2017-2018 AmeriCorps*State Competitive Funded Programs
Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps
677 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 1200
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-735-1221 ext. 1010
Service Area: Environmental Stewardship and Economic Opportunity
Kupu’s mission is to empower AmeriCorps participants to serve their communities through character-building, service learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage integrity with self and others. Ultimately, Kupu participants in the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps and the Conservation Leadership Development Program engages teens and young adults in service while teaching them about responsibility, community, and citizenship. At the same time, the work of Kupu participants provides their community with much needed aid. Kupu participants also become community leaders by recruiting and leading volunteers. Kupu aims to develop strong citizens that will serve the community through the program and beyond.
Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i
924 Bethel Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Service Area: Public Safety (Legal Services)
The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii’s AmeriCorps program began in 1997 and continues today as Project Kaulike (“Justice” and/or “Equality”). Project Kaulike is designed to address the need among Hawaii’s low and moderate income families and low income veterans and their families for knowledge of and meaningful access to the civil justice system. Members provide critical self-help assistance, clinical education and “brief” legal services in the areas of family, housing, consumer & public benefits law under the supervision of licensed attorneys. This is achieved through the hard work of members and volunteers who focus on the following primary areas: (1) client services (2) outreach and education; (3) development of self-help materials; and (4) volunteer recruitment and supervision.
Desired qualifications for Members: Legal Aid Society seeks advocates who are willing to be trained, who have an interest in the law, are willing to work in collaboration with staff and who have experience in working with the low-income population or individuals in crisis.
Teach for America
Teach for America Hawai‘i
500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 3-400
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 521-1371
Fax: (808) 538-3793
Service Area: Education
Teach For America’s mission is to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting a diverse group of leaders who work to expand educational opportunity and provide all children with an excellent education. Teach For America recruits college graduates of all backgrounds to teach for two years in under-resourced schools and communities, trains and develops their leadership competencies, and fosters their impact as alumni of our program to affect educational inequity from many sectors. The Hawai‘i region currently supports 185 corps members teaching in 56 schools across O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island. Approximately one third serve Hawai‘i Island across all three complexes and two thirds teach on O‘ahu, including 70 who are in schools on the Leeward Coast. Nearly one quarter of our corps members are Native Hawaiian and Kama‘āina and many of our teachers serve in the communities in which they were born and raised. We will reach just under 16,000 children this year – one third of whom are of Native Hawaiian or Part Native Hawaiian ancestry and over 60% of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch. We continue to partner with the Hawai‘i Department of Education to address staffing needs and to improve public education in Hawai‘i.
2017-2018 AmeriCorps*State Formula Funded Programs
Hawaiian Community Assets
AmeriCorps State Program
2149 Lauwiliwili Street, Suite 200
Kapolei, HI 96707
Service Area: Economic Opportunity
Hawaiian Community Assets, Inc. (HCA) is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency with a mission to build the capacity of low- and moderate-income communities to achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency, with a particular focus on the native Hawaiian community. HCA provides housing and financial group workshops and individualized counseling across the state of Hawaii through our offices located in Hilo and Kona on Hawaii Island, Honolulu and Kapolei on Oahu and Anahola on Kauai. HCA’s certified staff work with individuals and families to assess their financial situation, set goals and develop action plans around budgeting, saving, building/repairing credit, housing affordability, preparing for homeownership and saving their homes from foreclosure or lease cancellation. HCA compliments our programs and services with match savings products, individual development accounts and micro-loans.
Position Availability: 4 Full-time Community Service Assistant (Mon-Fri 8a-5p, some nights and weekends) & 8 Quarter-time Financial Trainer (Schedule varies, flexibility required, mostly nights and weekends) positions are available in Honolulu, Hilo and Anahola.
Training: All AmeriCorps State Members undergo a minimum 24 hours of training within the first 30 days of service and an additional 16 hours throughout the course of their service. Training opportunities vary based on placement site.
Duties Include: Conduct outreach activities, facilitate 4 hour financial education workshops, assist in 4-8 hour homebuyer education workshops, conduct workshop evaluation and data analysis activities and provide client case management services to individuals and families accessing HCA services.
Desired qualifications for Members: 18 years or older, strong written and oral communication skills, eager to learn and comfortable with public speaking are required. Valid drivers license and access to an insured vehicle is recommended. Inter-island travel for HCA related tasks may become available, the ability to rent a vehicle is required to travel. Knowledge of traditional native Hawaiian culture and practices is preferred.
Heritage Ranch, Inc.
Same Canoe Program
PO Box 865
Honaunau, HI 96726
Service Area: Healthy Futures
The Kohala Center
FoodCorps Hawaiʻi Fellow
P.O. Box 437462
Kamuela, HI 96743
Service Area: Healthy Futures
Through the partnership between FoodCorps and the Kohala Center, nine FoodCorps AmeriCorps members are serving on the islands of Hawai’i and Oahu. Service members serve alongside educators and local leaders to support community-driven initiatives to connect kids to healthy food in schools, focusing on three areas of service: hands-on lessons (students grow, cook, and taste new foods, which builds their skills and changes food preferences); healthy school meals (the cafeteria experience steers students towards the healthiest options and gets them excited to try new healthy foods); and a school-wide culture of health (as a whole, the school community and environment—from hallways to classrooms to cafeteria to grounds—celebrates healthy food).
Friends of Kona Pacific Public Charter School
79-7595 D Mamalahoa Hwy
Kealakakua, HI 96750
Service Area: Healthy Futures
The mission of Friends of Kona Pacific Public Charter School (KPPCS) is to support the continuing development and operations of Kona Pacific Public Charter School, and to develop sustainable natural resource management systems and community-based food production and educational opportunities at the 40-acre Kanaueue Learning Center in Kealakekua.
FarmCorps Hawaii members will serve at KPPCS to support the Farm to School Initiatives and nutrition programs, assist in developing a production garden for produce to be incorporated into the school’s foodservice meals, help out in the school garden, help administer the school’s fresh fruit and vegetable program, and assist in developing new school garden infrastructure such a composting and vermiculture systems. The other nine members are assigned to Ehunuikaimalino, Konawaena High School and rotating community sites to assist with farm development and operations on small farms. These community volunteers also help raise awareness about KPPCS and Friends and our commitment to growing healthy food and addressing the nutritional needs of children.
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
AmeriCorps Environmental Program
99 Mahalani Street
Wailuku, HI 96793
Service Area: Environmental Stewardship
MEO’s AmeriCorps Program is an award-winning AmeriCorps program that engages young adults in extensive natural resource management, park conservation projects and disaster relief prevention. Managed by, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) since 1998. AmeriCorps provides members with opportunities for skill development and personal growth through a supportive, team-based environment. This program is integrated through Natural Resources and Hawaiian Culture.
Duties include: Hands on experiences and fieldwork
Training: Members may receive training in CPR & first aid, basic helicopter, chain saw, wild land fire- fighting/prevention and marine mammal rescue. Members are also certified American Red Cross, disaster relief responders, who may be mobilized to assist in areas where a disaster has occurred.
Position Availability: Half time (6 month), quarter time (3-4 months) and minimum time (2-3 month)summer positions in Hawaii on the islands of Maui and Molokai.
‘Ōlelo Community Media
Youth Xchange Media Clubs
Hanalei Y. Aipoalani
Director of Human Resources & Developmental Projects
1122 Mapunapuna Street
Honolulu, HI 96819
Service Area: Education (Youth Community Media)
Currently, ‘Ōlelo has six Youth Xchange Media After School Clubs located in Waianae, Waipahu, Wahiawa, Mapunapuna, Kaimuki, and Kaneohe. Student participants will become actively involved in their communities through video production and by doing so, will gain a more comprehensive understanding of intellectual property and media literacy, participate in opportunities for cultural expression and learn the importance of active citizenship. Clubs will also provide a safe enrichment environment for students whose families are seeking the stability and benefits resulting from a quality afterschool supervised activity.
Desired qualifications for Members: ‘Ōlelo is seeking members who are interested in contributing to the well-being of their communities by leading young people to become volunteer video documentarians of the unique triumphs and challenges in their communities. ‘Ōlelo will provide members with the video production training, resources and facilities necessary to lead these student media clubs.
AmeriCorps National Direct Programs
Habitat for Humanity West Hawai‘i, in Kailua-Kona
73-4161 Ulu Wini Place, Bay 1
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Kaua’i Habitat for Humanity, in Ele’ele
1-3410 Kaumuali`i Highway
P.O. Box 28 `Ele`ele
Kaua`i, Hawai`i 96705