Project Information

J.P. Torres Alternative School
Safety (such as Disaster Service)
Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, Math, Language Arts, Chamorro
School and Outside of School
Project Ended
Carmen Garrido
Basic Information
  • Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense
    Carmen Garrido
    11, 12
    Suitable for Persons with Disabilities
    No Costs

  • Description

     Youth preparedness is a national framework that Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense is using to develop a youth preparedness program in our Guam community. According to FEMA 25% of mainland population is comprised of children that essentially will become our future leaders. Thus, children need to be taught what to do during an emergency, as well as include them in disaster planning, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts (FEMA). The Teen CERT program, which stands for Community Emergency Response Team, is a national training program designed for teens who would like to volunteer to help out during a local disaster. Just like adults, teens throughout communities in the United States can benefit from learning about potential disasters that could affect the area and how to respond to these disasters in the best way possible. Emergency response is ultimately what dictates how communities cope with disaster and rebuild later. 

    After attending this Summit on September 3, students will share with peers or their community what they learned about disaster preparedness to earn their service learning hours. They will need an adult to verify that this sharing was accomplished. If they go on to become a member of CERT, there are opportunities for more service learning hours as long as their is an action of some kind performed. 


    Career Pathway/Field

    Emergency Responders such as fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, police officers, homeland security; Disaster personnel such as FEMA


    The objective of the Youth Summit is to help empower, educate, and build resilience among our local youth through volunteerism in public service. Students can expect to learn more about emergency and disaster preparedness and types of youth programs, i.e., Teen CERT and write and speak about what they have learned. 


    R.1: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. 

    W.9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. 

    SL.1: Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. 



    After attending the conference at Pacific Star on September 3, students need to complete a reflection. They may choose from the following options:

    1)Students to write a reflection paper comprised of several paragraphs about their experience at the Summit, what they learned, benefits of a having a youth preparedness program, what are some of their (children/youth) needs during emergencies and disasters, and whether they (students) would consider being a volunteer. Students will be required to share their experience with peers during a class period (students to obtain teacher permission). 

    2) Students can prepare a video clip about the 2016 Guam Volunteers, Youth Preparedness and Leadership Summit for additional hours. 

    3) Students will be able to share their experience with other students who have not had a chance to participate in the event. More importantly, students should consider chartering a “Youth Preparedness” club at their respective school. 





    Issue Area

    Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

    Agency Description

    Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense’s mission is to coordinate and facilitate all Government of Guam, Military, and Federal Liaison Response Agencies and their resources in mitigating, preparing, responding, and recovering from any and all types of emergencies in order to protect the lives, environment, and property of the island of Guam (GHS/OCD).

    Point of Contact Informations

    Dr. Carmen Garrido


    Comments about the Project Location

    Youth Preparedness Summit will be held at the Pacific Star on September 3. Service component of sharing learning to be done at school.