Islands Society Making Waves with Members of Congress – 10/05/15

Honolulu, Hawaii — Congresswoman Aumua Amata (American Samoa) has issued a press release in which she “applauds” the Islands Society for its work to inspire and empower islanders in Hawaii, the U.S. Pacific territories, and Compact of Free Association countries to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagement. Specifically, she recognized the nonprofit’s efforts to increase the involvement of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in American foreign policy and public diplomacy.

“I am always encouraged whenever I learn of new organizations whose mission is to help promote and assist Pacific Islanders in achieving their goals,” said Amata. “It is the work of these organizations that has helped many of our people reach higher and do more than they ever thought possible, and I encourage our young people to get involved and take advantage of the opportunities that groups like the Islands Society provide.”

“As we move forward into the 21st Century and the world grows smaller through technology, we must make sure that our young people have the tools and opportunities that will help propel them into leadership positions and the knowledge necessary to compete on a global scale. The Islands Society is another valuable asset that can help empower our people and I want to thank them for the hard work they do,” added Amata.

Over the last two years, the Islands Society has worked hard to establish itself as one of the leading organizations working to engage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as active participants in foreign affairs. Much of this work has been undertaken by the Pacific Islands Society – the nonprofit’s constituent society based in Honolulu, Hawaii. In fact, Congresswoman Aumua’s remarks represent the latest in a series of endorsements of the Pacific Islands Society by senior policymakers and young leaders on foreign policy.

“We are very grateful and honored to have the continued support from members of Congress,” says Keiko Ono, Managing Director of the Pacific Islands Society. “We believe the ongoing support from political leaders from American Samoa and beyond will help us to conduct community diplomacy through wider and more inclusive strategic dialogues with island communities. We therefore truly appreciate the public support of members of Congress – particularly those from Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific territories. They affirm that we are continuing to make progress towards our goal of ensuring that all islanders have the opportunity to realize their full potential on the world stage.”

More Information

To read Congresswoman Amata’s publc statement in full, see her website. To learn more about the Islands Society, see our website.

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities. The nonprofit develops and implements projects that are designed to help islanders realize their full potential on the world stage. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists. To implement these programs, the nonprofit has launched local constituent societies around the world. These include the Pacific Islands Society, Baltic Islands Society, Sea Islands Society, Arctic Islands Society, Caribbean Islands Society, and East Asian Islands Society.

About the Pacific Islands Society (PacSoc)

The Pacific Islands Society is the oldest and most active of the Islands Society’s constituent societies. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities.To fulfill its mission, PacSoc has developed and implemented a number of high-profile community and next generation programs for women, minorities, and the next generation of leaders. These include Local Female Leaders in the Pacific, Pacific Next Generation Artists, Pacific Security Scholars, and Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament. The society has also attracted a strong community of supporters. At present, its Facebook page is followed by almost 4,000 users from across the Pacific and beyond.

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