A series of cultural preservation workshops in villages of Morobe Province to demonstrate to local children and teenagers the traditional crafts and practices of the region. Each cultural element will be recorded on video and uploaded to an online digital library so the culture remains accessible for future generations.
A project to provide all households in the outer island region of the country with household water filter systems to reduce waterborne illnesses and ensure resilience to climate variability in a remote area of the country.
A leadership workshop in Auckland for Māori and Pacific secondary students from the East Coast of New Zealand focused on inspiring leaders of tomorrow and highlighting pathways for success through education.
A youth awareness program highlighting the impact of pollution in American Samoa, Samoa and the surrounding ocean, and ways the two countries can collaborate and promote eco-friendly practices to address environmental issues.
The Girls CAN (Climate Action Network) Camp will empower the next generation of FSM women leaders combating climate change by bringing together high school girls from Chuuk for a week long leadership camp highlighting new techniques for women practitioners in the fields of conservation, marine science and climate adaptation.
Storytelling workshops capturing the views and stories of Pacific youth to help create more public awareness of diverse perspectives in leadership, policy, workplace environments to challenge traditional frameworks.
Connecting urban youths back to their communities through local workshops focused on traditional culture, highlighting where they come from, and building connections for continued engagement between urban and rural young persons.
Implementing solutions for local management of washed-up plastic waste on three Pacific islands, and promoting public awareness of alternative solutions for reusing plastic materials for community development.
The project aims to showcase inspirational stories of Māori and Pasifika people through informational videos on pathways to success and in-person career events highlighting opportunities available for professional advancement.
A rural development program to raise awareness among people in French Polynesia about using handicrafts as a medium for social and economic growth to build a sustained economic models and learn digital skills for advancement.
An indigenous-focused leadership and environmental education program onboard the Va’a Gaualofa, in partnership with The Samoan Voyaging Society, to empower emerging young Samoan leaders and foster environmental stewardship in their communities and the region.
Youth LIFT (Leading Inclusive Futures Together) is a youth mentorship program for Māori and Pasifika Year 12 students in Auckland designed to promote active and inclusive citizenship through exploring local and global social issues while developing a sense of strong community leadership.
A community engagement project that aims to provide unemployed youth with long-term economic security through small-scale vegetable farming support and training as a means for income generation.
A web series showcasing Cook Islands Māori traditional knowledge in order to help preserve indigenous culture, customs, and language. The project is helping to ensure that Cook Islands Māori heritage survives and is able to be enjoyed by future generations, providing them with a strong sense of identity to become better leaders for the future.
A data collection project in order to campaign the Government of Fiji for the rights and equal treatment of Deaf people across the nation and an establishment of a legal status of Fijian Sign Language. Accompanying efforts of the project are using data collection from Papua New Guinea in order to continue work on establishing the PNG Deaf Association This project is part an of ‘Inter-regional cooperation and development’ initiative.
Focused on the promotion and improvement of early literacy, the development of intellectual skills and the increased reading ability for children aged 0-3, this project aims to create a stepping stone in the educational journey of youth and their development into well-equipped future leaders.
An intergenerational indigenous science and engineering movement, focused on connecting Māori and Kanaka ʻŌiwi communities through an international exchange of traditional knowledge and methodology.
Addressing the need to preserve the Niuean culture, the project provides a cultural bridge between youth in Niue and Niuean youth living abroad in order to help them reclaim their cultural identity using creative approaches and technology.
An educational discovery of how the history and thinking behind Samoan and Pan Pacific architecture can be utilized when looking for sustainable development solutions, in particular, the critical issues of climate change and the bridging of the gap in the transfer of generational knowledge.
Through the encouragement of a healthy and self-sustaining lifestyle and the incorporation of environment and resource management into school syllabi, the Malasitabu Project focuses on providing children in a school community, a well-rounded learning environment and further social and economic development.
Across Palau a plethora of English children’s books can be found, but colorful and catchy Palauan children’s books do not exist. In order to promote literacy and the indigenous language in the nation, this project will be publishing and distributing the first original children’s book written in Palauan.
In partnership with local government, researchers, youth and the community at large, this project aims to make a positive environmental, social and economic impact for the local reefs through the improvement of the future of inshore coral reef health by the manual removal of an overgrown invasive type of seaweed.
Focused on reviving traditional approaches to farming in order to promote sustainable development, this project will connect local community members to training and different models for improving and further increasing the community’s sustainability.
Teachers play an instrumental role in the development of children from an early age, this project aims to improve the literacy rate and introduce students to more in-depth captivating curriculum through the advanced training of teachers in phonics, math, and child development, hoping to encourage an inclusive educational environment and to inspire the next group of future leaders.
The Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Program is a youth leadership development program organized by the U.S. Department of State. The program started in 2013 and has held six regional conferences in American Samoa (2013), Independent State of Samoa (2014), Auckland (2015), Honolulu (2016), Honolulu (2018), and Suva (2019). In 2018, the YPL Small Grants Program was launched—providing seed funding to implement 12 innovative projects run by 36 YPL members throughout the Pacific region.
YPL strengthens linkages between emerging leaders across the Pacific and the United States, reinforcing the U.S. commitment to the Pacific region. These relationships with the younger generation of government, civic and business leaders help to harness the extraordinary potential of youth in the region to address critical challenges and expand opportunities.
The YPL community consists of bright young leaders, 20-35 years old, from Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Islands of French Polynesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, and the American-affiliated Pacific including American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Hawaii.
The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, funded through a grant from the U.S. Embassy New Zealand. Cultural Vistas began administering the program in 2018 and will continue through 2019.
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