`A`ALI`I Mentoring is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Hawaii that helps young adults from underserved communities navigate and persevere in higher education. Many young people from communities underrepresented in higher education face the typical challenges related to the transition to college and also daunting difficulties including academic, financial, familial, and personal hardships. They may not be aware or have access to financial, educational, and career resources and opportunities. As a result, many young people do not achieve their higher education goals.
With the support of a trained volunteer adult mentor, a young person can benefit from a non-judgmental, caring, and empathetic advocate. Mentors can share experiences, offer encouragement, and provide fresh perspectives. Mentors can also model leadership and interpersonal and executive-functioning skills -- essential competencies that enable young people to reach their full potential.
A`ali`i Mentoring aims to foster and cultivate mentoring relationships that support Hawaii’s young adults from under-resourced communities. With mentoring, young adults can persevere and reach their post-secondary educational, career and personal aspirations.
We envision a Hawaii where all young people — especially from lower income, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and first-generation immigrant communities — have broader educational and career options; where their greater economic stability and personal fulfillment leads to the narrowing of Hawaii’s socioeconomic divide; and where their contributions and leadership positively impact their communities and the state of Hawaii.
Respect, authenticity, collaboration, resourcefulness, and resilience are values that drive our mission and actions.
ʻŌlelo Noeau 507:
"He ʻaʻaliʻi kū makani mai au; ʻaʻohe makani nāna e kulaʻi"
I am a wind resisting ʻaʻaliʻi, no gale can topple me over.
The `a`ali`i is a hardy native plant revered for its resilience and beauty. `A`ali`i are known for thriving in adverse conditions and in a variety of elevations and environments. Our goal is for our Mentees to embody the strength of the `a`ali`i, confident in their ability to thrive.