Each year, Sealaska selects a board youth advisor from its pool of young shareholders attending college who is charged with providing a voice for Native youth to the 13-member board.
For the 2013-2014 session, it has named shareholder and summer intern Alysha Guthrie, an Alaska Native and resident of Sitka, Alaska, as its board youth advisor. The Sealaska board established the position in 2009 to create an opportunity for young Natives to better understand their board operations. The youth advisor serves a one-year term and gains valuable boardroom experience. Eligibility includes being a Sealaska shareholder 18 to 29 years old, who has completed two years of college and meets qualifications of involvement in the Alaska Native community. View the guidelines at sealaskaenewsletters.createsend1.com/t/r-l-bydtujd-jjdllitllu-t.
“I’m excited for the coming year,” Guthrie said in a press release. “I’m thankful for this opportunity to learn from the experience of the great leaders we have on the board. I believe in the vision that Sealaska has and the work that the board does. I look forward to my generation who will accomplish many great things standing on the founding built by our leaders, traditional scholars and our Native values.”
Guthrie is a full-time student at Durango, Colorado, and is seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing.
Guthrie succeeds Madeline Soboleff-Levy, who served as the 2012-2013 board youth advisor. Soboleff-Levy encourages eligible college students who are Sealaska shareholders to apply for the position. She says her knowledge about Sealaska and its mission has broadened as a result of her term. She graduated from UCLA School of Law in May 2013.
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Sealaska’s board youth advisor position is a unique position among Alaska Native regional corporations. In addition to gaining leadership skills, each youth advisor receives an education scholarship of $2,500 after completion of the one-year term. Sealaska is driven by core Native values such as Haa Latseen, Tlingit for our strength. Providing opportunities for younger shareholders to understand Sealaska operations and experience discussion at the board level develops leadership among youth and strengthens the Alaska Native people.
Sealaska, formed in 1972, is a Native institution owned by more than 21,000 tribal member shareholders whose core cultural values guide all that Sealaska does and represents the rich heritage of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people. Sealaska is the largest private landowner in Southeast Alaska, and active in forest products, telecommunications, entertainment, plastics and diversity supply for innovative manufacturing. Sealaska's wholly owned subsidiaries are Sealaska Timber Corporation, Sealaska Constructors, LLC, Alaska Coastal Aggregates, Security Alliance and Sealaska Environmental Services. Our other subsidiary businesses include the Nypro Kánaak joint ventures and Managed Business Solutions.