Navy Teen Council representative gives feedback

(Via Ho’okele News)

Jordyn Merrit (far left) and fellow Keystone Club Members set up the sip-s-slushee sleepover teen center lock-in on July 11. MWR Marketing photo

Justin Hirai

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Navy Region Hawaii’s current representative in the Navy Teen Council (NTC) is 16-year-old Jordyn Merrit. The NTC is a group of 10 Navy teens from across the United States. They are responsible for effectively communicating the issues and concerns that affect Navy teens to all levels of Navy leadership.

The NTC was established in 2012 by CNIC Child & Youth Programs to initiate its goal of mobilizing Navy teens worldwide by improving the sense of a “Navy teen community.”

Merrit is a junior at Rad-ford High School and is a member of the school volleyball team. She is an active member of the teen center at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH).

Merrit will be going to San Antonio for her second council meeting on July 24. While there she will be meeting with other representatives to discuss issues, concerns and relay positive and negative feedback she has received from fellow teens. According to Merrit, these meetings are “a great opportunity for Navy Teen Centers to communicate with each other and suggest ideas and improvements.”

“It helps give our center a voice and a chance to influence decisions that will impact the centers and the teens that use them,” she said.

“The council develops plans and programs to benefit our centers and cross-center communication,” she added.

Cross-center communication is a main topic the council is working on improving. One of their big projects is Operation Mega-phone, which they plan on having annually. Operation Megaphone is a worldwide lock-in. Teen centers throughout the world schedule times to communicate through social media or other online resources. The teen center at JBPHH participated in the recent Operation Megaphone in April and submitted their suggestions to Merrit on how they can improve the event.

Teens who may have ideas, suggestions or feedback on improving the Navy teen community should contact Merrit so she can share them with the council.

She can usually be found at the teen center (building 1859) in the afternoons, especially on Fridays after their 5 p.m. Keystone Club meetings. For more information, call 449-3354 or message the center on Face-book at http://www.facebook.com/JBPHHTeenCenter with suggestions.

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