Hawaiʻi Youth Sustainability Challenge

A partnership between Kupu and Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation, the Hawaiʻi Youth Sustainability Challenge (HYSC) is an initiative to empower Hawaiʻi youth to create solutions to sustainability challenges in their schools and communities. Students in public, private, and charter schools from grades 6-12 are invited to apply to receive funding and mentorship to support their innovative and grassroots environmental initiatives. These projects will create new and sustainable solutions for their schools and communities.


HYSC provides mini-grants and mentorship to students to support them as they design, prototype, and implement their own innovative and creative sustainability ideas and projects for their schools and communities.


Students grades 6-12, together with a teacher advisor, may propose project ideas based on their environmental passions and desire to create sustainable, localized change.


Applications and decision-making occurs in the fall semester. Projects are implemented in the spring semester. Check back for dates and deadlines for the 2018-2019 challenge.


HYSC mini-grant applications will be available online at the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation website portal. Check back in August for the link.


HYSC is a legacy initiative of the 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress held in Hawaiʻi. The concept for the HYSC initiative was first announced by First Lady Mrs. Dawn Amano-Ige at the Congress. The goal of the initiative is to inspire youth to be intentionally engaged in the environment through action, advocacy, and education.

The Hawaiʻi Youth Sustainability Challenge would not be possible without the support from the following sponsors:

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