Special Olympics Aukake Classic

The Special Olympics Aukake Classic is a 2-day event where more than 400 Coaches and Athletes from throughout the State participated. Competition includes a multi-division 5-a-side Soccer tournament, Individual Skills Soccer competition, and Traditional and Unified Bocce Doubles competition. SYL members volunteered at the Bocce Ball awards tent where they helped organize and handed out awards to the Athletes. Members had a great time getting to know the athletes and the nonprofit.

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Over 1,100 school supply kits packed for Oahu’s homeless students

It takes a village to raise a child and our “volunteer village” spent a weekend packing school supplies for local youth. In just two hours, more than 1,100 backpacks and bags were filled with more than $25,000 worth in school supply donations. The school supply kits will be distributed through the Hawaii State Department of Education and Aloha United Way nonprofit partners.

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SYL on Hawaii News Now

Mahalo to Hawaii News Now for supporting our Annual School Supply Drive. Last year we distributed over 1500 school supply kits to homeless keiki throughout Oahu and hope to do the same amount this year or even more. We believe that all children in our community should be provided adequate tools, resources and support to succeed in school. Our goal is to ensure that students are prepared for kindergarten, meet reading proficiency guidelines, transition successfully into middle school, graduate from high school on time and successfully enter college or the workforce.

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Annual School Supply Drive for Homeless Keiki

A small act of kindness can go along way, particularly when it comes to school supplies. We cannot expect students to be successful and meet educational expectations without the tools that they need to succeed. If you are able to do so, please donate school supplies in support of our drive.

Last year we gave over 1500 school supply kits to public school students in need and several non-profits like Partners In Development Foundation, who have a mobile pre-school in Waianae for homeless keiki.

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2nd Annual Knockerball Tournament Raises Over $10,000!

SYL’s 2nd Annual Knockerball Tournament had 16 teams go head-to-head in a double elimination bracket. The intensity of the tournament was at Level 100 and some teams even had a coach, manager and playbook.  The championship round was between Nordic PCL Construction vs. Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and it ended with a tie, 0-0. Both teams sent in their strongest players for sudden death and Nordic PCL won the duel!

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Visiting Chocolate on a Mission

Who doesn’t love chocolate? And who doesn’t love giving back? Well combine the two and you have Chocolate on a Mission, an organization that is owned by the nonprofit organization, River of Life Mission. The chocolate goodies that they make help them to help others. The organization has been open since 2011 and has a Head Chocolatier with over 20 years of experience. Not only do they make delicious chocolate treats, but they also provide job training and employment opportunities for men and women recovering from drug/alcohol addictions.

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Plant it Forward 2.0

On April 22, 2017, we teamed up with Hawaii Cares to clean and restore KEY Project’s Waihe’e Lo’i. Aunty Shelley and Kaipo shared the history and cultural importance of the lo’i, its significance in the community, and how it helps keiki (children) connect with nature. Before we stepped foot into the lo’i, we introduced ourselves and who we wanted to share this experience with. Aunty Shelley then said a prayer to help strengthen our spirits to Mother Nature.

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Volunteering at the Donor Remembrance Ceremony

Society of Young Leaders volunteered at the annual Donor Remembrance Ceremony hosted by Legacy of Life Hawai’i. This ceremony gathers friends and families to remember Hawai’i’s organ, tissue and eye donors  One of the highlights of the ceremony is the Monarch Butterfly Release, which allows each family to release a butterfly in remembrance of their loved one. Butterflies are released, symbolizing the release of the spirit and the transforming gift of donation. Thank you Legacy of Life Hawaii for having us.

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SYL General Membership Meeting

We had our first General Membership Meeting for 2017 this past January. It was great to connect with current SYL members and potential members. We shared with them our successes last year and our goals for this year. If you would like to attend the next General Membership Meeting or would like more information about how you can get involved with SYL please contact Kristane Gaspar. 

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2016 Knockerball Tournament

SYL held its first-ever Knockerball Tournament in 2016, and in total, raised over $4,000 for local charities. Proceeds from the tournament supported charities in the area of education, furthering SYL’s mission to engage the next generation of leaders in making Hawai’i a better place. “The Society of Young Leaders’ annual Knockerball Tournament offers young professionals an unconventional and exciting way to give back,” said Andrea Lum, board president, Society of Young Leaders. Want to participate in the 2017 Knockerball Tournament? Contact Kristane Gaspar for more information.

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Aloha United Way’s Society of Young Leaders and volunteers from across the island worked together today to prepare over 250 backpacks and over 375 kits of school supplies for local school children. The school supplies were collected during the Society of Young Leader’s Annual School Supply Drive, which took place June 15 to July 25, […]



On July 18th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, members of the Society of Young Leaders and Life 360 volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club at Barnes and Noble Ala Moana. At the event, Barnes and Nobles donated a portion of their day’s proceeds to the Spalding Boys and Girls Club. The students had a craft table, scavenger hunt, face painting, reading corner, and to end to end the day, a few dance performances choreographed by the very own students. Thank you so much to everyone who came out.

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