TAKING ROOT


 

To ensure the success of Taking Root 2, we are expanding our program to include paid opportunities for two educational specialists and six college interns. Educational Specialists will assist in developing and implementing the Taking Root curriculum for thirty 8th grade public school students. Interns will assist our educational specialists and staff in mentoring and advising our 8th grade student participants, fostering team work, critical thinking and discourse around our Taking Root curriculum. To apply for either position or to learn more, please click the relevant graphic below: 

         

8th Grade public school students who are interested in participating in this program can speak to their school administrator on how they can apply.

In addition, we are also kindly requesting support from sponsors to assist in
further enhancing our program for participants. If you or your organization would like to help Humanities Guåhan in presenting this important youth empowerment program, please contact our Executive Director, Kimberlee Kihleng at kkihleng@humanitiesguahan.org

About the Program

Humanities Guåhan is pleased to announce the return of our locally and nationally recognized outdoor youth initiative, Taking Root: Growing Youth Empowerment for Island Sustainability – a program for at-risk Guam public middle school students who trace their heritage to Guam, the CNMI, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, and the Marshall Islands. The program will connect a cohort of 30 CHamoru and Micronesian youth from underserved communities in Guam with scientists, environmentalists, humanists, and traditional experts. The Taking Root program promotes physical activity, civic engagement, and greater cultural and ecological awareness while encouraging diverse islander youth to share their knowledge and to work collaboratively and creatively to identify challenges and solve problems caused by cultural and environmental change

First launched in 2018 with funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior, the 2022 summer program is funded in part by the Governor of Guam’s Education Assistance and Youth Empowerment grant program. With this funding, we are able to offer a cohort of thirty youth from underserved communities in Guam a rigorous educational program that focuses on the natural and cultural resources of Guam and Micronesia, environmental stewardship, climate change, capacity building, and life-skills development, as well as meaningful cross-cultural exchange.

The Taking Root program has three main components – the first is a rigorous six-week summer curriculum tentatively scheduled for June 20 through July 29, that will include classroom instruction, cultural and creative workshops, hikes and farm visits, snorkeling, film, and discussion events, and clean up and restoration activities. During the summer program, participating youth will identify local and regional challenges that have emerged due to climate change and define their vision for a youth-led response. From August through October, the participants will work collectively, conduct their own research, and design an outreach and action plan to involve peers in longer-term community-based projects, which is the second project component. These projects will be presented at our Youth Sustainability Conference to be held in October 2022 that will be developed, produced, promoted, and facilitated by the Taking Root students. The Conference, the third and final project component, will provide an opportunity for students to share their experiences and community action plans with their peers, as well as with experts whom we have partnered with for the Taking Root program.

The 2022 Taking Root— Growing Youth Empowerment for Island Sustainability is made possible with funding from the Governor of Guam’s Education Assistance and Youth Empowerment grant program and our generous community partners. 

For more information on the 2018 Taking Root– Growing Youth Empowerment for Island Sustainability program, click here.

Click the links below to view images from the 2018 Taking Root initiative
Culture and Environment Immersive Camp
Community Action Plans
Youth Sustainability Conference


2018 Taking Root participants and Humanities Guåhan staff and interns at Cocos Island.