2 Lander students participated in statewide youth forum

(Lander, WY) – Fremont County School District #1 seniors Alyssa Woody and Jenna Whiteplume joined other young Wyomingites in the virtual Youth Voices Forum last week.

They presented a two-minute perspective on what they hope Wyoming communities will look like in 10 years.


In that short time, they focused on three key areas which included increased mental health awareness; tolerance and acceptance of each other; and having a well-rounded, thorough education.

Everyone is so divided right now, they shared, noting it would be beneficial to see people come together and be more accepting of each other’s differences.

The forum included other youth representatives from schools and organizations across the state, Governor Mark Gordon, and panel moderator Kamila Kudelska from Wyoming Public Media.

Alyssa and Jenna added they enjoyed listening to other participants’ perspectives for the future. One presentation they really liked discussed seeing more women of color in leadership roles.

Both Alyssa and Jenna work in the district’s Lights On program – an afterschool and summer program for students in grades K-6.

This panel was part of a larger initiative by the organization Wyoming 2030 who is working to engage young Wyomingites in conversations about the future. Click here to learn more.


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