PAAC's Global Leadership Program in its 4th Year!

February 09, 2019

The 2018-2019 Global Leadership Program, develops selected high school students leadership skills with hands-on, place-based, and interactive opportunities to learn about global issues, explore the impact of those issues on Hawaiʻi, and contribute to solution.  

The 2018-2019 Cohort

This year's cohort of 22 students represents 17 public and private schools on 'Oahu, Kaua'i, and Hawai'i Island. 

Schools: Farrington, James Campbell, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Hawaii Technology Academy, Honokaa, Kahuku, Kapaa, Keaau, Konawaena, La Pietra, Nanakuli, Punahou, Roosevelt, Sacred Hearts Academy, St. Andrew's Priory, Waialua, and Waianae.

The program kicked off in October and the cohort will meet monthly for Global Awareness Workshops. Here is a brief look back at 2018's events. 

October 6-9: Leadership Camp at Winner's Camp, Hawaii Kai

2018-19 Global Leadership Cohort, with Dr. Loretta Chen's Leeward Community College Theater Class and Winner's Camp Volunteers.

At camp, students participated in sunrise hikes, challenging rope courses, and rigorous workshops that stretched their minds and challenged them to broaden their worldview.

Workshop Topics:
* Personality Types and Leadership Styles
* Non-violent Communication and Conflict Resolution
* Power and Unearned Privilege
* Global Inequalities
* United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
* Design Thinking

Guest Speakers: 
* Mr. Joshua Cooper, a professor and activist, spoke to the students on the creation of the UN Global Goals, the initiatives of other nations to achieve them, and the possible ways Hawaii can achieve the Global Goals’ targets by 2030.

* Mr. Ravi Pare of Oceanit about the basics of Design Thinking, and how to implement Design Thinking into their Global Action Projects.

*Dr. Loretta Chen, a creative and marketing director, leadership and theater professor, and best-selling author, performed her TED Talk on The Power of Failure to encourage students to embrace failure as a way of growing and learning. Dr. Chen also brought in her theater class students from Leeward Community College to perform short skits on social issues such as bullying.

Student Voices:
"Being surrounded by like-minded people who come from so many different walks of life, while we all tackle issues together is an experience like no other." 

"I am discovering my potential as an individual. We went through so many things that challenged us to be the best we can be while also maintaining a strong sense of perspective. The person I was at camp is the person I want to be everyday."

"I emerged from camp a new human being- a leader that is educated about unequal privilege, human rights, the importance of vulnerability, the Global Goals, and most of all, the ability to trust in people." 

View more pictures from Camp in our Gallery.

November 10: Renewable Energy

During the Global Awareness Workshop on Renewable Energy, students participated in interactive lessons taught by  Ms. Victoria Suarez of Engie and a presentation by Mr. Jim Maskrey of the Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute.

Activities and Lessons:
* Simulation showing how natural resources affect trade and relationships between countries
* Understanding and comparing different forms of energy
* Learning how an electric grid works 
* Discussing Hawaii's unique energy-related challenges

Student Voices:
"It opened my eyes to how much I take for granted."

"A global citizen is someone who understands the effects of energy usage has on others and the importance of the resources we have in the world around us."


January 12: The Global Consumer

What are the ethical and social implications of our decisions as consumers? Students examined the pros and cons of purchasing industrially produced chocolate versus buying locally made artisan chocolate anddiscussed their power as consumers to impact people, businesses, and the environment. Students also sampled ethically sourced chocolate from around the world and learned about Hawaiʻi’s flowering craft chocolate industry. Mahalo 21 Degrees Estate and Manoa Chocolate for hosting us. 


February 9: Civic Engagement

How does the legislative process work in Hawaiʻi and how can we get involved? Students met with legislators, visited the Public Access Room, debated bills, and learned how to advocate in a thought-provoking and inspiring day at the Capitol. Mahalo HawaiiKidsCAN, Sen. Stanley Chang, and Rep. Amy Perruso for meeting with our students.

View more pictures from these workshopa in our Gallery.