An Anchorage-based think thank has been travelling the state trying to identify and unite people under the age of 40 to be young leaders within their own communities. Institute of the North will be hosting one such event in Kodiak early next month with the aim of bringing together people who want to take a leadership role in the place they live, explains executive director Nils Andreassen who will host the seminar on December 11.
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Having traveled across the state and speaking to young people, Andreassen says he often finds many young people find it difficult to take a leadership role within the communities they were raised in.
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This seminar series is being funded through a $150,000 state grant. Kodiak’s state House Representative Alan Austerman helped secure the funding and his office is involved in planning and execution. Erin Harrington is a legislative aide to Austerman.
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Harrington notes that Kodiak doesn’t have the types of social networks one would expect in urban areas. She says this will be an opportunity for people to come together and discuss a shared vision.
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Andreassen says one of the challenges relatively young Alaskans face is how to get engaged without stepping on the toes of their elders.
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The all-day seminar is scheduled for Saturday, December 11th at Kodiak College. Anyone wishing to participate is asked to register with the Institute of the North by calling 771-2448