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.
Our service project for March was to help clean up YMCA Camp Erdman. About 25 SYL members and their friends painted cabins and cleared hiking trails. We had a great time getting to know the staff and volunteers from other organizations.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
On May 21st from 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM, members of the Society of Young Leaders volunteered with the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association for the Visitor Industry Charity Walk on Oahu. We met at Ala Moana to help with the checking in process.
On Friday evening SYL members and their guests, raised approximately $950 for the Hawaii Opera Theater. We sang karaoke, enjoyed each other’s company and raised money for a great cause. The cost for entry was $20 and all attendees were given free food and unlimited karaoke for the time of the event. Thank you very much to Hawaii KTV Voice and Loung for hosting the event and sponsoring the karaoke and food.
On a Friday night SYL members and their guests, organized a fundraiser to benefit, YO! House. Since 1989, Hale Kipa and the Waikiki Health Center have been providing services to runaway and homeless youth and young adults on Oahu through the Youth Outreach (YO) program. The program provides street outreach, drop-in services, case management, counseling, and health/medical services to street/street-identified youth on a referral and walk-in basis.
DID YOU KNOW
- The estimated number of homeless in Oahu is 4,903 (4% increase from 2014)
- The number of unsheltered homeless has increased 19% since 2014
- 2,340 people (48%) are families with children
- 1,319 (26% of Oahu’s homeless) are children under 18
- The face of homelessness includes many hard working and driven individuals
SYL volunteered by painting the Hawaii Fi-Do house and landscaping the premises. It was a very rewarding experience to do a small part to help people who are doing such great things for our community. We can only imagine how much positivity these dogs must bring their owners, because in the short amount of time that we spent with the dogs, they already lifted our spirits as you can tell by all the pictures below.
Every first Saturday of the month AccesSurf brings the community and their resources together to empower adults and children with disabilities to enter the water. With the help of swimmers, surfers, land cruisers, and adapted equipment, hundreds of people gather for an all day event, lifting bodies and spirits as they provide water therapy and assisted swimming/surfing to participants. AccesSurf is a unique nonprofit that gives hope and an opportunity to live a life without barriers. Rain or shine, their motto is to have a fun and memorable experience, for volunteers and participants alike.
Burn’N Love was an incredible show and Leo Days, was a great entertainer with an amazing voice. Even if you aren’t a fan of Elvis’ music, you will still be treated to great entertainment. If you are an Elvis fan then you will absolutely love it! Our SYL members had a fun time, rocking out to all of these great songs.
Lanakila Pacific is a non profit organization that does much more than just Lanakila Meals on wheels, but also provides teaching and learning centers. On this day we only volunteered with Lanakila Meals on wheels. The purpose of this service is more than just bringing a nutritious meal, but to serve as a connection for our elderly, helping them maintain their independence in their own homes.
Aloha United Way’s Society of Young Leaders will be paid ‘visits’ to unsuspecting companies, businesses and charities across the island with ‘tasty’ treats from some of our favorite partners as part of our Random Acts of Aloha. Mahalo to Brio Ice Cream for sponsoring the promotion.