The Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) will receive a $1,256,020 AmeriCorps Grant from the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS) to support their efforts to sustain and protect Hawaii's environment, Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Senator Daniel K. Akaka, U.S. Representative Mazie K. Hirono and U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa announced today.
The funding will be used to support 223 AmeriCorp volunteers at HYCC, and their work removing invasive species threatening Hawaii's ecosystem.
The Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps supports multiple service-learning programs for young adults to gain professional experience in natural resource management, and practical skills in conservation work.
AmeriCorps is a national service program that promotes and supports Americans of all backgrounds to increase civic participation and strengthen communities through public service.
"These funds will be used to put our youth to work protecting our environment from invasive species and pests. I would like to thank the administration for continuing to recognize the need to encourage our young people to get involved in their communities," said Senator Inouye. "The Hawaii Youth Conservation Corp teaches our young people to be good stewards of our environment and I will work to support their mission to promote civic involvement and leadership skills in Hawaii's youth."
"Kupu's Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps is a win-win program that helps foster life and leadership skills among our youth while also caring for our island ecosystems. I am so pleased that they will receive this grant award," said Senator Akaka.
"The work being done by Hawaii Youth Conservation Corp volunteers to protect our "aina is invaluable. We must diligently continue our efforts to remove invasive species throughout our island state, wherever and whenever possible. This investment will not only support volunteers in the short term, it'll also help develop a workforce that could help better manage Hawaii's natural resources and conservation efforts well into the future," said Congresswoman Hirono.
"Kupu Hawaii provides our keiki with the opportunities and encouragement they need to become outstanding citizens and community leaders. Through this program, our youth learn about the importance of conservation and protecting Hawaii's unique ecosystems by working with the land and ocean. Mahalo to CNCS for supporting local organizations that strive to better their communities," said Congresswoman Hanabusa, a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources.
For more information about the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps, please visit: http://www.kupuhawaii.org/
For more information about AmeriCorps, please visit: http://www.americorps.gov/