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Marianas Variety, 21st May 2018

HONOLULU (Press Release) —  Hawai‘i’s leading conservation and youth education organization Kupu is pleased to announce the selection of its first Pacific Resiliency Fellows program cohort.

Mallory Muna and Jihan Younis of Saipan will be part of an inaugural class that includes 12 other conservation and sustainability professionals from American Samoa, Guam, Hawai‘i, Palau, and Rapa Nui. The goal of the program is to build local capacity in smaller island areas by developing and empowering rising leaders and social entrepreneurs who are working to build more sustainable and resilient communities.

We are excited to launch this innovative environmental fellows program,” said Kupu CEO John Leong. “The Pacific Resiliency Fellows is an opportunity to support rising local professionals currently working to enhance environmental, cultural, and community strength and well-being within their islands. These individuals are well-positioned to affect change, and together we will build more resilient and sustainable communities throughout the Pacific.”

After studying sustainability and environmental communications at Arizona State University, Mallory Muna returned home to join the CNMI Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality Division of Coastal Resources Management. As a communications specialist, she helps promote the division’s efforts and initiatives. She also coordinates their Coral Summer Internship and Watershed Warriors program, which develops Saipan-specific environmental curriculum for a local elementary school.  

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