SHYLI holds 2nd annual forum on Oahu, graduates youth

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SHYLI students pose with family and mentors at their graduation ceremony at the Waimea Events Salon. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SHYLI)
SHYLI student take a photo with Governor Neil Abercrombie on April 4 on Oahu. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SHYLI)

The Sustainable Hawaii Youth Leadership Initiative held its 2nd Annual Youth and Community Leadership Forum at Windward Community College on Oahu on April 4. Governor Neil Abercrombie, Senator Jill Tokuda and Mike McCartney of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, along with other leaders from business, government, and civic groups, joined together with talented Hawaii youth to see how they might design a sustainable future for Hawaii and build a green workforce.

At SHYLI’s Design Sustainable Hawaii Forum, teams of youth and adults, made up of educators and ‘ohana, applied Design Thinking tools to solve a real-world problem — creating a sustainable Hawaii. Attending were students from Castle High School, AIM for Youth, Hakipu’u Learning Center, Kamaile Academy, Waipahu High School and Windward Community College.

SHYLI youth presentations included:

• Sustainable Agriculture: Hydroponics Farming of the Future: KaMele Sanchez and Sherry Anne Pancho

• Sustainable Education: Empowering Hawaii’s Youth: Alex Siordia

• Sustainable Energies: Slaying the Vampire of Energy: Mickie Hart with InteliSockets

SHYLI students had a graduation ceremony on Oahu with Governor Neil Abercrombie on April 4, then celebrated on Hawaii Island with a ceremony with parents and teachers on April 13 at the Waimea Events Salon.