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Applications Now Open for the Hawai‘i Youth Sustainability Challenge!

October 01, 2020

Now in its fifth year, the Hawai‘i Youth Sustainability Challenge (HYSC), a program of Kupu and Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation, is an initiative to empower youth from across the State of Hawai‘i to create solutions to conservation and sustainability challenges in their schools and communities.  For the first time, HYSC will encourage students statewide to solve “community partnership challenges,” in addition to the conservation and sustainability challenges they identify in their schools and communities. The solutions to the challenges—either identified by the students themselves or by community partners—must be student-driven.  For the 2020-21 school year all projects must be able to be completed remotely (off campus).  Selected students must be in grades 9-12 and will receive funding, mentorship, and training to support their innovative and grassroots environmental initiatives.

Projects are awarded up to $1,000 based on scope and need, and awardees also receive a mentor and training to support successful project implementation. Projects commence in January and must be completed by the end of the 2020-2021 school year in May. To learn more about the program and how to apply, students should go to