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 fundamentally vital for preserving our history and heritage. Our 'Youth Board Member' is one of VOPIN's scholarship programs to challenge and encourage our high school and college students to serve on our Board of Directors, learn and experience leadership opportunities, and have their voice represented on issues affecting their cohorts and the community.
While serving on the Board, the youth board member will receive a stipend for Board related activities. Upon completing a two-year commitment, he/she will receive an academic scholarship to the college/university or vocational training institution of their choice.
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.