Pacific Islands

Springing into Action

By Vanalyn Quichocho, Research Assistant

Spring is the season for fresh starts, deep cleaning, and planting seedlings – and Guam’s year-round tropical weather makes no exception. Thrive: Coalition for a Drug-Free Dededo marched into spring at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Guam Chapter’s Annual Conference with its “Coalition Development for Thriving Communities” presentation. Representatives of Thrive, its youth coalition, and community partners modeled how to cultivate a well-rounded Coalition using both grassroots and traditional approaches.

At the start of April, Thrive organized the Dededo Neighborhood Clean-Up of Sagan Linahyan Roadway and Park event.

Our participation exceeded all expectations and brought together 70 volunteers from local government, Guam’s congressional district, and our island community.

Together, we were able to breathe life back into this small corner of Astumbo!

Both events emphasized the importance of careful planning, collaboration, and community involvement. Whether through providing resources, mobilizing the community, or getting our hands dirty (and our island clean) – we hope that the seeds that we’ve sown this spring will thrive for many years to come.

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