The Tinian Teen Center began on April 20th 2016 as a project to give the teenagers on Tinian something positive to do and steer them away from drugs.
A survey revealed that a high percentage of Tinian high school students have been offered to try drugs at some point in their lives. The survey also revealed that the teenagers were more likely not use drugs if they had a place to go to after school that offered them incentives to be drug free.
With the guidance of their teacher,Mr. Bruce Castro Blanton, Jr. the students began fundraising to open the Tinian Teen Center by selling fruit smoothies at the local festivals in order to raise enough funds. After school, the students would volunteer to clean, paint and prepare the Tinian Teen Center so they could open for business at the beginning of summer break on June 3rd 2016.
With the guidance and assistance of caring adults, the teenage youth on the island of Tinian have developed the Tinian Teen Center in order to protect the future generations of youth from the harmful effect of drugs that affect and destroy the lives and families of the people we love in our island communities.
The Tinian Teen Center empowers the youth to make healthy lifestyle choices by teaching them to appreciate, honor and respect each other and their own individual value found within each and every human being. The youth inspire each other to become the positive role models they need in their lives and encourage each other to keep away from drugs by working together towards a better future for our people.
With the existence of crystal methamphetamine, aka ‘’ice”, on our island, we have vowed to do everything in our power to protect the youth from this evil and harmful drug.
If this means spending every free moment we have and every last dollar we earn in order to protect these young peoples lives, then we are prepared to do so to make sure they are protected.
Our long-term goal is to offer every child across the Marianas a reason to be drug free. We plan to establish our teen centers on every island (Tinian, Saipan, Rota and Guam) and in every village to give our youth a good reason to choose to be drug free.
We hope to unite our youth in their commitments to living healthy lifestyles and expand this celebration for a healthy and drug-free lifestyle. We are committed to solving the drug problem affecting the lives of our youth.