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  • Sustainable Hawaii Youth Leadership Initiative


    Annual Job Shadow Day 2014 January 31 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    We would like to invite to be a mentor to a young person for a day. Followed by reception with youth and their mentors-for-the-day so they can share their experiences.

    Our goal is to give youth a positive experience of the world of work, promote a good work ethic, and develop

    longer-lasting relationships that contribute to the global economy. SHYLIs Job Shadow Day helps translate

    youth passion with practical experience in the job market and the world of work. SHYLIs parent organization,

    the Stone Soup Leadership Institute has been organizing Job Shadow Day on other islands for many years.

    Weve discovered this one-day really helps them focus them. Its a good investment in their future and ours.

    Mickie Hirata: Dr. Dora Nakafuji, Renewable Energies Hawaii Electric Company & Oceanits Ibis

    Alex Siordia: Representative Cindy Evans at Hawaii State Capitol, Oahu

    KaMele Sanchez: Richard Ha, Hamakua Springs Country Farm, Hilo

    Bethany Anderson: Dr. Lei Imaino-Hata, Aloha Veterinarian Center, Hilo

    Sherry Anne Pancho: Linda Connelly/Aaron Jacobs, Univ Hawaii Hilo, Daniel Inouye College of Pharmacy

    Daniel Forsythe: Lnai Aquaponics Commercial System and Maris Garden Network, Oahu

    Lucy Gaceta: David Palumbo, Sustainable Landscaping, Pulama Lanai LLC

    Matt Gonser/Dolan Eversole UH Sea Grant College Program/ School of Ocean, Earth Science and Technology

    The National Groundhog Job Shadow Day, a national campaign gives young people a new perspective on

    their studies through hands-on learning and a one-day mentoring experience. It is a joint effort of America's

    Promise - Alliance for Youth, Junior Achievement, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Nationwide, more than

    one million students and 100,000 businesses participate, and last year, more than 2,000 restaurants and hotels

    hosted nearly 20,000 students.

    Our Mission and Outcomes: The Sustainable Hawaii Youth Leadership Initiatives mission is to train young

    people to become leaders of a more sustainable world. Hawaii youth serve as youth delegates to the Youth

    Leadership Summit which lays the foundation for the year-round Fellowship Program where they receive the

    Institutes state-of-the-art leadership tools and ongoing leadership training. Using the Institutes

    educational curriculum, SHYLI focuses on STEM-Sustainability. By participating in SHYLIs Job Shadow

    Day, they receive mentoring and first-hand experience about jobs in their fields of interest. In the Institutes

    College Prep & Portfolio Presentation Program, youth learn about career pathways to 21st century and

    green jobs. They receive training in writing, public speaking and presentation skills. Youth custom-design

    projects that match their dreams for their island to develop Sustainability-In-Action Projects. They practice

    their leadership skills by participating in community service programs and events to showcase their projects. SHYLIs Youth Leadership Forum brought together Hawaiis leaders with SHYLI youth sharing their

    vision for a more sustainable Island.

    Sustainable Hawaii Youth Leadership Initiative P.O. Box 722, Honokaa, HI 96727

    P.O. Box 1235, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745

    P.O. Box 631669 Lanai City, HI, 96763

  • Hawaiis Youth Shadow State Leaders

    Last Friday youth from Lanai and Big Island ventured to Oahu to learn first-hand about being a leader in todays

    world. The national Job Shadow Day was organized locally by the Sustainable Hawaii Youth Leadership Initiative.

    Oceanit hosted a reception where youth shared their life-changing experiences with business, government and

    academic leaders. As recipients of the Corporate STEM Award Oceanit, is invested in the development of our

    future leaders.

    Hawaiian Electric was one of the Job Shadow Day partners. 17-year old Mickie Hirata shadowed , Dr. Dora

    Nakafuji, Director of Renewable Energy. Mickie showed exceptional poise and interest in sharing her

    Sustainability-In-Action Project with us using the IBIS Intellisockets, said Dr. Nakafuji. It was both exciting and

    inspiring to hear how she understood the value of gathering data and using it to help people learn about energy

    use. By being more informed, people can make smarter more sustainable choices. After her adventure at HECO,

    Mickie visited Oceanits corporate headquarters and met the IBIS team. It was great to meet those whove

    developed the programming, designing, project planning, business, assembling and even invented the

    Intellisockets! says Mickie. I had no idea how new this company was and how special I was to be their first

    experiment! It was incredible to see them upgrading their top-secret blueprints.

    Representative Cindy Evans recognized Alex Siordia from the floor of the State Capitol. An HPA student on a full

    scholarship, Alex is on deferred to Harvard University. With his inspiring College Prep Workshops Alex

    encourages public school students to pursue their dreams through vocational schools, community colleges or

    universities. "Alex is Hawaii's future and I encourage him to follow his dream of being a lawmaker and making

    decisions that will benefit the people of Hawai'i Island and the State of Hawai'i, says Rep. Evans.

    SHYLI youth on the Big Island shadowed business leader, biomedical professors, and veterinarian in Hilo. When

    Mayor Billy Kenoi called business leader Richard Ha for a last-minute meeting, Ha decided to bring youth KaMele

    Sanchez with him. After all he had promised KaMele last month during SHYLIs site visit to his Hamakua

    Country Springs Farm that she could shadow him. The reception was simultaneously video conferenced to the

    University of Hawaii Hilo Chancellors offices where SHYLI youth Sherry Anne Pancho and Bethany Anderson

    shared their experiences with mentor Dr. Aaron Jacobs and UH faculty. It's no secret that our world is facing

    some major challenges in the coming decades, said SHYLI project coordinator Katie Schwind. These challenges

    will take engaged, creative, individuals from our coming generations to take the reigns of change and find solutions

    for islands. Hawaii, and many rural and island areas, commonly struggle to limit the brain drain when there are

    limited economic opportunities available. SHYLI works with active young people who have been nominated by

    community members who recognize their potential to be change makers in their future.

    Lucy Gaceta traveled from Lanai Island to UHs Sea Grant College Program. Ernest Nishizaki, Sheraton Hawaii

    Bowl Foundation Chairman was impressed when he met Lucy at their annual presentation during the games half

    time festivities. Thanks to Lucys inquisitiveness about sustainability projects, he offered to introduce her to

  • Director Gordon Grau. A month later, she shadowed UH Sea Grant extension agents: Matt Gonser and Dolan

    Eversole. Thanks to Island Air and to Mr. Nishizaki, Lucy stayed in her first hotel on the 19th floor of the

    Princess Kaiulani Hotel with SHYLIs Executive Director, Marianne Larned.

    Oceanits Vice President Ian Kitajima was impressed last year after attending SHYLIs Youth & Community

    Forum on the Big Island. He invited SHYLIs Executive Director Marianne Larned to bring it to Oahu and partner

    with Design Thinking Hawaii. The Design Sustainable Hawaii Forum will be held at Windward Community

    College on April 4. At the Forum, SHYLI youth and sustainable business leaders from Oahu, Maui, Kauai,

    Hawaii, and Lanai will share their vision and passion for a brighter Hawaii and develop unique public-private

    partnerships and implement innovative sustainability projects throughout Hawaii. Hawaii is in urgent need of new

    leadership, innovative thinking, action-oriented and collaborative people who can work together, especially on

    sustainability initiatives that benefit everyone, says Kitajima.

    SHYLI is developing future leaders who are grounded in Hawaii's values/culture with a critical knowledge base,

    systems thinking, engagement, leadership, and, now, Design Thinking, Kainoa Casco, Chief Responsibility

    Officer, SustyPacific. By creating unique leadership and learning opportunities for students, SHYLI is helping

    reverse Hawaii's brain drain and positively influencing our collective future.

    KaMele Sanchez will join Mr. Ha at the Design Sustainable Hawaii Forum. Whether the topic be agriculture,

    food production, genetics, or energy I plan to have a voice in deciding what are the best choices for our Island's

    future. This high level program for exceptional local kids, from humble means, deserves our support, says Ha.

    I've spent my entire 35-year career positioning our farm to be relevant for the future. When I see SHYLI youth I

    see Hawaii's future. We must invest in and nurture them. And, we must do it now!

    For more information and register for the Design Sustainable Hawaii Forum:


    About National Job Shadow Day

    The National (Groundhog) Job Shadow Day, a national campaign gives young people a new perspective on their

    studies through hands-on learning and a one-day mentoring experience. It gives youth a positive experience of the

    world of work, promote a good work ethic, and deve