Dream the Impossible

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

9:00 am - 6:30 pm

Forum Plaza, California State University San Marcos

The 2012 Dream The Impossible Native Youth Conference is about respect, culture, and education which leads to a healthier life. Themes of this conference include: respect of culture and traditions, appreciating our ancestry, healthy families, drug awareness, future goals, identifying your talents, utilizing support programs, self improvement, and team building. The conference is free for Native youth between the ages of 13-18 and will inspire them to Dream The Impossible.







Forum Plaza

Opening Prayer/Welcome/Birdsingers

Forum Plaza


Forum Plaza

Session #1


Ice Breakers/Leadership  

Forum Plaza


Forum Plaza

Session #2


Session #3



Forum Plaza

Keynote Address


Dream The Impossible 2012 Keynote Speaker Callan Sifsof

Callan was raised in rural Alaska, hundreds of miles away from the nearest chairlift in one of the most remote areas in North America, only accessible by boat or plane. She started snowboarding at seven on a hill behind her grandpa’s house and progressed to hiking and snowmobiling the region’s mountains with her family. At 13, she moved with her mom to Girdwood, Alaska home of Alyeska Resort where her snowboard career took off. Amateur competitions at Alyeska led to making the United States Snowboard Team at 16. 

 In 2006, she earned a berth on the U.S. Snowboard Team. She landed on the podium at her first World Cup in Japan, taking the Bronze medal. The same season brought a double title of U.S. National Champion and Junior National Champion in Boardercross and a 4th-place in the World Cup Finals. 2008 brought her the winning title of Jeep King of the Mountain World Professional Snowboard Tour Champion. After an ACL tear in 2009, she came back to earn a spot on the 2010 Olympic Team, marking her as the first recognized Alaskan native to be on an Olympic Team. She backed up her Olympic season with some killer results in 2011, including a silver at the X Games and the second World Cup podium of her career in Switzerland with a second place. She finished the 2011 season ranked 5th in the World.

Callan grew up in the Alaskan backcountry where freeriding laid the foundation of her snowboarding. Landing on the podium in events such as The North Face Masters and The World Heli Challenge has propelled her to continuing success in the freeride world as well as boardercross.

Conference Sessions

During the times listed as "sessions," there will be concurrent workshops on the following topics:

  • Healthy Relationships/Teen Violence
  • Sports Wellness
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Leadership Development
  • Native Dance and Music