The Change Academy (TCA) is a "unique" immersive leadership learning opportunity for globally minded high school youth from Japan and Hawaii, allowing them to meet together for a couple of weeks on the Hawaiian islands of Oʻahu, Big Island and Kauaʻi during the summer.
TCA emphasizes ‘āina-based education which is grounded through ‘āina, which encompasses the land, ocean, air, and all living things. Through ‘āina-based approaches, TCA participants can deepen their relationship with the natural environment, cultivate connections within their communities, and build critical skills that can be applied to real-world issues. This experienced-based learning and knowledge sharing offers participants the opportunity to engage in holistic, place-based solutions that can address 21st century social, economic, and environmental challenges. ‘Āina-based education can help to instill a sense of kūleana (responsibility) to mālama (care for) people, place, and planet.
By bridging indigenous wisdom to modern day science, technology, and policy, and building on over a thousand years of systems-thinking and aloha ‘āina, we hope that TCA participants gain knowledge and solutions that are globally relevant to support a balanced and thriving relationship between the land, people and economy, and TCA participants can develop the passion, skills, and stewardship ethic needed to be the next generation of leaders for island earth.
TCA's target audiences are youth, their parents, school teachers, and other NPO.