: Philip Salas
Guam’s youth leadership movement began in May 1988. Known originally as the Dededo Drug-Free Organization (DDFO), it began with about fifty youth and their parents gathered in a small meeting room of Santa Barbara Church Parish hall to discuss the idea of involving youth in drug prevention work.
Two decades later, Youth for Youth LIVE! Guam continues to evolve. Youth for Youth is a non-profit community-based, youth-centered, youth-driven drug prevention program for teens between the ages of 11 and 17. Youth members are assets f this non-profit organization. The foundation upon which YFY is build is in the belief that Guam’s youth are leaders of today and have much to contribute towards making positive changes in their families schools and village communities. Teens are actively involved in prevention program development, implementation and evaluation. Guam’s youth possesses relevant knowledge and cultural experiences, strength and character, and the ability to effectively lead and influence their peers to take personal responsibility for living their lives, healthy and drug-free.