Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2011
Executive Summary Project Name: Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) Recipient Institution: Kupu, a Hawaii-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Primary Contact: John Leong Contact Information: 4211 Waialae Ave., #1020 Honolulu, HI 96816 (808) 735-1221 x 1001 (808) 735-1223 (fax) John.firstname.lastname@example.org Project Summary and Benefits: Kupu is the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that manages the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC). Kupu provides participants with a memorable and beneficial experience that enhances their knowledge of natural resource stewardship and sparks interests in conservation careers. It is the goal of Kupu to provide training and education to Hawaii¿s youth by exposing them to conservation issues in order to develop an environmental mindset; assist community development; provide skills training; job placement; and career path development. The Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps, a program of Kupu, is applying to the Corporation for National and Community Service to continue its current project. Project Duration: October 1, 2011 - September 30, 2012, continuation from the current project year. Project Objectives: To continue support of 220 - 225 AC member positions in the HYCC Year-Round, Summer, Hana Hou and Community Assistance Programs. The HYCC provides hands-on environmental education and service learning in the form of team-based and internship-based projects. The program goals are to enrich youth from various backgrounds by providing them with a service-based educational opportunity and develop community members who are able to make a difference for both the environment and the world around them. Participants will learn about conservation in Hawaii and gain a better understanding of careers in conservation. Through this experience, members can begin creating a career pathway for themselves. Additionally, the program assists site managers with important conservation-related projects and in overseeing volunteers at their sites. Summary of work to be performed: The following proposal is a grant request looking to continue the support of 220 - 225 positions to assist in environmental service-learning as well as to help develop a deeper level of outreach into the community and to support opportunities for more peer-to-peer exchange. Funds will support the HYCC Year-Round, Summer, Hana Hou and Community Assistance Programs. The AC members will assist various conservation-based organizations with work in coastal areas, watersheds, wetlands, and many other ecosystems. The members also work with and oversee community volunteers who work at the host sites. Number of students involved: 60 full time members, 3 full time members without living allowance. 80 minimum time members and 80 minimum time members without living allowance. Total Federal Funds Requested: $1,256,020 Total project costs: The fiscal year 2012 budget is expected to be approximately $2.3 million for the four HYCC programs that Kupu manages.