The Carolinian Affairs Office and Tinian Division of Youth Services collaborated to organize a youth summer program for children with ages between 5 and 17 at the Northern Marianas College.
The program lasted from July 9 through July 27 and was held from Monday through Friday, starting at 12:30pm to 4:30pm.
About 30 children were expected to participate, according to Division of Youth Services caseworker Monika Diaz in an earlier interview, but transportation difficulties cut that number to only 20.
The children learned primarily about community leadership, with presentations by government agencies including the Division of Youth Services’ Child Protection Unit, Department of Commerce, Northern Marianas CREES-Food and Nutrition Services, Voices of the CNMI-Tinian Chapter, Community Guidance Center, Northern Marianas College, Department of Labor, Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, and Department of Public Safety.
There were also group activities, which included volleyball, basketball, and Frisbee.
The program concluded with a banquet for the participants last July 27 on site.