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Youth Affairs announces new hours to better serve families and children

(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Office of Youth Affairs under the Office of the Governor announced on Thursday a change in their weekly youth centers’ operational hours to accommodate parents and children during the school year.

This new schedule will allow the Youth Affairs Office to better serve its participants that are attending school on a half-day and full-day basis by providing them with more time to enjoy each centers’ weekly activities and upcoming programs for after school.

The new operational hours for the Office of Youth Affairs will be 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, with the exception of government holidays and closures every other Friday. Youth Affairs will resume normal government hours of 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. only during longer school breaks such as Christmas break, spring break, and summer breaks.

Monique Boyer Sablan

Special Assistant for Youth Affairs Monique Boyer Sablan shares that there is a need for their office hours to go beyond the normal government hours.

“As we welcome the new school year, we want to ensure that students will have ample time after school to utilize the centers,” said Sablan. “My office is currently solidifying partnerships as well as creating new programs that will provide new as well as ongoing youth center participants opportunities for after school learning and fun.”

The Office of Youth Affairs has two centers currently open to the public: the Gualo Rai Youth Learning Center and the Chalan Kanoa Man’hoben Center. Sablan looks forward to the opening of the San Vicente Youth Learning Center sometime early next year. Currently, the Koblerville Youth Learning Center and the San Antonio Youth Learning Center are closed for renovations.

“We welcome parents or guardians from across the island to register their children that are between the ages of 5-17 at either of the two centers,” said Sablan.

Parents or legal guardians must provide food/drinks for their children daily as well as sign in and sign out their children. Entrance into the center daily is subjected to the maximum capacity level at each center. Contact or 235-1299 for more information.