Recently, Humanities Guahan hosted a youth sustainability conference as part of their Taking Root program. Public middle school students from Agueda Johnston, Astumbo, FB Leon Guerrero, Oceanview, Jose Rios, Untalan, and Benavente participated in the Taking Root program. The program was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Insular Affairs’ Technical Assistance Program and by Humanities Guahan.
Executive Director of Humanities Guahan, Dr. Kimberlee Kihleng told KUAM News, “It’s the culminating event of a project that was started back in June, with public middle school students representing the CNMI, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands.”
The program began with a three-week immersive summer, on environment and culture in Guam and Micronesia, as Dr, Kihleng added, “where we took the kids on hikes, walks, went out to the ocean and did snorkeling, we picked up trash, we did recycling activities, a whole host of activities along with an environmental curriculum.”
According to Dr. Kihleng, Taking Root is a youth focused, youth organized, sustainability conference and is the first of its kind. “We wanted to a project that would engage young people…particularly middle school students. And how best to do that than with these timely issues of climate change, the need to sustain our island, island community and the importance of not only Guam’s culture but also the regional cultures of Micronesia,” she said.
She says the success of the program would not have been possible without the help and assistance of some great partners, noting, “We have worked with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division, Fish and Wildlife, Guam Community College, their Eco-Warriors but also their reach for college program. We worked with Marine Mania…there is just a list of partners who have worked with us.”
Source: Google News : http://www.kuam.com/story/39403312/2018/11/01/youth-sustainability-conference-held-for-regional-students