04 Jan Kupu Launches Pacific Resiliency Fellowship Program

New Conservation and Sustainability Fellowship to Develop Next Generation of Leaders in Hawai‘i and Island Communities throughout the Pacific

HONOLULUKupu, Hawai‘i’s leading conservation and youth education organization, has announced that it will be launching the Pacific Resiliency Fellows (PRF) program in April 2018. The new fellowship program will target early- to mid-career conservation and sustainability professionals across the Pacific region, and will provide mentorship, networking, field-based learning, professional development training and opportunities.

“We are looking forward to supporting the growth of a culture of conservation and sustainability through the Pacific Resiliency Fellows program,” said John Leong, Kupu CEO. “By engaging, empowering and connecting the next generation of community leaders, we can better protect our environment and enable those who are building more sustainable and resilient communities in Hawai‘i and across the Pacific.”

The pilot of the PRF program will launch in April 2018 and will include two 10-day trainings and meetings in Hawai‘i. The program will also include ongoing online curriculum and mentorship that will address sustainability and natural resource management challenges and solutions, identify individual community and organizational needs, and develop leadership style and skills. Fellows will also receive strategic communication training, tailored mentorship, and guidance in developing individualized action plans to support their organizations’ work in their communities.

“The purpose of this program is to build capacity within tomorrow’s leaders,” added Leong. “We are creating a space where the Pacific Resiliency Fellows can better connect and learn from each other, and from seasoned professionals, community leaders and kupuna in Hawai‘i, to help them resolve various resiliency issues within their own communities.”

Kupu will select up to 14 fellows from Hawai‘i, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau and Rapa Nui for the inaugural class of Pacific Resiliency Fellows. Applicants may be in the early to middle stages of their careers in environmental stewardship, conservation or sustainability. They must showcase aptitude and experience in their respective fields, leadership potential and a desire and commitment to make positive changes in their community and the world.

Tuition for the program is $2,500 to cover travel and program costs. Scholarships may be available if the applicant or her/his organization is unable to cover tuition costs.

Applications are available online at https://kupuhawaii.tfaforms.net/137. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018.

The Pacific Resiliency Fellows program is a legacy initiative of the 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress. Program sponsors and supporters include the City & County of Honolulu, Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service.

“The situation in Puerto Rico has shown that islands are really on the forefront of resilience issues—it’s a wake-up call to all of us in the Pacific,” said Josh Stanbro, the City and County of Honoluluʻs Chief Resiliency Officer. “Our Office is excited to collaborate with Kupu on a program that will continue to build Hawaiʻi as a hub for the exchange of resilience ideas, and make all of our Pacific communities stronger in the face of shocks and stresses in the 21st century.”

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