African American Student Leadership Conference comes to Fairbanks

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The African American Student Leadership Conference has traveled to Fairbanks to present their 33rd annual conference for middle school aged students in the area.

Tawan Perry (pictured above), a motivational speaker from North Carolina, and the keynote speaker for the event, guided the kids through an array of impactful leadership activities. [Carly Sjordal/KTVF]

Middle schoolers, teachers and community organizers filled the Wood Center Ballroom for the speeches and workshops provided by the African American Student Leadership Conference, this year's theme for the conference is ‘Next Generation Leadership’.

The event included door prizes, University of Alaska scholarships, and various community opportunities for children to practice leadership skills.

Tawan Perry a motivational speaker from North Carolina, and the keynote speaker for the event, guided the kids through an array of impactful leadership activities.

"I believe this conference is making a difference in the community and while it may not seem like that's the case today, it has long standing impacts. Many of these kids are going to grow up to be lawyers, doctors, pillars of the community, and it starts here." Said Perry.

Perry noted that the Fairbanks middle schoolers were full of energy and confidence. Perry says middle school students are often very optimistic about their future, and he admires their love of participation, saying: "I hope that they take away that they can achieve anything that they want. And just to show up and be the best version of themselves."

The 'African American Student Leadership Conference' lectures will commence again 9/17/2019 for high school students.

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