THE Inafa’maolek Youth ambassadors are seeking the community’s support so they can represent the Commonwealth in the annual Native Youth Climate Adaptation Leadership Congress, or NYCALC, in Shepherdstown, Virginia from June 24 to July 1.
The mission of the NYCALC is to develop future conservation leaders with the skills, knowledge, and tools needed to address environmental change and conservation challenges to better serve their schools and communities.
The event is hosted annually by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs which will cover the costs of lodging and meals of the participants at NYCALC, as well as airfare for five youth representatives and one mentor.
The seven Inafa’maolek Youth ambassadors — Richard Lacson, Jude Litulumar, Melady Manahane, Angelica Mario, Kina Rangamar, D’anahlei Rodriguez, and Juneya Quitano — were accepted into the NYCALC on April 5, 2022.
They will be accompanied by two mentors and will spend a night and a day touring the nation’s capital.
They will then move on to Hawaii from July 2 to 8 to observe and understand the potential of island development, touching base with similar youth programs and food security initiatives on O’ahu.
“This will be an excellent experience for us, and when we come back, we will work on implementing a food security project throughout our senior year,” said the young ambassadors in a joint letter.
Hoping to raise $14,000, they are asking for the community’s support through monetary donations to help cover the remaining costs for airfare, lodging, meals and incidentals, uniforms, gifts for cultural exchange, and per diem for themselves and their mentors.
All donations should be made payable to Manhita Marianas.
For more information, contact Inafa’maolek Youth Heritage Program Executive Director Eva Cruz at (671) 483-0111.