Applications are now available for Sealaska Heritage Institute’s annual Latseen Leadership Academy program. Applications will be accepted through May 16.
SHI for the first time will offer the program in two Southeast Alaska villages. This year’s academies for high school students will be held July 6-19 on Prince of Wales Island and July 19-31 in Angoon. Travel scholarships are available for students living outside of those areas. Students will be placed at one of the camps according to their proximity to the camp locations.
Yées Sháade Nákx’I Yán (New Young Leaders) is designed to provide engaging culturally-based education and activities for high school students in support of their future academic and personal success with a focus on rigor, relevance and relationships. The goal of the program is to teach students the art of leadership through the development of self-knowledge, physical and spiritual strength. In a supportive learning environment, students will participate in cultural, artistic, athletic and academic activities.
Applications may be downloaded at www.sealaskaheritage.org. The project is funded by a grant from the Administration for Native Americans, Social and Economic Development Strategies (ANA-SEDS) program.
Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private, nonprofit founded in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.