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



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.



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

Scott Nishimoto

Executive Director

Ceeds of Peace