Youth summit spotlights bullying and violence prevention
Youth Advisory Panel student leaders in high school, middle school, and elementary school on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota were joined by education leaders across the Commonwealth last Monday for an in-person YAP Youth Summit at the Magellan Restaurant of the Pacific Islands Club that also saw the month of October being designated as Bullying and Violence Prevention Month.
The summit consisted of presentations and educational outreach pertaining to bullying and violence prevention. This was followed by the proclamation signing, which had Maisie B. Tenorio, Board of Education secretary/treasurer and executive director of the Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, signing the proclamation on behalf of Antonio L. Borja, acting chairperson of the 17th Board of Education. The occasion was also attended by members of the BOE, Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred B. Ada and members of his key management and staff, program leaders, and community partners.
The proclamation states that “bullying and violence prevention programs are established to provide schools and communities with sustained commitment and leadership to address and stop bullying, harassment, abuse and other forms of emotional and physical violence.”
The proclamation had the theme “Choose Respect!” The proclamation stated that the theme was chosen to show that bullying is a behavioral choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.”
Ryan Nuera, a student representative in the BOE who is a senior at Tinian High School, said he is thankful for the event. “It’s just great to see…the different things that we can do and implement in our schools to create more safe learning spaces for all of the students.”
A total of 108 students from 20 public schools took part in the summit.