The Highly Engaged Learning Placement (HELP) program is part of the high impact student employment initiative at the Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC) at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Funded by our AANAPISI grant, HELP enables Pacific Islander students at UH Hilo to create meaningful employment opportunities that impact their education while fulfilling a need in the Pacific Islander communities on campus, Hawaii, or throughout the Pacific Island regions.
Guided by the University’s mission and strategic plan pertaining to experiential learning as implemented by the Office of Applied Learning Experiences (ALEX), the HELP program focuses on creating experiential learning opportunities for Pacific Islander students at UH Hilo. Because our students struggle financially, the HELP transforms unpaid internships into actual paid positions funded by the AANAPISI grant, coordinated through the PISC, and administered through the Research Corporation of University of Hawaii (RCUH). This enables our Pacific Islander students to enhance their academic background with a community-based position.