Pacific Islanders face many challenges in areas such as education, health, economic development, immigration, and civil rights. For our communities, education is a central source of empowerment. With Pacific Islanders faring far worse than the general population in most socio-economic indicators, the disparity in educational attainment between Pacific Islanders and their counterparts has greater implications in the lives of our families and children. What do we need to do to change this trend and empower positive change for our Pacific Islander families?
Pacific Islander Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT) is a culture-based and community-focused leadership empowerment and development program created to increase the number of emerging leaders in the Pacific Islander community. The PILOT Institute will deliver content that will provide the context for the scholar leaders who will emerge from the program as advocates and champions on behalf of our community.
The PILOT Institute is comprised of a five-day Institute, followed by monthly workshops in the subsequent semester. Through PILOT, 15-20 Pacific Islander undergraduate students will acquire the awareness, motivation, skills, network, and resources needed to become community advocates. Attendance for the full five-day summer institute is required.
COMPONENTS OF PILOT
• Five-day institute for knowledge, skills, and network development
• Once a month workshop throughout remainder of subsequent semester (4 months)
(2) COMMUNITY PRACTICUM
• In groups, leaders will develop a workshop focused on the importance of leadership in creating change in the Pacific Islander community for high school students.
• Each student will be matched up with a mentor who is a Pacific Islander professional.
• With the guidance of mentors, students will finish the program with a resume and a 5-year plan.
Currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at a community college or four-year university
Be of Pacific Islander descent
Interested in making a difference in the Pacific Islander community
December 16, 2013 APPLICATIONS DUE!
December 16 – 22, 2013 Fall 2013 Class Selection Process
December 23, 2013 Fall 2013 Class Announced
PROGRAM DATES: January 6 – 10, 2013 PILOT Summer Institute - PILOT Summer Institute will be held Monday – Friday, January 6-10, 8am – 4pm at a local university.
PILOT INSTITUTE AGENDA
Day 1: Who We Are: Pacific Islander Culture & History
Navigating our shared cultural values that determine our priorities, pathways, and direction.
Exploring our history as it relates to that of the United States.
Day 2: Where We Are Now: State of Community in U.S. & Policy Priorities
Understanding how our community is faring as we strive for the livelihood of our families.
Learning the priorities that our communities are lending their voices to.
Day 3: Why We Need This Now: Political Education & Advocacy
Understanding systems and structures and the movement of power.
Connecting the communities’ priorities to action that influence policies in systems.
Day 4: What We Need To Do: Leadership & Professional Development
Refining personal assets as tools for success in the classroom, career path, and community involvement.
Day 5: Who I Need To Take With Me: Community Practicum Overview & Mentor Match Ups
ANY QUESTIONS, please contact Chris Vaimili, Program Coordinator – cvaimili@empoweredPI.org
PILOT Program was developed and delivered through the following collaborative partners: Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC), National Pacific Islander Educator Network (NPIEN), Pacific Islander Education and Retention (PIER-UCLA), Pacific Islands Center for Educational Development (PICED), TOA Institute, Tongan American Youth Foundation (TAYF), and Tongan Community Service Center (TCSC-SSG).