Territories to receive funding for civics education

Interior US DOI

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.

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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.