What People are Saying
|This SHYLI Youth Leadership Forum has opened doors. It has made connections that I would have never thought possible. Sustainability is our goal, a goal we will reach!|
|Kynan Kawai, 17|
|Any youth interested in making a difference for sustainability in Hawai’i would benefit from the high quality of the mentorship, training and support they can receive by participating in SHYLI. Listening to the experiences and projects of these young people caused me to feel great emotion and pride in what they will accomplish. Mahalo to the Stone Soup Leadership Institute for bringing this opportunity to our island youth.|
|Diane Chadwick, Hawaii Community Foundation|
|Sustainability cannot just be a concept. It must become a way of life. SHYLI has recognized that the leaders of tomorrow are our youth and they should be commended for working with Hawai’i Island youth to learn and teach the concepts of sustainability in a way that empowers the youth and the communities they live in. This approach provides hope for the future of sustainability for Hawai’i Island and beyond.|
|Farrahmarie Gomes, Director,
The North Hawaii Education and Research Center,
Dean Continuing Education and Community Learning,
University of Hawaii, Hilo
The Sustainable Hawai’i Youth Leadership Initiative emerged from 17-year old Hawaiian youth Wainani Traub’s dream for her island. Last summer Wai served as Hawaii’s first youth delegate to the Stone Soup Leadership Institute’s 7th Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development. She returned with a vision and shared her dreams with her school, West Hawai’i Explorations Academy’s Green Team. She shared them at the APEC Voices of the Future Summit.
A’ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia
No task is too big when done together by all.