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Close Up holds youth summit

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - The 2014 Youth Close Up Guahan Youth Summit got underway today in Tumon.

The program brings together high school students to brainstorm what issues effect young people and the community and issues they care about.

According to Close Up Foundation's Nikki Ulrich the end goal is the students to come up with policy proposals that will be presented to the Guam Legislature. She said, "I think its important for the youth to understand that they have a voice and that they have the ability to make their voice heard there's a lot of times when adults don't' take youth seriously because their not 18 and voters, but really our mission of our organization is to inform, empire and inspire young people to exercise their rights and also accept their responsibilities as citizens of a democracy."

Ulrich adds some of the issues that seemed to be of most concern to students today included infrastructure of the schools as well as teacher quality and access to good classes and courses in order to prepare them for college. The conference continues tomorrow.
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