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Published: November 7, 2023
What is Picasso Nenis?
Picasso Nenis is a creative pop-up shop providing unique workshops around the island for children and families to partake in. Each session is designed to engage children with nature and creativity. We have grown into areas of private parties, adult creative classes, event partnerships with other businesses, and children programs. Our newest program, the Nenpire, is a kid entrepreneurial literacy program introducing children (7-13 years) to the world of entrepreneurship. This program includes educational workshops, mentorship and empowerment activities, and culminates with the one of many NENI MARKETS where they bring their "small" businesses to the community.
Why did you two create Picasso Neni?
Picasso Nenis started when we were raising our kids at home and saw a need for children/family activities on Guam. We really enjoyed connecting our kids with nature and creative outlets and wanted to share that joy with the community. From there, we started a business and gained a following and community of amazing parents and children who share the same love for creativity, fun, and our island of Guam.
What can attendees expect at a Picasso Neni event?
Participants can expect a unique experience that is designed to foster creativity, adventure, nature, and fun! Our goal is to spark inspiration through our activities and reconnect our people to our island.
Any words to those who have attended or helped at one of your events?
Each child and parent/guardian we encounter has inspired us to never take the little moments for granted. We know how important it is to slow down, touch the grass, and imagine a world where our children are at the center of our decisions. Our island, our supporters, and our partners have been the fuel that keeps us inspired and going, and for that we are forever grateful for all the opportunities and memories we have created. Si yu'os ma'ase from the bottom of our hearts. BIBA NENIS!
Published: October 17, 2023
What made you create Påtgon?
I created Påtgon Jiu Jitsu Tournament for the future of our local Jiu Jitsu community. I started training Jiu Jitsu at 11 years old — about 14 years now. Jiu Jitsu has a lot to do with shaping who I am today. I was very fortunate to have parents that invested in me to compete in major overseas tournaments such as the IBJJF Pankids, Worlds, etc . I wanted to create that same experience without our local BJJ practitioners having to spend thousands of dollars until they are ready to compete internationally.
In our culture, Påtgon (kids) are valued and it’s everyone’s responsibility to raise them.
As a product of youth Jiu Jitsu it seemed fitting to give back what Jiu Jitsu has given to me by starting with our Påtgon.
What is the goal of this event?
The goal of Påtgon is to create an enjoyable competition experience and opportunity for our local youth grappling practitioners. Our program gives them the tools to grow allowing them to gain the confidence and experience to compete internationally. Ultimately, we hope that our events give them the courage to represent Guam in the highest levels and platforms of Jiu Jitsu.
What can attendees expect?
Attendees can expect a high energy, fun filled, and family friendly event! Family and friends of all ages not only come out to support their youth Jiu Jitsu competitors. They also have the opportunity to experience crafts and activities from local vendors.
Any special thanks to your team?
A BIG thanks to my family and PGE/Påtgon team for staying true to the mission “For The Kids”. They have always had the focus on being consistent and improving each time with our mission in mind. They are the reason why we have nothing but great feedback. A simple thank you is never enough for the team.
Any words to the community?
Thank you to the Jiu Jitsu community and supporters for growing with us. Let’s keep moving and learning together!
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