There is not a "one size fits all" learning approach for every student. Therefore, our programs are designed to augment the current educational practices with our Pacific Islander students' unique culture. Studies have shown that students perform better academically when they feel connected to their learning environment through cultural learning.
youth and young adults leadership
The future of our Pacific Island communities is in the hands of our younger generation. Preparing our youth and young adults for the challenges and the uncertainty of the future is fundamentally vital for our Pacific Islander communities' future and preserving our history and heritage. Developing and teaching confident and respectable young leaders our morals and values will establish a just society for all.
arts and culture
Our Arts and Culture programs are designed as a comprehensive approach to increasing students' engagement in school via cultural identity. It is also a way for our elders to engage and share their knowledge with our younger generation. It is a safe space of inclusion for our children, adults, and elders to interact with one another about the importance of our values and culture. Understanding one's heritage and history can expand an individual's knowledge of the world we live in.
"Family" is central to the fabric of Pacific Islander communities. The natural description of a family unit has evolved with time and circumstances. A single parent or a teenager with a child is a family unit. Imagine a teenager with a child or with children, with a host of stressors, trying to navigate the multiple systems to obtain services for her family. Although there are limited data on Pacific Islander (PI) teen pregnancy, it is undeniable that PI teenage pregnancy within the PI community continues to rise. The most difficult for a teenage mother is raising her child in an already overcrowded household with multiple family members and relatives.
Family hardship within the PI community is another indicator or factor contributing to our students' lack of academic achievement. Cultural dissimilarities are another under-observed challenge as one of the significant barriers for most of our PI families, which continues to widen the educational and opportunity disparity gaps for our students and families. These barriers perpetuate to disengaged PI parents from seeking and obtaining the necessary academic services and resources for their children.
Providing the necessary adequate and culturally responsive services for our students and their families is VOPIN'S commitment to close the academic and opportunity disparity gaps.