Youth Conservation Corps applications accepted

Kupu, a Hawaii conservation and youth education organization, has announced that applications are open for its Hawai’i Youth Conservation Corps Summer and year-round Conservation Leadership Development programs on Maui. Youths can apply for the free programs, which provide cultural and environmental education and job training opportunities throughout the island.

Kupu’s seasonal Hawai’i Youth Conservation Corps Summer program is a full-time, seven-week program available statewide. Select applicants on Maui will work in teams to engage in outdoor conservation work like clearing invasive vegetation, planting native species, maintaining trails and parks, and restoring cultural and environmental sites throughout the island.

Team member applicants must be between 17 and 20 years old. Upon completing the program, they will receive volunteer and education award stipends, and may qualify for college credit. Team leaders, who oversee team members, must be 21 years or older and will also receive an education award in addition to living allowances.

The HYCC Summer program starts with a one-week training camp on Oahu for team leaders on May 29 and on June 4 for members. The program ends on July 20, followed by graduation ceremonies on each island.

This summer, Kupu is seeking up to 12 team members and two team leaders for its Maui teams. Applications are available for both positions at www.kupuhawaii.org/hycc-summer/. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28.

For those interested in more extensive entry-level job training opportunities, Kupu offers an eight-week summer or 10-month year-round Conservation Leadership Development program, in which individuals will be placed at a conservation and natural resource management nonprofit or government agency throughout the state or Pacific.

Applicants must be 17 years or older and if selected will receive living allowances and education award money to use toward higher education, while gaining mentoring and job-training working on in-office or outdoor field projects.

The eight-week summer program runs from June 11 to Aug. 38. Applications are available online and due by Feb. 28. Positions for the extended, 10-month internship program start in October, and applications are available until positions are filled. Priority placement will be given to selected participants who apply by June 30.

Applications and more information are available www.kupuhawaii.org/conservation.

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