More than 40 people have completed the Micronesia Challenge Young Champions internship program since it was launched in 2009.
The 2019 – 2020 intake saw five interns representing each of the five Micronesia Challenge jurisdictions, mentored by community conservation leaders.
This year in celebration of the 2020 Micronesia Challenge goal, each intern developed short films that highlight the marine and terrestrial conservation efforts and their socio-economic impacts upon people’s livelihoods.
Now ready, these films will be launched over the weeks ahead.“We’re really excited by the stories being told by our Micronesia Challenge Young Champions.
Over the past decade this program has seen our Young Champions support the outreach work of the Micronesia Challenge while building their networks and skills in nature conservation,” said Miss Geraldine Datuin the Micronesia Challenge Coordinator.“2020 is a huge milestone year for us and we can’t wait to share these films as part of our celebrations.”
In 2006 leaders from Micronesia united, committing to effectively conserve at least 30 percent of the near-shore marine resources and 20 percent of the terrestrial resources across Micronesia by 2020. In doing so it led to a myriad of benefits for people and their communities including the capacity building of young Micronesians.
As of 2020 the Micronesia Challenge had supported over one-hundred college certificates, degrees and internships for youth and staff due to programs such as the MC Young Champion Internship, Bill Raynor MC Scholarship and Association for Promotion of International Cooperation (APIC)-Sophia University Scholarships. Out of more than one-hundred youth, there were forty-three people that completed the Micronesia Challenge Young Champion Internship.
The 2019-2020 intake of five young people from the Republic of Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and Guam increased their conservation knowledge while helping to preserve natural resources within their home island.