Nominate a Friend of Youth
The Youth, Human and Civil Rights Committee is pleased to announce:
HSTA will honor a community member who has been making contributions to our
children. The “Friend of Youth Award” nominations are due on January 15,
2014 at 4 p.m. at HSTA. There are many wonderful people to recognize. Be
sure to nominate your favorite person!
Meet some past honorees:
2013 HSTA FRIEND OF YOUTH
Rose A. Ah Sing Yamada
Since her retirement in 1995, Rose A. Ah Sing Yamada continues her commitment as a lifetime educator by working tirelessly for the youth of Molokai. She advocates social justice, equity, and equal access for all students. She does this by securing the necessary funding for programs, her direct involvement, and by participating in policy decision-making and publishing. Rose’s skills and heart support Molokai youth, many of whom live in areas that are economically and socially disadvantaged. Over a period of three decades, Rose has leveled the playing field by making learning programs accessible to all young people. In addition, Rose’s programs target the individual learning styles of children and give them the confidence to attain their goals. “There is so much we don’t know about learning. We can’t be shutting doors on learners, ” Rose said.
Mervin Dudoit is HSTA’s Friend of Youth. He was presented with the award at the 2012 HSTA Convention.
“Working with Ohana is really good,” Uncle Merv said. For more than 20 years, Uncle Mervin Dudoit has treated thousands of Hawaii’s youth like family by providing a warm and welcoming way to share his knowledge of ancient fish ponds, Hawaiian culture, and connecting these concepts with a sustainable future. Uncle Merv’s lessons take his students to remote and sacred locations on Molokai. The powerful and transformative opportunity for his young stewards is life changing.
Mahalo to Mervin Duoit for his selfless giving to Hawaii’s youth.
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