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Tinian youth camp tackles underage drinking, career development

THE Division of Youth Services under the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs is discussing underage drinking, social and community affairs, career and personal development among other topics at the Tinian Youth Camp which runs from July 9 to 27.

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Thirty children are participating in the Tinian Youth Camp.
Children participate in a Tinian Youth Camp activity.
Youth camp attendees participate in an indoor activity.  Facebook photos

According to DYS youth camp coordinator Monika H. Diaz, there are 30 participants, five to 17 years old.

“Originally, the program was supposed to be for kids 12 to 17 years old, but due to transportation and other reasons we opened it up to younger kids,” Diaz said in an online interview.

She said the youth camp is a combination of lectures and sports activities.

“We prepare different topics and physical activities for them every day,” she said, adding that the lectures are conducted at Northern Marianas College’s Tinian center.

The topics are disease prevention and health, financial and career development, and emergency preparedness.

There are presentations on child abuse and neglect, alcohol and tobacco, underage drinking, diabetes and sugar monitoring, and sensitivity training relating to disabilities.  Presenters from NMC talk about career opportunities, workforce investment and career development.

Staff from the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services and Department of Public Safety will be the presenters from July 20 to 25 while National Honor Society advisors will talk about the NHS on July 26.

“The topics might seem  ‘extreme,’ but kids are really interested,” Diaz said.

For physical activities, the youth camp coordinators have organized games that promote team work and unity, such as basketball, volleyball and Frisbee.