Guam and the other territories are slated to receive around $1 million under the FY 2019 Close Up Insular Areas program which provides civic education programs to the nation’s youth.
According to the U.S. Department of Interior, this year’s program will bring approximately 180 high school-aged students to Washington, D.C. The participants will come from American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the freely associated states of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.
The students will participate in civic education programs alongside their peers from the 50 states. Funding would also support an additional 320 students and teachers participating in summits in the island areas.
Doug Domenech, assistant secretary of Office of Insular and International Affairs authorized the million dollar payment.
Domenech said, “I am pleased to support this important program that has provided opportunities to many youth from the U.S. insular areas to visit Washington, D.C. and gain firsthand exposure to democratic institutions at the federal level. I am also pleased to note that U.S. Representative Michael San Nicolas of Guam is an alumni of this program.”
For the past 30 years, the Close Up Insular Areas Program has brought nearly 10,000 students and educators from the U.S. Territories and the freely associated states to Washington, D.C.