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Kupu Urges Youth to Apply for Conservation Corps Summer Program

Posted February 9, 2022, 10:30 AM HST ·Updated February 9, 9:27 AM

Youth from throughout the state will have a chance to gain some hands-on experience in conservation this summer through the Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps Summer Program.

This year, Kupu, Hawai‘i’s leading conservation and youth education nonprofit, is urging youth to apply on Kauaʻi, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui and the Big Island. Applications are due Feb. 25.

“There are two ways to participate, either as a team member or team leader,” said Kupu recruiting coordinator Graeme Lander in a press release. “Team members are typically between the ages of 17–22 and don’t necessarily need any prior environmental experience. The ideal applicant is someone with a positive attitude, curious about nature, interested in learning and a desire to strengthen their community through service.”

The program runs for seven weeks from June 7-22. If selected, participants are partnered within a team of 5-7 other like-minded individuals and each week they get to explore and serve within a different partner site, which holds new adventures, challenges, teachings and opportunities for personal growth.

Participants will get to learn about a variety of ecosystems, natural resource management techniques and cultural practices unique to Hawai‘i.

“I gained a significant amount of hands-on skills in regards to conservation,” said Nathan Melia, a past participant from Kauaʻi. “I think this program has really solidified my desire to continue work in the conservation space along with sharpening my leadership skills.”

“The team leaders don’t mind extra responsibility,” Graeme said. “They are the backbone for the team, responsible for assisting, coordinating and inspiring the members each day. Ideally, the leaders are 21 years and older, have experience in leading groups and have knowledge pertaining to unique Hawaiʻi native plants and customs. They play an integral role in the success of the program and forming the experience the members have.”

In addition to the First Aid & CPR certification, members receive a $500 monetary stipend and $1,374 AmeriCorps Education Award, gain valuable experiential environmental education, build close relationships with their peers and life skills relevant to any career.

Apply online by clicking here.

For questions, email hyccs@kupuhawaii.org or call 808-735-1221, ext. 2001.