Established in 1990, the Micronesian Youth Services Network (MYSN) is a network of various youth service providers and communities within the Micronesian region. MYSN works collaboratively to improve the quality and quantity of youth and community’s unique cultural values. MYSN seeks to develop opportunities for an exchange of information between young people, organizations, agencies, individuals and coalitions on Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of Belau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Nauru, Kiribati and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. MYSN’s mission is to support, collaborate, coordinate, promote and strengthen youth programs and services throughout Micronesia. Its vision is for Youth, families, leaders and communities taking a positive role in issues that impact our lives today for a better tomorrow.
Each year, MYSN hosts a conference for youth, service providers, policy makers, political leaders and youth advocates from all over Micronesia to gather and network with one another. Through this regional event, we share ideas to improve youth programs, seek solutions to the issues our youth face and develop programs to assist the needs of the community. It is a well-known tradition of MYSN to host the conference at different Micronesian island each year. This allows opportunities for the youth, youth advocates, service providers and policy makers of each island to create necessary changes for stronger communities.
This year’s 2011 MYSN Conference was hosted in Guam from March 19-25, theme being: Policy + Practice: Raising the Bar in Youth Services. With this theme in mind, WYAAP Intern Yolanda Joab from the Federated States of Micronesia participated and conducted one of the concurrent workshops to speak to the participants about World Youth Alliance, its opportunities, and her experiences as an intern.
“Being from the Pacific islands myself and knowing that I am the first Pacific islander to come and intern with WYAAP is what really made me want to go out to this conference and share this information with my fellow Micronesian youth, so that hopefully I’m not the last. This MYSN conference was a great way for World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific to make its debut out more in the Micronesian Pacific region and hopefully from here networking and membership in the Pacific will grow.”