectures, did activities like making Native vests. If you ever get a chance to go to a leadership conference, I suggest you go. Not only you will meet new people from all over Alaska but you will learn valuable skills that will stay with you for a lifetime."
Leadership Conference in Juneau...
Photo by Vicky Pilcher
Pilcher was accompanied to Juneau by her chaperone, Ketchikan Indian Community teen counselor Rebecca Glanville, who volunteered her time in order for Pilcher to be able to attend the conference.
The conference was held at
the UAS-Juneau College campus and attendees stayed in the dorms.