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Last call: Kupu summer program applications close Friday

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Kupu team members smile in the forest of Kalalau on the northwest side of Kaua‘i. Photo Courtesy: Kupu

Kupu, a leading conservation and youth education nonprofit in Hawai‘i, is hoping for more applicants before the Feb. 17 deadline for its Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps Summer Program, which offers an intensive hands-on experience into the world of conservation.

The deadline is quickly approaching this Friday and Kupu is inviting applicants to apply on Kauaʻi, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui and Hawaiʻi Island.

The program runs for seven weeks from June 5 through July 23, 2023. If selected, participants are partnered within a team of like-minded individuals and each week they will 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.

“We’re looking for motivated individuals to join us as either Team Members or Team Leaders,” explained Kupu Recruiting Specialist Anna Garcia. “Team members are typically between the ages of 17 – 22 and often complete the program between school semesters. 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 Volunteer Service Award that Kupu Team Members receive upon completion of the program has been raised to $1,000 this year. In addition to the monetary award, the program offers First Aid & CPR certification and a $1,374.60 AmeriCorps Education Award (similar to a scholarship).


The compensation for Kupu Team Leaders has also been raised this year to a $15/hour rate, plus overtime as applicable and fringe benefits. Team Leaders will have the chance to network with conservation professionals and potential employers.

Team Members and Leaders may apply online: https://kupuhawaii.tfaforms.net/267

For more information, visit: https://www.kupuhawaii.org/hycc-summer/

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