Nakem Youth News

Nakem Youth organized

In the attempt to engage the young people of Ilokano descent in Hawaii in advocacy issues related to social justice and equity, to culture and language advocacy, and to education to democracy and diversity, the Nakem Conferences put up a youth arm, the Nakem Youth.

Nakem Youth is a comprehensive program for the young people ages 15 onwards.

As an advocacy group, Nakem Youth will take as its point of reference the issues on diversity and cultural pluralism in Hawaii, issues that remain relevant not only in this state but also elsewhere.

Nakem Youth has since lined up a variety of full programs including an upcoming writers workshop that will tackle the experiences of the young Ilokanos. A book, “Kabambannuagan: An Anthology of Writings of Nakem Youth in Hawaii,” will gather the works of the Nakem Youth writers and will be released later this year.

Aside from the writers workshop, the group has lined up other programs related to community language promotion and preservation, linkage and solidarity, comprehensive education, and creative arts and social media.

Nakem Youth is run by Jeffrey Acido, deputy director; Rachelle Aurellano, director for community language; Walter Luares , director for solidarity and community linkage; Calvin Rilviera, director for social media; and Steve Badua, director for finance. Aurelio Agcaoili serves as executive director of the group.

In partnership with Nakem Conferences and TMI Global, Nakem Youth is co-sponsoring the staging of “In the Name of the Father/Iti Nagan ti Ama”, with a number of its officers acting in the play. A full-length version of the play will be staged to raise funds for the organization.

For more information about Nakem Youth, email Jeffrey Acido at

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