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THE $1.3 million provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act and disaster supplemental funds will allow the Division of Youth Services to continue providing services to the community, DYS Administrator Vivian Sablan said.

The federal funds will help the division meet its personnel and operational needs, including its program outlet at the Kagman Community Center, which officially opened on Wednesday.

Sablan said the Kagman facility will remain a community center where DYS will coordinate the delivery of its programs and services.

The goal is to bring DYS services closer to the members of the Kagman community, she added.

A partnership with IT&E and the Public School System allowed DYS to upgrade the internet services at the center so students can have access to high-speed internet in the parking lot.

Sablan said DYS continues to work with students in meeting community hour requirements while providing various internship opportunities at the Kagman Community Center.

She also thanked the Youth Affairs Office for its partnership in staffing the center.

“To operate a facility of this kind, [it] requires the commitment and determination of personnel,” she said, as she thanked the hardworking DYS staff  for making the program outlet at the Kagman Community Center a reality for CNMI children and families.

“From writing the grant applications to monitoring the projects to coordinating and implementing the needed programs — thank you. You are the champions that will take this project to a whole new level,” she told her staff. 


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