Hawai'i Green Collar Institute Spring 2022 Application
Aloha! This is an application for participation in the Hawai'i Green Collar Institute (HGCI) program coordinated by the Mālama Learning Center during the DOE Spring Break for West O'ahu high school students in grades 9-12. The program dates are March 14-18, 2022 (8:30am-12:30pm for the virtual orientation on March 14 and 8:30am-3:30pm for the remainder of the week; all in-person). This five-day spring break program will focus on, Community-Serving ‘Āina Careers in West O‘ahu. The goal is to expose local students to the breadth of "green" careers in Hawai'i through engaging learning experiences that build capacity and interest in environmental conservation. Each day will feature fun lessons, guest speakers, and hands-on activities that foster a connection to people and place. Huaka‘i (field trips) to ʻāina sites will be planned for this week (Tuesday, March 15 - Friday, March 18), but is subject to change depending on COVID-19 mandates and safety precautions at the time. We will accept qualified applications as we get them so best to apply early!

Please complete this application form using your own words and to the best of your ability. We will continue to recruit until the program is filled so best to apply early! There will be a $25 program fee due to Mālama Learning Center after notification of acceptance into this program to reserve your spot.

We will follow COVID-19 safety protocols, wearing a mask covering the nose and mouth for all parts of the week. For each person in this program, we will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test administered by an approved health clinic within 72 hours of Tuesday March 15, 2022. Mahalo for your understanding and cooperation as we work to keep our communities safe!

If you have any questions about the program, please email Chelsey Jay at chelsey@malamalearningcenter.org.

The Hawai'i Green Collar Institute is a program of the Mālama Learning Center with support from many partners. This session of HGCI is funded with generous financial support from Kamehameha Schools Kaulu Papahana Huakaʻi program.
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Email *
Last Name *
First Name *
Middle Name Initial *
Date of Birth *
Gender *
Physical Address (Street, City, Zipcode) *
Phone Number (Best way to reach you) *
Are you native Hawaiian? (Voluntary response)
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High School Attending *
Grade Level *
Tell us a little about where you live, describe the community you live in. *
If you could improve one environmental concern within your community (natural resource management, climate change, food sustainability, etc.), what would it be? Why? *
What "green" or aloha 'āina activities have you participated in? Please describe what you did and how you felt about it. *
What are some of your long-term goals? What do you plan on doing after your graduate high school? *
Why do you want to participate in HGCI Spring 2022? What do you hope to gain from this learning experience? *
Do you have any plans that would conflict with your full participation in the program, which will be conducted on March 14-18, 2022 (8:30am-12:30pm for the virtual orientation on March 14 and 8:30am-3:30pm for the remainder of the week; all in-person)? Yes/No. If Yes, please explain. *
Do you have access to internet and a device at home to do online-based work? Please explain any extenuating circumstances. *
This program will require various forms of physical participation (sun/rain exposure, dust, pollen, hiking on uneven terrain, getting dirty, etc.) for in-person huakaʻi (field trips). Do you have any health, dietary, or other conditions that would need to be accommodated? Yes/No. If Yes, please list any accommodations you would need. *
Are you able to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative COVID test within 72 hours of March 15? A photo or physical copy of these documents accompanied with a photo ID shown or evidence from the Hawai'i SMART Health Card upon arrival of the event will be sufficient. Check the appropriate box. *
I certify that all of the statements made in this application are true to the best of my knowledge. (Type out your full name) *
For applicants under 18 years of age, please have an adult fill out their full name, contact information, and their relationship to you in this section. *
If you are accepted into the program, you will be required to pay a program fee of $25 to reserve your spot. Will this program fee pose a financial burden on you or your family? If Yes, please explain. *
You will be notified by March 4, 2022, on whether or not you are selected for this program. If you are selected, please be sure to reserve the following dates: March 14-18, 2022. An itinerary and instructions for the week will be sent to you shortly after notification of your acceptance into this program so please check your email regularly. Do you have any questions for us?
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