It's a wrap! Our first Lilo Mentorship Program cohort is in the books.
On October 19th, our mentees presented on a community issue of their choice and discussed their personal and professional goals with their mentors, our Mentorship Committee, and a handful of guests, including UH Professor Constancio Paranal, life coach Cynthia Yamasaki, and attorneys Sergio Alcubilla and Jennifer Yamanuha.
It was so inspiring to hear how these up-and-coming leaders -- proud Kahauiki Village residents and Moanalua High School students -- want to help make Hawaii a better place by uplifting our homeless population, creating more affordable homes, and reducing plastic waste.
Our mentees received guidance from a group of generous and talented mentors, including David Saka (a realtor and former collegiate golfer), Julie Matsunaga (a registered nurse at the Kapiolani Medical Center), John Doyle (a cybersecurity professional with the Department of Defense), and Jojo Abuan (a paramedic with the City & County of Honolulu).
The Lilo Mentorship Program began in June 2019, with workshops on self-discovery, personal branding, and resume building at the offices of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, in downtown Honolulu. From July to October, the mentors and mentees met at Kahauiki Village to discuss their goals, build a resume, and collaborate on possible solutions for community issues.
The October 19th session was a end-cap celebration reception for the program. All of our mentors and guests left the session inspired by our mentees, who have faced so much adversity in their young lives.
Our foundation, with a matching donation from an anonymous donor, awarded the mentees' family a scholarship of $500, which will be used on the mentees' future education expenses.
Congrats to our mentees! Thank you to our mentors, guests, and continued supporters! We look forward to continuing our mission to empower future difference makers.