Islands Society Seeks Big Island Students to Interview Senior Policymakers on Insular Affairs – 5/10/16

The Islands Society is proud to announce that it will be providing high school and college students in Hawaii County, Hawaii with the opportunity to interview senior policymakers and subject matter experts on insular affairs.

Students selected for the program will receive mentorship on how to conduct expert interviews from experienced journalists and policy analysts. Following publication of their interviews on Island Voices, they will also receive mentorship on how to promote their work from experienced marketing managers.

“The Islands Society is committed to inspiring and empowering high school and college students in Hawaii County, Hawaii to improve the quality of life in their local communities by participating in international affairs,” says Cheryl Walsh, Managing Director of Public Relations at the Islands Society. “This program is designed to provide students in East Hawaii, North Hawaii, and West Hawaii with the opportunity to showcase their talents as scholars and journalists on the world stage.”

The Islands Society is now soliciting nominations. Those interested in nominating a high school student or college student on the Big Island should contact Keiko Ono, Managing Director of the Pacific Islands Society, at

About Islands Voices

Island Voices is a blog published by the Islands Society. It features weekly interviews with thought leaders from around the world on insular affairs. The blog is intended to provide senior policymakers and community leaders with a platform to share their perspectives on the most important policy issues impacting island communities. It is also designed to provide a new mechanism through which women, minorities, veterans, and young leaders in island communities can showcase their talents as scholars and journalists.


About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is a “Top-Rated” American 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 therefore 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 Baltic Islands Society, Caribbean Islands Society, Inland Islands Society, Pacific Islands Society, Ritō Society, and Sea Islands Society.


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