by Asha Robles

Guam - A groundbreaking ceremony of the Kattan Central Youth Resource Center was held today by the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority. GHURA was awarded around $1.6 million of US Department of Housing and Urban Community Development Block Grant funds for this project.

GHURA executive director Mike Duenas said, "We get $3 million a year and we basically identify the projects and services that meet the needs of the community. It's all part of a five-year plan that we develop and prioritize the needs of the island."

The $1.6 million will help with the designing and construction of this modern facility that will be for our islands youth and families, saying, "This project benefits families who are low in modern income in the central villages here in Mangilao, Barrigada, Mongmong-Toto-Maite, Ordot, Chalan Pago, and Sinajana and Hagatna. This particular project is designed to provide a facility for DYA, to provide services to families who are at-risk or have children who are at risk of failing at school or are having encounters with the criminal justice system."

The new Central Youth Resource Center will service as a positive outlet for children as it will also provide resources, activities, and promote quality programs that are not only fun, but also educational. "There's tutoring, there's counseling , individual counseling, family counseling, tutoring to help with academic work there are a lot of other activities that are structured to help them learn about conflict resolution, how to get along with people, how to work as a team, how to work with other people. So there's a lot of very positive things that they learn here in this facility," said Duenas.

Construction will begin after the permitting process, which is expected to be completed within the next 30 to 45 days, According to Duenas and should be fully completed by March 2015. Though there is no exact date to when the program will be up and running, Duenas says it shouldn't be too far from the completion date.