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Leadership Initiative delegates attend Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development

This year, two Honokaa High and Intermediate School students, Kamele Sanchez and Sheri Pancho, attended The Stone Soup Leadership Institute’s 9th Annual Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development, from June 22-28, at Marthaʻs Vineyard. Six Hawaii youth, ages 14-18, were nominated by schools, non-profit organizations, and community leaders to serve as delegates.

The summit inspires, educates and empowers young people to take initiative in their lives and on their island. This year’s summit was dedicated to Nelson Mandela. Each day the group chose a leadership theme: connection, intention, joy, commitment, compassion, and courage. This year’s summit was the most diverse summit — with flags representing youth delegates from 16 countries and the U.S. During the weeklong intensive leadership training youth envision their personal, professional, island and planetary goals.

Manuel Jadulang, HHIS agriculture teacher, is the adviser for Sanchez and Pancho. Both students attended Waimea Elementary and Middle Schools. This school year, both Sanchez and Pancho will have to implement Sustainability-In-Action Projects within the community.

Alaska Airlines, Rep. Mark Nakashima and Farrah-Marrie Gomes, director at UHH NHERC, helped to make Pancho’s trip possible. For more information about the Sustainable Hawaii Youth Leadership Initiative, visit http://shyli.org/.