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Lead for Hawaiʻi fellowship offers young professionals a public service experience on Big Island

Lead for America

At first glance, Lead for America might look like every other public service corps program. But Lead for America has a specific mission: provide talented young folks with paid fellowship opportunities in their hometowns. So far, the program has placed fellows in over 150 communities, including Hawaiʻi Island. But what does the fellowship actually entail?

The Conversation spoke with two Big Island fellows, Paka Davis and Janice Hata, who are working with the Hawaiʻi County Planning Department to review the county’s General Plan. Their host, Planning Director Zendo Kern, also joined the discussion. Davis said the fellowship offered the perfect chance to return home to Hawaiʻi.

Are you interested in applying to Lead for Hawaiʻi? Click here for more information. This interview aired on The Conversation on April 13, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Savannah Harriman-Pote is the energy and climate change reporter. She is also the lead producer of HPR's "This Is Our Hawaiʻi" podcast. Contact her at sharrimanpote@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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