Public Policy Institute holds workshop on leadership ethics

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The Public Policy Institute held a workshop on Leadership Ethics. The workshop was facilitated by veteran public servant Frank Ishizaki. (Contributed photo)

A program to train future leaders held a workshop recently.

The Public Policy Institute held a workshop on Leadership Ethics. The workshop was facilitated by veteran public servant Frank Ishizaki.

The Public Policy Institute is a prestigious student internship program established by former Speaker Judith Won Pat and Senator William Castro in 2011.

The program was revitalized by the 35th Guam Legislature.

Vice Speaker Tina Muna Barnes spoke with PNC about the program.

“It’s Public Law 35-69 and it was signed by our governor on February 13th, 2020. It’s something that’s near and dear to my heart. So I’m very proud that the Public Policy Institute is now statute,” Barnes said.

She added: “I thought this program…which was literally spearheaded by Speaker Judith Won Pat at the time, former Senator Wil Castro was working for her, and of course my communications director Chirag Bhojwani..had this great idea to give on-the-job training to interns that are in high school and in college to give them training on how to investigate, to write policy, to meet dignitaries, to meet agency heads, and government officials both in the government of Guam and the federal government … to just have on-the-job training and a hands-on experience on how policy is created.”

Current and former interns spoke about the program as well.

Patrick Wang, PPI intern, said: “I would just say just expect to be doing a lot of work in the community. In that sense, we also have fun here. It’s not just all work. We do have fun. But it is a great learning experience for everyone. And you do meet a lot of people around this island.”

Sissie Luo, PPI intern, added: “It’s great to network with all of these people, and just meet with a lot of people, and and we also have a lot of workshops that are scheduled for the next two months, such as communications and entrepreneurship.”

The Public Policy Institute is a student internship program.

The program provides interns exposure to a vast network of leaders in the public and private sectors as well as to an array of professional and training opportunities for them to gain leadership, research, and work place skills and experiences.

The Vice Speaker said that the program has a bright future ahead.

“Tell anybody. Tell you classmates, tell your friends, tell your family members, because anybody who’s interested I want to make sure that I give them the opportunity to be a part of this program,” Barnes said.

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