Program launched to maximize $33 million in education stabilization funds

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The Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration has established the Governor’s Education Assistance and Youth Empowerment Grant Program to fund student engagement opportunities for Guam’s public, private, and charter school students. This program will maximize the $33 million awarded in Education Stabilization Funds (ESF) dedicated to the Governor’s Office through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

As part of the program, the Guam State Clearinghouse, under the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Guam, is soliciting interest and proposals from educational institutions, government entities, community organizations, and non-profit organizations to develop programs and activities addressing the learning loss for students along with improving their social and emotional well-being.

“It’s been over a year since we’ve shifted from face-to-face instruction to online learning. While we work to get all our students back to the classroom safely, we cannot ignore the lasting impacts this pandemic has had on their education,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “These additional funds provide resources and opportunities not only for education recovery but also help to address the overall well-being of students.”

“We understand there is a direct link between mental and emotional health and academic performance,” said Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio. “As students head into summer break, this is an opportunity to provide positive and creative learning environments along with meeting the unique needs of students through engagement activities. We look forward to partnering and collaborating with many great organizations to ensure maximum impact towards our island’s students.”

Proposals may include, but are not limited to, activities and programs related to the following:

  1. Academic and Sports Activities including: academic competition and exhibits; literacy programs and initiatives; STEM and STEAM programs; and youth sports and recreational activities

  2. Development and Enhancement of Learning Resources including: curriculum development; digitization, production, and publication of online learning resources; and online and television learning programming

  3. Programs Supporting Leadership Development, Social and Emotional Resiliency, and Positive Pro-Social Activities including: arts and humanities, behavioral health & wellness, Chamoru language, environmental stewardship, cultural diversity, and drug and alcohol prevention

  4. Supplemental Student Learning and Engagement Activities including: community special education programs and services; community youth development programs; homework assistance and tutoring; summer learning and discovery programs; weekend and after-school community learning opportunities; and youth empowerment programs

Opportunities for submissions will remain open. Submissions may be provided electronically to clearinghouse@guam.gov, or hard copies may be dropped to the Office of the Governor Central Files Office, open Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proposals should include a cover letter, program narrative, budget justification, and COVID-19 safety plans/protocols. For more information, email Guam State Clearinghouse.

Background on ESF-Governors Fund

The ESF is awarded to Governor’s Offices and State Education Agencies (SEA) in Outlying Areas including Guam, American Samoa, CNMI, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to help educational agencies, institutions, and education-related entities to address the impacts of COVID-19.

In July 2020, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education awarded the Government of Guam nearly $12.5 million in ESF through the CARES Act to address the impact of COVID-19 on our educational system. This first batch of funding was dedicated to addressing distance learning for students, which included providing free home Internet services to students and families through Guam Department of Education’s Providing Access to Homes (PATH) Project, administering PBS University Program, expanding wireless Internet access in library facilities and Community Learning Centers, and offering rebates for online students fees to students attending the University of Guam and Guam Community College.

(Office of the Governor Release)

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