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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — A pair of Seoul American High School students will represent area youth on the teen panel that makes recommendations to the Army about youth programs.

Sophomore Jennifer Anderson and freshman Brian Kim will represent the Installation Management Agency-Korea Region on the Department of the Army Teen Panel from 2004 to 2006, officials said. They will represent all students in South Korea.

The panel, created in 1995, is made up of 18 teenagers from bases throughout the world.

Their most important responsibility will be to make recommendations for changing and improving youth programs, said Beverly Joiner, head of the IMA-KORO family program branch.

“This is a good way to get more involved with teen issues and do something positive for the community,” Anderson said in a KORO release announcing the appointments. “This is a great opportunity to represent and express the concerns of teenagers living here in Korea.”

Both Kim and Anderson were selected after a long application process, which included two essays explaining their community activities and their ideas on how they would represent the thousands of teenagers in their area.

In their applications, both said they would focus on limiting the availability and abuse of over-the-counter drugs and seek ways to offer more employment and recreation activities for teenagers, especially those new to area communities.

The pair will take part in telephone conference calls and e-mail meetings, officials said, and will attend up to three meetings each year in Washington, D.C. They also will be required to work at least two hours per week at base Youth Services centers to get input from other teens.

Those who need more information on the program, or application materials for the next round, should visit a base Youth Services center.


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