TONGAN SOCIETY IN U.S. CALLS FOR GOOD TONGAN CITIZENS

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By Katalina Uili Tohi

NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (July 10, 2001 - PIDP/CPIS)---The National Tongan American Society has called for the use of information technology to help Tonga’s youth and provide them with the capacity to work for a bright future.

Speaking at a news conference in Nuku‘alofa, Program Director ‘Ivoni Nash Prescott said young people are at such a transitional period in their lives, a time during which they face many challenges. These include social, cultural and economic challenges.

She challenged Tongans living in the United States to plan for the future of their young people and give them every necessary assistance.

Prescott said the most important things Tongans in the United States can do is to educate their young people to face the challenges of life.

Prescott was responding to a question regarding the help society could provide to alleviate the growing problems facing Tongan youths in the States.

Officially established in 1995, the National Tongan American Society, which is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, serves the needs of Tongans and other Pacific Islanders with matters pertaining to immigration, education, health, arts, culture, and human services.

The National Tongan American Society seeks to provide services to further educational, occupational and citizenship excellence.

Prescott said the society seeks to provide opportunities for the advancement of Tongan American citizens.

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