WASHINGTON – Twelve winners have been announced for the 2018 Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Small Grants Program. The selected teams, representing 11 different YPL countries, will receive up to $13,750 in grant-funding to implement projects in the region related to the program’s core themes of education, environment and resource management, civic leadership, and economic and social development.
Though the YPL conference was created in 2013, this is the first year of the small grants initiative, which is sponsored by U.S. Department of State and funded through a grant from the U.S. Embassy Canberra. Cultural Vistas will administer the program through 2018.
In addition to funding, YPL grantees will attend a kickoff workshop in Auckland, New Zealand on May 10-11 and receive mentorship throughout the year to help ensure their project’s success.
The Young Pacific Leaders Program is a U.S. government-funded initiative to strengthen leadership development and networking throughout Independent Pacific states, Australia, New Zealand, and American-affiliated Pacific.
The 2018 YPL Small Grants Program launched in January and was open to alumni from YPL conferences. Alumni include young leaders, aged 20 to 35, from Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and the American-affiliated Pacific.
2018 Young Pacific Leaders Small Grants Program Awardees:
New Zealand and Hawaii
A collaborative exchange between Māori and Kanaka ʻŌiwi communities on traditional knowledge and western science
Documenting Traditional Knowledge through Digital Media
The Cook Islands
Webseries documenting Cook Islands Māori traditional knowledge and importance of indigenous culture for future generations.
Youth-4-Change Mentoring Program
The Federated States of Micronesia
Youth leadership and mentorship training program to help young peer leaders provide for at-risk youths in Micronesian communities.
To promote literacy and indigenous language in Palau by publishing and distributing an original colorful children’s book written in Palauan.
Training in Jolly Phonics
Papua New Guinea
Providing skills-based training to elementary school teachers in the Kerowagi District of Chimbu Province, Papua New Guinea.
Community Building and Engagement for Deaf Persons
Fiji and Papua New Guinea
Enhancing deaf peoples’ opportunity to be an equal citizen in their society through community empowerment, civic leadership, and training.
Sustainable Livelihood Project
Training farmers in Wairuarua Village to develop, implement, and further sustainable livelihoods through permaculture and traditional farming methods.
Removal of Sargassum Seaweed
Community engagement and environmental clean-up initiative to remove invasive seaweed species and improve coral reef health
LE VĀ TALANOA
A cultural heritage workshop focusing on Samoan architecture and working to bridge the gaps in generational knowledge
Supporting Malasitabu Primary School through classroom infrastructure development, promoting healthy lifestyles and education on waste management.
Language Roots the Tree of Culture
A cultural bridge between Niuean youth in-country and those living overseas to promote and preserve cultural heritage
Early Literacy- Let’s Read
Early literacy initiative targeting children under the age of three