ACCESS Engagement offers numerous service-learning opportunities - from large programs to individual site placements, from a few to more than hundred hours per semester. Check out the general list - learn about the larger programs below.
Work with elders and stewards of the land to care for Native Hawaiian cultural sites, protect native ecosystems and to learn about sustainability and food security from an indigenous perspective. Activities primarily take place on weekends and some weekday mornings, but individual schedules can be arranged. See MINA and the MINA factsheet.
Support the education pipeline and community building by Pacific Islanders and Southeast Asian youth and their families – many recent immigrants. You can work at one of numerous partner sites in Pālolo Valley. Our key partners include the local public schools (Pālolo Elementary, Jarrett Middle, and Kaimukī High Schools), and the Pālolo housing areas, including Mutual Housing of Hawaiʻi, the Pālolo ʻOhana Learning Center, garden and canoe projects, family- and teen programs. Creativity welcome! See our PPP factsheet for additional information and training dates.
Support dignity for the houseless. We work with houseless and their service providers at many levels. Tasks include, but are not limited to: mentoring and tutoring children and youth, serving meals, and caring for urban food gardens. Our community partner sites include the Institute of Human Services (IHS) in Kalihi and a canoe-building project in Waimānalo. Some schedules are flexible. See the general program listing below.
Help improve living conditions for Pacific native and immigrant groups in Hawaiʻi – primarily by challenging racism and discrimination and improving health, education, housing, and employment – working with one of our many partner community groups, organizations, agencies, and institutions across Oʻahu. The two student leaders in charge of our Ka Holo Waʻa program (run in collaboration with the Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy) are voyagers on their own: Kat Lobendahn (also Oceanic Connections pathway leader) and Junior Coleman (also canoe carver trained by Mau Piailug). See our general program listing below and the KHW factsheet for additional information.
Assist groups engaged in making social change and learn about political and social processes. Several programs and projects offer opportunities to work with both government agencies and institutions as well as community organizations and groups dedicated to social change and social movement documentation projects – such as KANU Hawaiʻi, the Hawaiʻi Peoples Fund, Community Alliance on Prisons/Life of the Land, Local 5/Aikea, SHINE and Hawaiʻi Peace and Justice. See our general program listing and the SHINE factsheet for additional information. See our general program listing and the SHINE factsheet for additional information.
We work with a number of institutions, agencies, and organizations island-wide via established community partnerships, including special programs for youth around the islands. Individually designed projects on Oʻahu and (for online students) beyond, can also be arranged. We have recently added documentation programs, such as the Oral History for Social Change program. See our general program listing below and contact us to explore your options.