Extensive summer school for both students and adults planned to combat isolation

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Piti mayor and Guam Mayors Council president Jesse Alig (PNC file photo)

Piti mayor and Guam Mayors Council president Jesse Alig told Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo about a summer program in the works for both children and adults.

Alig said the intent is to provide an extensive summer school and after-school program to address the social and emotional needs of both students and adults.

He said that one of the main focuses of the program is to help counter the effects of isolation brought on by the pandemic.

For adults, the program would incorporate education and certification so they can seek better-paying jobs.

Some of the planned certifications for adults include HVAC and automotive certifications.

Alig said that the program would be supported by the Education Stabilization Fund.

The Education Stabilization Fund is a federal program that was part of the CARES Act at the start of the pandemic and has been continued in the American Rescue Plan.

With those funds, Alig said the program can hire program coordinators so they don’t have to rely on staff from the mayors’ offices.

The program will also partner with local organizations such as VARO and WestCare.

Alig said that he and the mayors of seven other villages are waiting on the Lieutenant Governor to approve the program.

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“You know GDOE is doing a good job with the academic portion. But for us at the village level, we’re really concerned about the social and emotional well-being. Because they have almost no interaction with human beings, over the past year, right Everyone’s home and on Zoom,” Alig said.

Alig said that so far, the mayors of Agana Heights, Agat, Dededo, Mangilao, Santa Rita, Sinajana, and Tamuning have also submitted proposals for the program to the Lieutenant Governor.

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