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Thanks and reflections on 2019

With 2019 winding down, on behalf of all of us at 50CAN, I wanted to thank you for your support and share a few highlights from a year of hard work and great successes advocating for America’s kids:

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The most important voices in Hawaii are the ones heading back to school

To make sure Hawaii’s students and teachers have a chance to lead, last year HawaiiKidsCAN launched WAVE – a program that empowers both students and teachers to learn advocacy tactics, craft policy proposals, and submit their recommendations to the legislature and Board of Education.

We’re excited to share the perspectives of four student leaders from this program with you – Pua Olena Torres, Dyson Chee, Camron Johnson-Lee and Phoenix Maimiti Valentine – on the eve of their new school year.  Pua, Dyson, Camron and Phoenix are pursuing their education in diverse ways – at a traditional public, at a charter high school and in homeschooling environments. All of them, however, are emblematic of the incredible individuals in the WAVE Youth Program who all have a desire to see a more just and equitable state, country and world.