Kupu's Hawai'i Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) Community Program is an O'ahu-based program that prepares under-resourced youth for the workforce by providing them with life skills training, green job and volunteer opportunities, and encouragement to meaningfully impact their local communities through service. Kupu staff and Team Leaders mentor participants (usually ages 16-24) throughout the program and ensure that everyone feels a sense of cohesion and camaraderie among their peers.
Led by Team Leaders, participants engage in culturally significant activities across the island, including outplanting native species, farming in the lo'i kalo (taro fields) and restoring loko i'a (traditional fishponds). For many youth, these experiences create a supportive setting for them to reconnect with their identity and contemplate their future aspirations. Upon successful completion, participants have the option of receiving their Certificate of High School Equivalency.
Applicants must be comfortable in all environments, and be able to perform physically and emotionally demanding duties. Team Leaders also receive a living allowance and an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion.
Positions are available at two separate locations on O'ahu:
Kupu’s training facility in Honolulu OR in Ka'ala on the Leeward Coast