Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program on Shaping Sustainable Schools and Communities Sows Bumper Crop of Green Action Follow-on Projects

See what sprouted when youth from Southeast Asia came to the United States to learn about leadership, civic engagement, and local sustainability through the lens of “green schools.” Since returning home, the participants have channeled their learning and experiences into positive community action to promote green practices.

SEAYLP-Group-Photo_crop_WEBIn the fall of 2012, the East-WestCenter launched Leading Green: Shaping Sustainable Schools and Communities, a Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. To date, EWC has coordinated two exchanges in the United States for 61 youth and educators from the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The three-week-long exchanges offered took place in schools and communities in Hawai‘i; the San Francisco Bay Area; Washington, DC; and surrounding communities in Virginia.

new compressed pictureThrough hands-on activities focusing on civic education, leadership, diversity, and community engagement, the program provided opportunities for participants to interact with diverse Americans as they examined, through the lens of “green and sustainable schools and communities,” the principles of democracy and civil society. They also created Green Action Projects, described below and on the project website, which they have been implementing since their return home. By focusing on schools and their immediate community, participants have been able to practice leadership as they engage their peers and undertake positive community action to enhance their everyday environment.

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Announcing the New East-West Center Wall of Honor

Honor Someone … Assist Someone … Both with One Donation

Honor an East-West Center person who made a difference in your life by making a $100 donation to the East-West Center Wall of Honor in that person’s name. Honoree contributions go directly into the Alumni Endowment Fund for Student Scholarships so you can honor someone and help a new student embark on an EWC experience at the same time.

For more information go to http://www.eastwestcenter.org/support-the-ewc/giving-opportunities/wall-honor-program.

East-West Center Student Leader Receives Ann Dunham Scholarship

East-West Center Participants’ Association President Micah Fisher has been awarded an Ann Dunham Soetoro Graduate Scholarship, named in honor of President Obama’s mother.

Micah Fisher recieves the Ann Dunham Soetor scholarship from Dunham's UH graduate Anthropology advisor, Alice Dewey

” Micah Fisher recieves the Ann Dunham Soetoro scholarship from Dunham’s UH anthropology advisor, Alice Dewey

Fisher, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in geography at UH Manoa, received $1,000 from the Ann Dunham Soetoro Endowment, a collaborative effort of the university and EWC to support students who “represent Ann Dunham’s values and interests in nurturing understanding, engaging in community service, and promoting empathy to encourage global cooperation.”

“I very much look up to her as somebody that was deeply committed to Indonesia and admire her for her approach in conducting research, as well as her pragmatism in working with communities,” Fisher said of Dunham and her work. “These are all areas I hope to strive for in my studies and my work.”

Dunham, an anthropologist who studied village industries in Indonesia, received her  doctorate degree at UH Manoa on East-West Center grants. Continue reading

Joining Hands to Combat Human Trafficking in the Asia-Pacific

By APLP Fellows Loan T. Le from Vietnam and Amir Ramin from Afghanistan

(EWC Alumna Tin Myaing Thein, Executive Director of the Pacific Gateway Center, speaks about the problem of human trafficking. Immigration attorney Grace Michiko Nowicki (R) addressed the related legal issues.)

HONOLULU – On November 14, six fellows from the East-West Center’s Asia-Pacific Leadership Program (APLP), collaborated with the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) and the Pacific Gateway Center (PGC) in hosting the event, “Human Trafficking in Asia and the Pacific: Current Challenges and Future Prospects.” It was held at the Pacific Gateway Center’s headquarters in the Lemongrass Café in downtown Honolulu.
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Seeing America through the Eye of Hurricane Sandy

EWC international fellows take home lessons from the storm

Christina Monroe, EWC Education Project Specialist & Asia Pacific Leadership Program alumna

(APLP fellows in NYC during Hurricane Sandy witness resilience of the American people.)

It seemed the worst place to be on Oct 29th, but for fellows trying to understand America, New York City was the perfect spot.
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QUARTERLY GIVING MADE SIMPLE

Pre-authorized Debit Program for Your Donation

Would you like to see more students come to the East-West Center to take advantage of opportunities such as those you had?

Here is a simple, painless way to make that happen.  You can now have your donations to the East-West Center Foundation automatically debited or deducted from your checking or savings accounts each quarter.  This option is only available for U.S. bank accounts.

If you decide to have $90 taken from your bank account (savings or checking) every quarter (that’s $1 a day), you will have given $360 in a year, and in less than three years, you will have given $1,000!  Your name will go on a donor plaque at Burns Hall as a $1,000 Donor.  If you must discontinue the program before you reach $1,000, you can just notify the EWC Foundation office.

Sign up by going to the EWC Foundation website www.eastwestcenter.org/support-the-ewc, contacting the EWC Foundation at 808-944-7193 or by email Foundation@EastWestCenter.org

Sounds easy?  It is!  Some of us have already started on the Quarterly Debit Program.  Please join us today.  Thank you for your participation and generosity.

Larry Smith, co-chair

Tsue Ostermann, co-chair

EWCA Endowment Fund for Student Scholarships Committee

Get Together of Current EWC Participants in Hawai’i

On September 4th, 2011 Itsuko Suzuki (EWCA Alumni-Student Coordinator, ISI 62-64) and her family hosted a luncheon party at her home for the new EWC participants from Japan. The Tokyo Chapter leader and a chapter board member, Shigeo and Kazuko Tonoike, attended the party representing the EWCA Tokyo Chapter.

EWC Japanese Participants Luncheon Party Hawaii

(Japanese EWC students with Okinawan students' get together at Itsuko Suzuki's (seated in the middle) home in Hawai'i.)

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