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Executive order creates new age parameters for Gov’s Youth Council

Lt. Governor Talauega E.V. Ale
reporters@samoanews.com

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Through a Feb. 08 executive order, Acting Governor Talauega E. V. Ale, established new membership criteria for the Governor’s Youth Council, which was first established in an October 2022 by Gov. Lemanu P. S. Mauga, who says that the Council is the voice of the territory’s youth in government.

According to the initial executive order, the Youth Council consists of two students — one boy and one girl — from each public and private high school selected by the principal or director of that school.

Also on the Council is one student who is 22 years old or younger from the American Samoa Community College that is selected by the college president; and six members appointed by the Governor — two from each district — who are 22-years old or younger at the time of their appointment.

However, the new criteria in Talauega’s order changes the age of the one student appointed by the ASCC president. The new age criteria for the student is “between the ages of sixteen and thirty years old” from ASCC.

For the six members appointed by the governor, two from each district — the new criteria states that these members are “between the ages of sixteen and thirty years old at the time of their appointment.”

Talauega’s executive order also states: “No member of the Governor’s Youth Council on the day this order is signed may be removed from the council because they do not meet” the new age criteria requirements.

 However, future appointments to Youth Council must meet these new requirements, according to the order, which supersedes the one issued by Lemanu last October.

All other provisions of the initial order remain in place, such as the Council’s duties and responsibilities, which includes among other things:

•           making recommendations for policies for public programs to address the needs of children and youth including, but not limited to, health, social services, education, recreation, delinquency, foster care, transportation and job opportunities; and

•           reviewing and making recommendations for legislation pertaining to children and youth in areas including, but not limited to, health, social services, education, recreation, delinquency, foster care and job opportunities.

(See Samoa News edition Oct. 11, 2022 for details.)