by Krystal Paco
Guam - The My Village program is back. Following its success in Yona and last month Inarajan, the initiative that brings GovGuam services right to your door makes its way to the northern village of Dededo for December.
For the over 45,000 residents who call Dededo home, there's plenty of existing programs to take advantage of.
According to Dededo mayor Melissa Savares, families are the foundation of her heavily populated village evident by the nine public schools, three private schools, two gymnasiums, a skatepark, and a pool.
That's why there's plenty of programs catering to children, including after school programs hosted by the department of youth affairs as well as after school tutoring and youth anger management programs hosted by Sanctuary.
"All the programs that we currently have we're enhancing on the availability of what's going on in the village to our residents that don't know about the many programs that are going on," said the mayor.
Expanding on that, earlier this week the village celebrated the opening of Korason Y Sengsong, which translates to "The Heart of the Village."
Savares said, "With the opening of the Ayuda Foundation facilities we have family units that can come together not just the youths but also their parents. We have a family fitness center that will have a lot of resources available for parents to work with their children whether it be on how they can work with tutoring at home or just young families wanting to learn parenting skills. Those programs will all be enhanced and available for families to come and get more information and see where they can go and at different times."
But what's a family community without safety?
As Savares reports, they're also hoping to use the month to grow their fleet of Community Assisted Policing Effort volunteers.
"What we want to do is enhance on the phone tree that we have in our village that neighbors have among themselves and actually recruit for the CAPE trainers so that the CAPE volunteers can have a larger number of volunteers to go out and target problem areas," she said.
For more information on programs available to Dededo residents, call the Dededo Mayors Office at 632-5203 or 632-5019.