Youth Action Alliance Hawaii

 

Youth Action Alliance Hawai'i is a 7-month, cohort-based, virtual program for Hawai'i high school students seeking to be civically engaged, take action to address issues in their community, and possess a global understanding of how those issues connect Hawai'i with the rest of the world.  

 

The program represents a collaboration between three like-minded non-profit organizations - Ceeds of Peace, HawaiiKidsCAN, and the Pacific & Asian Affairs Council - that believe young people are vital to tackling the challenges we face as a society.  Each organization will draw on their strengths to oversee a different aspect of the program:
 

 

Students for the 2020-2021 cohort have been selected. We are no longer accepting applications for YAAH. 
 

Program Goals

Students will:

* Identify the local connections and relevancies of complex transnational issues

* Learn the ins-and-outs of civic participation, including the fundamentals of advocacy and policy 

* Collaborate with peers to develop, plan, and implement an action project that 

1) addresses an important issue in the community,

2) incorporates legislative advocacy, and 

3) is informed by a global perspective of the problem

* Develop leadership skills relating to communication, teamwork, relationship-building, critical thinking, civic participation, public speaking, and project management

* Cultivate a greater capacity for empathy, deeper appreciation for diversity, and strengthened commitment to community

 

Hui

Successful applicants will be grouped based on their interests into one of five hui, each based on a different theme. Students in the same hui will work together to develop and carry out their community action plan. 

 

The five hui are:

  • * Health and Well-being
    Includes food security, student mental health, bullying
     

  • * Climate Change & Sustainable Ecosystems
    Includes climate actions related to renewable energy, fossil fuel reductions, and energy efficiency; plastics reduction; native ecosystem restoration; pollution
     

  • * Social Justice & Culture
    Includes equity for race, indigenous people, gender equality, LGBTQ+
     

  • * Quality Education
    Includes issues related to equity, school to prison pipeline
     

  • * Building a Resilient Hawai'i
    Includes COVID response; disaster preparedness; decent work and economic growth; peace, justice, and strong institutions

 

Program Schedule

Dates and times for program meetings are set in advance. All meetings are from 9:00am - 11:00am, unless otherwise noted.  View YAAH Calendar.

 

Sponsors

Atherton Family Foundation

City & County of Honolulu

Rotary Club of Honolulu

Stevens World Peace Foundation

 

Contact Information

Jason Shon

High School Program Director
Pacific & Asian Affairs Council
808-944-7759

hs@paachawaii.org
www.paachawaii.org
 

Scott Nishimoto

Executive Director

Ceeds of Peace

808-783-6641

scott.nishimoto@ceedsofpeace.org

www.ceedsofpeace.org

 

Aisha Heredia

Community Outreach & Organizing Manager

HawaiiKidsCAN

808 866 7568

aisha.heredia@hawaiikidscan.org

www.hawaiikidscan.org