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Watch COYA 2012 live!

Posted Dec 29, 2011 -

If you can’t join us in Juneau for the 2012 COYA, much of the event will be streamed live here.

The TELEVISION BROADCAST of COYA 2012 will be on 360 North (the statewide channel that airs Gavel Alaska programming).
The dates/times are:

Wednesday, January 11  –  8:00 am
Thursday, January 12  –  8:00 am
Friday, January 13  –  8:00 am

Applications Closed!

Posted Oct 26, 2011 -

The application deadline has passed and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to fill out an application and write essays. The steering committee will announce their selection of the 55 delegates to the 2012 Conference of Young Alaskans on or around November 1, 2011.

Applications now being accepted for COYA 2012!

Posted Aug 08, 2011 -

Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Conference of Young Alaskans. Download the invitation and application below. Contact coya@institutenorth.org with any questions or for more information.

COYA 2012 Invitation

Conference of Young Alaskans 2012 Application

We look forward to your applications! Remember, past Conferences have been very competitive (300 applicants for 55 delegate opportunities). Your best effort is needed.

COYA 2012 Steering Committee Selected

Posted Jul 31, 2011 -

The initial steering committee members for the 2012 Conference of Young Alaskans has been selected. Committee members have spent the first six months of 2011 planning and beginning coordination for COYA12, and recently met for their second in-person meeting to draft the agenda and launch the application process, which begins on August 1.

The steering committee for the 2012 Conference of Young Alaskans is composed of young leaders from around the state who have been selected by the Institute of the North based on their community service, prior COYA participation and statewide perspective.


We are still accepting steering committee members – contact us soon to be included for consideration. Below are some reasons current steering committee serve.


· “I met amazing young leaders from across the state at the life-changing event, and I honestly believe my first COYA experience increased my dedication to Alaska, inspired me to help develop young leaders in our state, and enabled me to see that Alaskans who may be completely different truly can work together as a respectful state-wide community.”

· “I had certainly never envisioned that this would be an entirely delegate-driven process, or perhaps more profoundly a civil process. For me the Conference of Young Alaskans was my first opportunity to interact with peers who were equally, if not more concerned for the future, and my first opportunity to have serious discussion about big issues in Alaska.

· “Participating in such a rich event allowed me to develop new understandings of what it means to be a young leader in Alaska.”