The CommunityU Program, which is based out of Kewalo Basin (in Honolulu, Oahu) is centered on conservation, sustainability, and positive mentorship. CommunityU is designed for young adults who are looking to complete a GED/CBASE while gaining real world job experiencecompleting natural resource management projects for difference community non-profits and government partners. CommunityU provides training and support in the areas of job readiness, personal development, and team work and life skills, in an encouraging and nurturing environment. See our brochure for more information.
CommunityU runs three cohorts on Oahu throughout the year (winter, spring, fall). Upcoming Spring Cohort: March 10th – May 2nd, 2014 Mandatory Orientation & Open House: Thursday, March 6th, 2014 from 5pm-7pm at Kupu’s Kewalo Basin Facility. Mandatory for CommunityU applicants and open to their families and supporters as well as community partners seeking to learn more about the program. If under age 18, applicants must bring a parent/guardian. For more event information and to RSVP, please see here.
- Between 16-24 years of age
- Must be able to serve for eight weeks (approximately 40 hours per week)
- Must be able to physically and mentally complete rigorous outdoor activities
- Interested in natural resource conservation, renewable energy, or sustainable living
- Must be able to commute daily to Kaka’ako, O’ahu
- Learn valuable vocational and life skills that will give you a leg up in a competitive job market
- Participate in meaningful work rehabilitating Hawaii’s ecosystems and increasing the sustainability of the `aina
- Serve your community
- Gain your GED or Clinical Competency Based High School Diploma (C-BASE)*
*Through partnership with McKinley Adult School and C-BASE
How to Apply:
To apply, complete and submit a CommunityU Interest Form HERE. Intake and for the next cohort will occur during the mandatory Orientation held on Thursday, March 6th.
Contact CommunityU Coordinator Chris Walker at (808) 735-1221 ext 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Being an E2U intern] definitely paves a way for my future, especially the environmental energy field. It’s good to know what the residents of Hawaii think versus what we know and what needs to be done, so it’s cool to know what I need to study when I go back to school.
Maeghan – E2U member, 2011-2012,
..The friendships and connections one forms in the RISE program become part of one’s extended family...Most of us are fairly new to the green jobs field… and have helped each other through difficult decisions within and outside of RISE...I would like to say that the RISE program has connected me with some of the finest people this field has to offer. I truly feel a debt of gratitude to the program and leaders for all that they have given and taught me.
Tyson Kanzaki - RISE member, 2012,
Everything about this internship has enriched my life and I am so thankful to have gotten the experience. I can truly look back and say it was the best possible thing I could have done after graduating from college. This internship has truly been transformative thank you HYCC for allowing me to connect with the ‘aina like this.
Janelle Williams - HYCC Extended Internship Program, Big Island 2010 ,
The two summers I have spent within this program have been an integral part of my life and my overall decision in pursuing a career in conservation.
Without [CommunityU], I would still be out in the streets getting into trouble, hanging with the wrong crowds; but I'm not. I would recommend this program to anyone that needs something to get them started on the right path. [CommunityU] saved my life from being another statistic.
Kaulana, 2011 Member,
Kupu has a lot of things to offer...I got a career out of the program and I've been hired on at tthe Hawaii Volcanoes National Park….it is a great stepping stone for people who are looking for a foot in the door to conservation.
Kristine, 2010 member,
Truly Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps has changed my life in an una this great program and to gain so much knowledge.
To empower youth to serve their communities through character-building, service-learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage integrity (pono) with God (Ke Akua), self and others.