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Kupu Hosting Hawaiʻi Youth Conservation Corps Summer Program

Conservation and youth education nonprofit, Kupu, is hosting the Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps Summer Program (HYCC-Summer).

The program, which runs on Kauaʻi, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui, and Hawaiʻi Island from June 5 – July 23, 2023, offers an intensive hands-on experience into the world of conservation.

Each week, selected participants will partner with a team to explore and serve within a different partner site, which holds new adventures, challenges, teachings and opportunities for personal growth. Participants will also get the opportunity to learn about a variety of ecosystems, natural resource management techniques, and cultural practices unique to Hawai‘i.

This year, Volunteer Service Award members receive $1,000 upon completion of the program. In addition to the monetary award, the program offers First Aid & CPR certification and a $1,374.60 AmeriCorps Education Award (similar to a scholarship).

This year’s compensation for Team Leaders is $15/hour rate, plus overtime as applicable and fringe benefits. Team Leaders will have the chance to network with conservation professionals and potential employers.

In order to provide the participants with a wide range of experiences, Kupu partners with nonprofit organizations and government agencies that mentor the teams and guide them through conservation projects. As a Kupu partner, the organization will receive extra support at an affordable rate, with the option to host teams for 1-6 weeks.

The application deadline is February 17, 2023. Interested team members and leaders can apply at  

The host site application deadline is January 28, 2023.  Host site applications can be accessed at  

For more information, visit: or email or call 808.735.1221 x2001.

Photo credit: Kupu/DLNR

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