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Two educators represent territory at YPL Civic Engagement Workshop

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Leading the Women’s Caucus at the first Young Pacific Leaders Civic Engagement Workshop in Sydney, Australia last week was American Samoa educator and environmentalist, Dr. Sabrina Suluai-Mahuka.

Dr. Suluai-Mahuka along with Dr. Casuallen Atuatasi were selected to represent the territory at the first U.S. Department of State and Cultural Vistas hosted Young Pacific Leaders Civic Engagement Workshop, September 26 – 29. At this workshop, the participants developed practical skills and determined advocacy strategies for regional issues related to civic leadership.

Dr. Suluai-Mahuka was not only a participant but also a keynote speaker to impart her “Journey to Community Leadership” where she shared her experience as an national and international award-winning educator and a founder of a nonprofit organization, Finafinau. Due to the positive feedback from the workshop participants, Dr. Suluai-Mahuka was invited to lead an additional workshop for the first YPL Women’s Caucus where she emphasized finding your space as a woman in leadership roles.

Using her educational background in policy making and work experience with the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency, Dr. Atuatasi was able to share her ideas and goals for advocating for informed decisions for policies relating to environmental conservation and climate justice. 

The next YPL event is the Climate TechCamp, which will be hosted in Auckland, New Zealand at the end of October.