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    Vice President George Visited by Yap Upward Bound Students

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    Vice President George Visited by Yap Upward Bound Students

    PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On April 9th, 2019 the Honorable Yosiwo P. George, Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) was visited by public high school students enrolled in Yap State’s Upward Bound Program. The visit was one part of a larger tour of the FSM National Government, including visits with staff and officials at each of the three branches of government, as a component of a broader tour to Pohnpei State and Guam which includes visits to all foreign embassies hosted in the FSM, the College of Micronesia-FSM, the University of Guam, Guam Community College, and the FSM Consulate Office in Guam.

    Some important issues and updates discussed with the students included the Compact of Free Association (COFA) and the FSM in 2023 and beyond, the FSM’s diplomatic relations with other countries (which emphasizes maintaining goodwill and friendship with all nations), the Joint Committee on Review and Planning (JCRP), and the functions of the Office of the President.

    Funded by the U.S. Department of Education via 5-year competitive programmatic grants, Upward Bound Program is a part of the U.S. TRIO Programs designed to identify and provide educational services for individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline. Through the Amended Compact of Free Association (COFA) between the FSM and the United States, FSM-based State Departments of Education, College of Micronesia-FSM, and other community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth and secondary schools may apply to operate Upward Bound Programs in the FSM. As of April 2019, there are Upward Bound Programs in Yap State and Pohnpei State.


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