by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Dozens of high school students are participating in a three-day youth summit, identifying issues of concern and developing an agenda for action. The annual event is hosted by the Close-Up Foundation, combining educational activity with an actual act of political organizing for students.
Paul Burneko, director of curriculum for Close-Up, told KUAM News, "Part of what we're trying to do is establish the contact between the students and the actual senators so they develop a sense of comfort in actually going in and talking to the members and following up and asking what action has been taken and we're also trying to encourage a relationship between these students and the youth congress as well."
The 60 students will make their presentation to island lawmakers on Friday. Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo delivered the keynote address discussing current policy issues affecting the island's youth.