New group aims to send delegation to World Youth Day


Members and officials of the San Jose Youth Organization gather for a group photo during a meeting Thursday night at Minatchom Atdao. The newly established nonprofit organization intends to send a delegation to the World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 23-28, 2013. (Moneth G. Deposa)  Members of the newly created San Jose Youth Organization are aiming to send an official delegation to the next World Youth Day in 2013.

This early, the group is now busy organizing and planning activities that will help them meet their financial target and fulfill their dream of becoming a part of the celebration.

World Youth Day is a youth-oriented Catholic Church event. It was initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1985 and celebrated through a weeklong international event that attracts hundreds of thousands of youths from all over the world. The next World Youth Day is slated for July 23 through 28 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Kevin Iginoef, San Jose Youth Organization president, believes that preparing early will give the group enough time to raise the $45,000 they need for the trip. So far, 18 members have committed to participating in the world’s biggest youth pilgrimage next year.

Several fundraising activities are now being lined up, including hot lunches and dinner shows as well as the yearlong raffle drawing with $2,000 and $500 cash prizes at stake.

Board director Michael Manglona told Saipan Tribune that the non-profit group has already printed 3,000 tickets that will be raffled on June 26, 2013. He’s appealing to the community for its assistance and support.

At a meeting Thursday night at the Minatchom Atdao, group members were seen mapping out plans with parents, whom they described as very supportive of the group’s objective.

The San Jose Youth Organization was created in January this year. It has six board members and key officers.

Andrew Orsini, a board director, told Saipan Tribune that they are appealing for the community’s help by supporting the fundraising campaigns they will launch throughout the year. He described the youth pilgrimage as a good cause and a great opportunity for Commonwealth youths who can actually take part and network with their counterparts around the globe. He said the number of delegates may increase, depending on the interest they will be able to generate for the event.

By Moneth Deposa

Moneth G. Deposa | Reporter

Related Posts

Disclaimer: Comments are moderated. They will not appear immediately or even on the same day. Comments should be related to the topic. Off-topic comments would be deleted. Profanities are not allowed. Comments that are potentially libelous, inflammatory, or slanderous would be deleted.