Sealaska tribal member shareholder Alysha Guthrie, of Sitka, has been selected as the 2013-14 board youth advisor, according to a Sealaska press release.
“I’m excited for the coming year,” Guthrie said in the 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, Colo., and is seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing. She is currently participating in the Sealaska summer internship program. Guthrie succeeds Madeline Soboleff-Levy, who served as the 2012-13 board youth advisor.
Soboleff-Levy encourages eligible college students who are Sealaska shareholders to apply for the position. She said her knowledge about Sealaska and its mission has broadened as a result of her term.
According to the release, the Sealaska board youth advisor position was established in 2009 by the Sealaska board as a way to help young Native leaders gain valuable board training and knowledge of Sealaska’s operations. Sealaska’s board youth advisor position is a unique position among Alaska Native regional corporations, the release stated. In addition to gaining leadership skills, each youth advisor receives an education scholarship of $2,500 after completion of the one-year term.