"I think just having role models, Pacific Islander role models, be there to help me out, and to show that there's other people like me... would help me and other students" (PI Student - Tofasaili Study or Community Survey).
The future of our PI communities is in the hands of our younger generations. Preparing our youth and young adults for the challenges and uncertainty of the future is vital for preserving our history and heritage. VOPIN has established ways to provide our youth and young adults with scholarship opportunities to flourish:
- Our Youth Board Membership project challenge and encourage high school and college students to serve on VOPIN's Board of Directors. Serving on the Board will allow youth members to gain skills in leadership, learn about their community, and make their voices on issues that influence their future. While serving on the Board, the youth member will receive a stipend for Board related activities. Upon completing a two-year commitment, they will receive an academic scholarship to the college/university or vocational training institution of their choice.
- Our Student Internship project was established to prepare and promote high school graduates and college students on their journey to a successful career path. It was designed to provide an opportunity for students with practical experience to grow professionally and plan for a successful career path. The project also includes structured learning, giving students experience with the responsibility for meeting timelines, making decisions, and working with others – all skills needed for success in the workplace. It also allows students to apply the four R's – rigor, relevance, relationships, and results!
The Student Internship project provides tuition assistance and/or compensation for participants. This internship project is not associated with or part of any federal or state student financial assistance programs and is a non-academic credit-earning program.
If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please complete the pre-application form, and a representative will contact you in a timely manner.