Pacific News Center (10.03.12)
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The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has recently awarded the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) a grant of $416,667. The grant will further strengthen GDOE’s endeavors to educate teenagers about the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases and the prevention of teen pregnancy. Superintendent of Education Jon Fernandez applauded the news, noting the great importance of health education in shaping “the lives and minds” of Guam’s youth.
GDOE’s Curriculum & Instruction Division (C&I) prepared the successful grant proposal and submitted it to the Office of Discretionary Grants for DHHS, Administration for Children and Families. One of the major grant program goals, as stated by GDOE, is to “increase the level of instruction for teachers to ensure that all targeted students (ages 10–19, in grades 6–12) are prepared for college- and career-readiness expectations, to make informed decisions, develop life skills, and practice healthy behaviors now and in the future.” GDOE, through C&I, also manages grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the HIV Prevention Program, and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBS) program that focus on “improving the health and educational outcomes of young people.”