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DYWA hosts 2012 graduates orientation on Friday

The Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) is hosting the annual graduate’s orientation this coming Friday — the second since its inception.

The orientation is open to all 2012 graduates, which includes the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) and all public and private high schools, says Deputy Director of DYWA, Pa’u Roy T. Ausage. The Deputy Director said the orientation will be held at the Lee Auditorium North Wing conference room, Friday June 8, 2012, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

He said, “This annual event is sponsored by DYWA to prepare the youth of the Territory to face the realistic challenges when studying off-island and being exposed to cultural, social, economic, and environmental changes.

This year’s theme is an adoption of a Samoan proverbial expression, “E lele le Toloa ae ma’au i le vaivai” — “wherever you go, you will always return home”.

Speakers for the event will include Dr. Faofua Faatoafe ASCC’s Business Education Program Chairperson and business instructor, and Lei’ataua Leuga A. Turner the Director of DYWA.

Dr. Faatoafe said that she will conduct presentations on both time management and money management. “Time management will include management of time, development of study habits and task orientation”.

On the topic of money management, she will ask, “What is money, how can we get it, and what are its most useful purposes? How can we spend, save, and give away money?”

Leiataua told Samoa News that she will be speaking on ethics, values, developing coping and  problem solving skills, assimilation and adjustment to diverse cultures, along with development of communication skills.

The Deputy Director will also make a presentation on leadership, identity or faasinomaga, family, and Samoan cultural and language orientation.

The graduates who are part of the American Samoa Football team bound for Austin, Texas this summer will also be part of the Orientation.

All graduates who are interested to attend must contact Maria Peretiso Fonoti at 633-2835 to register.