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Lawmaker seeks volunteers for Tanapag Youth Center

REPRESENTATIVE Sheila Babauta is looking for volunteers willing to help run an after-school program at the Tanapag Youth Center.

Babauta said her goal is to keep the youth center open from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

Sheila Jack Babauta

Currently, it is only open three times a week from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Babauta said her office is working with the Division of Youth Services to keep the youth center open as often as possible “in order to provide an open space where children can feel safe and comfortable, and where they can come and create more relationships with their peers, and socialize and learn from one another.”

She added, “There’s a lot of communication and collaboration that have to take place with DYS because we are not allowed to be open on austerity Fridays. We are also not allowed to be opened on Saturdays.”

This summer, her office plans to launch after-school activities at the center.

“We are going to be volunteer-based,” Babauta said. “My office cannot support keeping it open throughout the year. I just don’t have the budget for that. So we are counting on our volunteers in the community to help keep the center open.”

She added, “If everyone can donate two hours a month to the center, it will have such a positive impact on our community and our children.”

Babauta wants the Tanapag Youth Center to be a place where students are provided emotional support and help with their homework. She envisions a mentorship program similar to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program.

On Aug. 17, she said her office will host a yard sale at the center. Twenty-two slots are available to those interested to sell their stuff.

Babauta said she will set up a table where people can sign up to be volunteers for the Tanapag Youth Center.