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September is Youth Leadership Empowerment Month

ACTING Gov. Victor B. Hocog on Tuesday signed a proclamation designating September as Youth Leadership Empowerment Month and Sept. 27 as Youth Takeover Day in the CNMI.

The proclamation-signing took place at Kanoa Resort where student leaders from private and public schools also gathered for a leadership session.

In an interview, the governor’s Special Assistant for Youth Affairs Shelane Borja said the proclamation aims to recognize “the youth as leaders, movers and shakers in their schools and their community.”

Acting Gov. Victor Hocog signs a proclamation designating September as Youth leadership Empowerment Month and Sept. 27 as Youth Takeover Day. Also in the photo are Division of Youth Services Director Vivian Sablan,  Senate President Arnold I. Palacios and the governor’s Special Assistant for Youth Affairs Shelane Borja.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioActing Gov. Victor Hocog signs a proclamation designating September as Youth leadership Empowerment Month and Sept. 27 as Youth Takeover Day. Also in the photo are Division of Youth Services Director Vivian Sablan, Senate President Arnold I. Palacios and the governor’s Special Assistant for Youth Affairs Shelane Borja. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

She added, “Recognizing them goes a long way because we are letting them know that they are capable of doing so many things.”

Senate President Arnold Palacios, Division of Youth Affairs Director Vivian Sablan and Public School System Associate Commissioner Yvonne Pangelinan also witnessed the proclamation signing.

This year’s theme is “Youth Lead: Learn, Empower, Apply and Develop.”

Pangelinan emphasized the importance of the youth’s opinion.

“Your voice is critical to everything that we do. As adults we like to make plans based on our experiences, on what research tells us, or what data show us, but you are the heart of that data. We are excited to see the plan and the movement you bring to the community. This community belongs to you. Whatever you feel about today, know that you can change the world,” she added.

Borja encouraged the youth leaders to continue taking action in developing young leaders. “Teach them how to work together. As young leaders now. I hope you continue to build your momentum — continue to focus on education and career. Always have the courage to make the right decision,” Borja said.

For Sablan, youth empowerment is about mentorship and preparing the younger generation to guide the CNMI. “It is about taking my strength, taking your strength, your peer’s strength and putting them together to make the community stronger.”

Palacios said good leaders are respectful and know how to listen to their elders and people younger than them. 

According to the proclamation, “It is our shared responsibility to empower our youth so that they are given equal opportunities toward pursuing their dreams and creating their own stories of success.”

It added,   “When we empower our youth, it will lead to the development of a community in which entrepreneurs will prosper, a culture of respect will develop, commitment and independence will be important, and an educational system in which students will flourish.”