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 conservation and sustainability challenges in their schools and communities. Students in public, private, and charter schools from grades 6-12 apply to receive funding and mentorship from an expert in conservation, sustainability, and/or technology to support their innovative and grassroots environmental initiatives. These projects will create new and sustainable solutions for their schools and communities.
17 completed projects
398 student leaders
$14,000+ funds awarded
39 completed projects
1,000+ student leaders
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22 completed projects
615 student leaders
$17,000+ funds awarded
The Hawaiʻi Youth Sustainability Challenge provides mini-grants and mentorship from an expert in conservation, sustainability, and/or technology to support students as they design and implement their own innovative sustainability and/or conservation solutions that will impact their schools and/or communities.
Students in grades 6th - 12th grades from public, private, and charter schools are invited to submit student-led project ideas that solve conservation and/or sustainability problems in their schools and communities.
Applications open in the fall semester. Projects are implemented in the spring semester. Applications for the 2018-2019 Challenge are now closed.
Mini-Grant applications will be available online at the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation website portal.
The Hawaiʻi Youth Sustainability Challenge is a legacy initiative of the 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress held in Hawaiʻi. The concept for the challenge was first announced by First Lady Mrs. Dawn Amano-Ige at the Congress. The goal of the challenge is to inspire youth to be intentionally engaged in the environment through action, advocacy, and education.
The 2018-2019 Hawaiʻi Youth Sustainability Challenge is supported by:
Kamehameha Schools | Kaiser Permanente | Public Schools of Hawaiʻi Association | eWorldES | HouseMart | Finance Factors | Turtle Bay Foundation
The 2017-2018 Hawaiʻi Youth Sustainability Challenge would not be possible without the support from:
Kamehameha Schools | Harold K.L. Castle Foundation | Public Schools of Hawaiʻi Foundation | Pūlama Lāna‘i | FedEx Cares | HouseMart | Finance Factors
The 2016-2017 Hawaiʻi Youth Sustainability Challenge would not be possible without the support from:
Harold K.L. Castle Foundation | Kamehameha Schools
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