19 Oct 2011

America Samoa students tackle youth fighting, pregnancies and underaged drinking

4:19 pm on 19 October 2011

High school students in American Samoa are planning to submit ideas to the territory's legislature for tackling issues like underaged drinking, teen pregnancies and fighting.

During a three day youth summit they have identified some of the main problems facing their generation.

Students say peer pressure, family problems and the media are causing young people to turn to alcohol and tobacco at an early age.

16 year old Alexander Lotoasosay says he is trying to help one friend kick his habits.

"He told me the reason why he smokes is because of family problems happening at his house and which pull him to alcohol and smoking because smoking relieves the stress."

A student at the Youth Summit in American Samoa, Alexander Lotoasosay.