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:
* Global Awareness
Pacific & Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) will contextualize local issues by providing global perspectives on topics ranging from climate change to social justice movements to ecosystem health.
* Civic Engagement
HawaiiKidsCAN will empower participants with the knowledge and tools to advocate for systems change through public policy.
* Community Action
Ceeds of Peace will support students over the duration of the program as they create, develop, and implement a Sustainability Action Plan to address an issue in their community. See examples of past student projects here.
Students for the 2020-2021 cohort have been selected. We are no longer accepting applications for YAAH.
* 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
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
High School Program Director
Pacific & Asian Affairs Council
Ceeds of Peace