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2019 Service Learning and 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 Youth Preparedness Program, the Service Leaning Committee, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will host the 2019 Service Learning and Youth and Community Preparedness Summit:

  • “Service Learning and Youth and Community Preparedness Summit” for educators and community partners in training – Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 16 and 17, 2019 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Guam Community College, Multi-Purpose Building.
  • “Service Learning and Youth and Community Preparedness Summit” for 8th grade students – Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Westin Resort Guam

The theme of the summit is “Community Resilience: Sowing the Seeds for a Culture of Service Learning” to provide students and teachers with information to create and promote Service Learning opportunities.

The summit includes two tracks: Wednesday, January 16 through Thursday, January 17, 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 safety and sustainability.

Friday, January 18, 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, advocacy in service to the community, and youth preparedness. Presentations will be provided by the Pacific Human Resource Services, Department of Education, Pacific Resources for Education & Learning, volunteer program coordinator, Guam Youth Preparedness Program, along with keynote speaker Charles Esteves, Administrator for the Office of Civil Defense.

“This year we will challenge the students to find the leader within them and present them with tools to excel in the different Service Learning opportunities,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. “With the summit, one of the outcomes we aim for is to create connections between the youth of the community, resources, and subject matter experts that will guide them in their education and future careers.”

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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