Akoyikoy Center is located in the village of Penia on Weno Island, capital of the State of Chuuk. We provide developmentally appropriate drug-free activities to replace, reduce or eliminate involvement in substance use-related activities, in an environment that is safe: a place where you are comfortable sending kids, and also adult-friendly.
Most people will understand the name Akoyikoyi by its literal meaning: the birds piping signals the dawn; but it figuratively refers to knowledge or enlightenment. Thus our center’s motto “Awakening Opportunities”: the piping that literally wakes people up in the morning, and enlightens people.
There is a chant called Kapasen Akoyikoyi. Akoyikoyi as used here is referring to the chiefs (and people) being “enlightened” (literally and figuratively).
Thus our motto “Awakening Opportunities” comes from Chuukese word Akoyikoyi: the piping that literally wakes people up in the morning, and also stands for the figurative and symbolic meanings of enlightenment: it enlightens people.
Words can be found in Polynesian languages having the same literal & symbolic meanings as akoyikoyi: “bird awakening people with its dawn piping, and enlightening man.”
- Linking youth and family, literacy, health and social services under one roof.
- “A clean well lighted place” – a substance & violence free environment
- If we wish to educate children, we must make sure they are taken care of, and we cannot care for them if we fail to educate them.
Youth Center Location:
The Youth Center is ideally located to serve the more remote northeast villages of Tunnuk, Peniesele, Penia and Sapuk on Weno Island. These four villages account for approximately 26% of the island’s population. Due to distance, lack of and high cost for transportation, people lack mobility and tend to spend a lot of time in their village. The Youth Center will serve the youth and adults in these communities.
Youth Center Building:
The Youth Center is located on the second floor of a 30’ x 60’ building.
- Literacy Improvement:
- Chuukese & English reading/writing, Oral English, availability of books & reading materials
- Computer Literacy: keyboarding, English language acquisition, improving math skills, multi-media, & music pursuits, Internet learning and its proper use, Email.
- Sports & Recreational Activities: SHIP/HOOPS offers Basketball, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Soccer, Canoe Paddling, Track & Field, Wrestling. The main sport will be wrestling. Wrestling combines a traditional activity with national and international competitions. In addition, weightlifting equipment and table tennis will be available. Our NGO sport office will be located in the center.
- Tutoring and Mentoring
- Lifestyle Education workshops & materials distribution: Substance & Violence Prevention, Healthy Lifestyle (diet, obesity, etc.) HIV/AIDS.
- Cultural & Environmental Education
- Films to increase awareness of life issues, educate, entertain positively
 Enlighten: “To give clarifying information to somebody; to free somebody from ignorance”
 2009 Neuman, Susan B. Changing the Odds for Children at Risk. Praeger. London. (114)
 Ibid. (124)
 Our NGO had two Penia/Peniesele village youth trained as HIV/AIDS peer educators.
 In 2007-2008 our NGO piloted a class at Chuuk High School entitled “Film, Culture & Social Issues”