Now accepting applications!!! Project Ho’ohiapo at HACBED (Agricultural Education).

NOTE: This position has been filled. Thank you to all who applied!

We are now accepting applications, via the AmeriCorps website, for the Project Ho’ohiapo AmeriCorps VISTA position at HACBED. The position is scheduled to begin in November 2017 (1-year term). The online application can be found by clicking HERE.

Project Ho’ohiapo at HACBED (Agricultural Education)

The overarching goals of the program are to provide educational opportunities, encourage economic development, improve the health of communities, and prevent poverty. Program administrators will work closely with high school educators, college professors, community-based organizations, and support service providers to strengthen a pathway for students in underrepresented communities to proceed from secondary school to higher education. The project involves supporting teachers to incorporate culturally-relevant curricula through professional development courses, strengthening connections between high schools and college, as well as supporting other activities, such as internships and intersession programs. Through these efforts, the program will create an environment for students to develop the skills, means, and confidence to succeed.

Goal 1 – Work closely with university students, faculty, staff, and administrators to collect data and identify additional areas of needed support. Other related duties tied to Goal 1 include scheduling, record keeping, and outreach.

Goal 2 – Work with high school faculty and administrators, as well as support service providers and higher education partners to build secondary school capacity, specifically the rigor of curricula, while also encouraging resource sharing and collaboration. This may include outreach, relationship building, event coordination and facilitation, as well as keeping accurate notes and tracking next steps.

Goal 3 – Work with community partners to develop sustainable funding streams for the Ho’ohiapo project and activities. Specific duties include supporting partnerships, conducting qualitative and quantitative research, supporting budgeting and evaluation, as well as grant writing. This position involves collaborating with partners from different backgrounds, so the ideal applicant should also possess the following competencies: cultural sensitivity, active listening, and a willingness to learn.

Member Duties:

Goal 1 – Utilizing a strategy of Ho’ohiapo, elder-to-younger and peer-to-peer mentorship, the project will focus on increasing the number of native Hawaiian students entering, matriculating and graduating from programs like the Sustainable Community Food Systems degree program at the University of Hawaii, West Oahu.

Goal 2 – Strengthen a regional cohort of educators and service providers to (A) develop coordinated and aligned curricula, (B) improve the capacity of faculty and programs to maximize assets and infrastructure already in place to empower youth leaders, and (C) advance emerging entrepreneurial and educational opportunities for local youth including internship and intersession programs.

Goal 3 – Sustainable youth development to train emerging leaders to address disparities in the food system, community health, employment, and environmental quality. The communities in the target region are at a distinct socioeconomic disadvantage.

Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible , Relocation Allowance , Training , Education award upon successful completion of service , Health Coverage* , Living Allowance .
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit

Terms :

Service Areas :
Health , Community Outreach , Children/Youth , Education , Community and Economic Development .

Skills :
Youth Development , Non-Profit Management , Recruitment , Environment , Writing/Editing , Community Organization , Fund raising/Grant Writing , Public Speaking , Education , General Skills , Communications , Team Work .

Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA
Project Ho’ohiapo at HACBED (Agricultural Education)
Program Start/End Date
11/20/2017 – 11/19/2018
Work Schedule Full Time
Education level
College graduate
Age Requirement
Minimum: 18 Maximum: None
Program Locations HAWAII
Accepting Applications
From 07/07/2017 To 11/01/2017


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