2018 Service Learning, Youth and Community Preparedness Summit

2018 Service Learning, Youth and Community Preparedness Summit

The Guam Department of Education (DOE), in collaboration with the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), the Guam Youth Preparedness Program, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will host the 2018 Service Learning, and Youth and Community Preparedness Summit:

"Service Learning, and Youth and Community Preparedness Summit" for educators and community partners in training – Wednesday & Thursday, Jan. 17 & 18, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Guam Community College, Multi-Purpose Building.

"Service Learning, and Youth and Community Preparedness Summit" for students – Friday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Westin Resort Guam

This year’s theme is “Preparing for a Safer and Sustainable Guam,” to promote youth and community preparedness for all-hazards that affect the region.

The summit includes two tracks: Wednesday, January 18, and Thursday, January 19, focusing on educators and community partners, which helps teachers integrate service learning into their classes. The two-day session topics include the perspective on resiliency and the local environment, resilient communities as it pertains to health, infrastructure and natural resources, service learning and youth preparedness, and a presentation on sustainability and geo-literacy connections from keynote speaker, Dr. Ming Wei Koh, Eco-literacy Senior Specialist at Pacific Resources for Education and Learning.

Friday, Jan. 19, will focus on students and opportunities to engage in community preparedness work, connect community partners with students and educators, and review a plethora of topics including leadership, civic responsibility, and youth preparedness. Presentations will be provided by the National Weather Service, the Guam Fire Department, the Micronesian Youth Services Network, along with Yvette Ibanez, Business Development Specialist, Pacific Human Resource Services, Inc. Gen Tamura, Preparedness Analyst, from FEMA Region IX, Pacific Area Office will be the keynote speaker.

"Service Learning is a great tool to promote social responsibility," stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. "Each year during the summit, we are proud to see the youth of the community make the connections with the subject matter experts and the resources made available to them."

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.




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