Youth for Youth LIVE! Guam (YFYLG) member, Vera Hosei, took part in the Micronesian Youth Services Network conference held in the Republic of the Marshall Islands as one of Guam's delegation on July 2017.
The Micronesian Youth Services Network is a non-profit organization that aims to support, collaborate, coordinate, promote and strengthen youth programs and services throughout Micronesia. They envision youth, families, leaders and communities taking a positive role in issues that impact our lives today for a better tomorrow.
Hosei participated in the different programs and activities scheduled to highlight and share best practices, policies and efforts. As the youngest member in the Guam delegation, Hosei collaborated with fellow representatives to provide a status of youth-based issues on Guam to better address them.
Hosei was quoted saying, "I had a really great time there. The conference was so awesome and I got to learn so much from the other islands that attended. I hope to attend the next one!"
Youth for Youth LIVE! Guam is now accepting applications for Middle and High School youth interested in becoming Youth Facilitators for the 2017 Youth for Youth Conference- CATALYST: Ignite the Change. Interested youth must fill out the application below and be willing to commit to over 20 hours of Facilitation and Leadership trainings prior to the annual YFY Conference in the Spring. Applications will be accepted during the weekly YFYLG meetings—Fridays, 4PM to 6PM at the PEACE Office in Hagatna.
the links above for meeting location and contact information.
This summer we had the great opportunity to partner with the World Health Organization-Regional Office for the Western Pacific on an Underage Drinking Prevention Social Media Campaign called #MySoberSummerGuam. The campaign was based on Twitter, those interested would post 4 pictures of how they’re enjoying their summer sober, along with the hash tag: #MySoberSummerGuam. Participants received a t-shirt or tank top and a bag.
In addition to the Twitter campaign, we hosted Underage Drinking Prevention forums at our Summer Water Safety and Swim Program. During the forum members of Youth for Youth LIVE! Guam discussed the harmful affects of underage drinking and ways to stay sober and away from alcohol and other drug use. Youth were able to ask questions and receive important information about Underage Drinking Prevention. They also got a tshirt or tank top of their choice.
At the end of the Twitter campaign, we have over 50 youth participate by positing pictures and using the hash tag. We’re so glad to see Guam’s youth enjoying their summer sober.
In addition to our Twitter campaign and forums, we were able to receive funding to create this website as a tool to inform our community on YFYLG happenings and about our programs.
We’d like to thank the World Health Organization for this partnership and we look forward to working with them in the future.
To see how Guam's youth enjoyed their summer sober. Search #MySoberSummerGuam on Twitter.
Guam ranks first in current smoking among adults throughout all of the US states and territories, according to CDC’s State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System. With a smoking rate of 30% among Guam’s adults, it is not surprising that young teens are mirroring this deadly habit. In the latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) conducted among Guam’s public school students, 2 in 10 high school students and 1 in 10 middle school students are current smokers.
Youth for Youth LIVE! Guam (YFYLG) is taking action to create a smoke-free generation. The organization aims to reduce and prevent youth tobacco and e-cigarette use by limiting youth access to such products. Youth members developed and distributed an educational toolkit for policymakers and community organizations to provide a comprehensive understanding of tobacco and e-cigarette use and its implications. Youth members continue to mobilize and strengthen their efforts in support of Bill 141-33: Youth Protection Act of 2015 introduced by Vice-Speaker BJ Cruz.
As highlighted in this toolkit, YFYLG shares that voting in favor of the Youth Protection Act of 2015 (Bill 141-33) will directly impact the youth and their health:
Salas, along with fellow officers, provided their testimonies at the May 23rd public hearing for Bill 141-33. Following her testimony, Vice President Sara Sahagon expressed her personal concern as to why she supports the bill: “In my experience as a youth facilitator with YFYLG, I have heard countless stories of how tobacco has negatively affected many youth in our island. I support Bill 141-33 because I stand by a healthy future for us - the youth.”
Throughout the week, YFYLG will be reaching out to the island’s senators through door-to-door visits. They are also sharing highlights of the educational toolkit by posting it on their social media pages. For more information, like or follow Youth for Youth LIVE! Guam on Facebook (facebook.com/yfyliveguam), Twitter (@yfyliveguam) and Instagram (@yfyliveguam).