i Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) Community Program (formerly known as CommunityU) is an Oʻ
ahu-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).