Student to attend global leaders conference

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2002

Juneau resident Tally Israelson has been selected to attend the Global Young Leaders Conference from July 28 to Aug. 8 in Washington, D.C., and New York City.

The GYLC is a leadership development program for secondary school students from around the world who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit. Israelson will be among 350 outstanding scholars from around the world to attend the conference.

The theme of the GYLC is "The Leaders of Tomorrow Preparing for Global Challenges and Responsibility of the Future." Israelson will interact with key leaders and newsmakers with influence over politics, finance, culture and diplomacy, and will take part in a carefully designed curriculum, which includes simulations to build leadership skills.

"The events of Sept. 11 have made it more important than ever for young people like Tally to become involved in preventing other similar acts in the future," said Michael Lasday, executive director of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, which sponsors GYLC. "The Global Young Leaders Conference challenges students to cross cultural barriers, using teamwork in order to address many conflicts facing the world today."

Past highlights of the program include welcoming remarks at the National Press Club, a briefing at the U.S. Department of State, an address at the United Nations and site visits at financial institutions on Wall Street, among several other events.

The conference culminates with the Global Summit, in which the students apply what they have learned throughout the conference. Students debate, negotiate and build coalitions dealing with issues such as foreign aid, global warming, cooperative efforts in space, terrorism and human rights.

The CYLC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization. Founded in 1985, it is committed to fostering and inspiring young people to achieve their full leadership potential. More than 400 members of the U.S. Congress join this commitment by serving on the CYLC Honorary Congressional Board of Advisors. In addition, more than 25 ambassadors from countries around the world participate in the CYLC Honorary Board of Ambassadors.

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