Amata Welcomes Federal Grant for Pacific Youth and Community Development in American Samoa

September 25, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed federal funds for the Pacific Youth and Community Development program in American Samoa.

“Congratulations to the Pacific Youth and Community Development program, and their work to make a difference in the lives of our young people,” said Aumua Amata. “This federal assistance is welcome news for a very good cause, and federal support is recognition that this program is working to encourage and lift up our youth in American Samoa.”

Specifically, the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is providing $70,000 in a grant project entitled the Pasefika Youth Center Program.

These ACF funds are directed to American Samoa through two of its agencies – the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) and the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), and each of these federal offices are within the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department.

“I appreciate all those involved in this program, including ministries that partner with these efforts, and I want to especially say thank you to Salima Eucharist Reupena,” continued Congresswoman Amata. “Thank you also to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, and the ongoing attention to American Samoa from HHS and these federal agencies.”