HYCC Community Program: Participant Application

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Kupu
ABOUT KUPU
Established in 2007, Kupu empowers future generations to create a more sustainable, pono Hawaiʻi. We provide hands-on training programs that educate and mentor youth to become stewards of our culture and environment, helping them develop a strong connection to the place in which we live. In doing so, we strive to fulfill our mission to empower youth to serve their communities through character-building, service-learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage pono (integrity) with Ke Akua (God), self, and others.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Kupu's Hawaiʻi Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) Community Program (formerly known as CommunityU) is an Oʻahu-based program that prepares under-resourced youth for entry into the workforce. 


We provide these young adults with life skills training, green job and volunteer opportunities, and positive encouragement to meaningfully impact their local communities through service. Kupu staff and team leaders consistently mentor participants (usually ages 16-24) throughout the program and ensure that everyone feels a sense of cohesion and camaraderie among their peers.

Participants engage in culturally significant activities across the island, including outplanting native species, farming in the loʻi kalo (taro fields) and restoring loko iʻa (traditional fishponds). For many youth, these experiences create a supportive setting for them to reconnect with their identity and contemplate their future aspirations. The program also offers classes for participants to complete their high school education and earn a Competency-Based (C-Base) certificate through an engaging, experiential learning approach or will assist with referrals to partners that offer C-Base programming.

*Positions are available at two separate locations on Oʻahu: Kupu’s training facility in Honolulu (Town) OR at the Kaʻala training facility in Waiʻanae (Leeward).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must:
  • Be between 16-24 years of age
  • Have reliable transportation to Kakaʻako OR Waiʻanae, Oʻahu
  • Meet the necessary physical and behavioral requirements
  • Be interested in natural resource conservation, renewable energy, or sustainable living

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (808) 735-1221 ext. 2004 or community@kupuhawaii.org

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Location Preference

Kupu's HYCC Community Program is offered at two different sites on Oʻahu. 


Positions are available at Kupu’s Green Job Training Facility located at Kewalo Basin in Honolulu OR at our Kaʻala training facility located in Nānākuli. There may be some program variation between these locations, as all work is tailored to the local community and teams. 

  • Honolulu (Town) Location
  • Kaʻala (Leeward) Location:  89-969 Lahikiola Place, Waianae, HI 96792



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