Voices of Pacific Island Nations

Closing the Academic and Opportunity Gaps for Pacific Islanders - Education + Wisdom = Endless Opportunities

KINGSTON, WA   |  www.vopin.org

Mission

The "Voices of Pacific Island Nations (VOPIN)" is committed to inspire Pacific Islander students and their families by providing culturally responsive academic services and resources to close the educational and opportunity gaps, and serve as a bridge to develop stronger relationships between schools, students, parents and community.

Ruling year info

2017

Interim Executive Director

Patrick Joseph Woo-Ching

Main address

PO BOX 878

KINGSTON, WA 98346 USA

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Formerly known as

Fetu Taiala Project

EIN

47-2497194

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Pacific Islander (PI) students have been overlooked in educational research. Their educational inequity in Washington State public schools is evident as far back as 1970. According to data published by various organizations, PI students are frequently at a disadvantage. They are more likely to come from families who are below the poverty level. A substantial number of students are not meeting the academic standards based on the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) state test. Their disciplinary rates are disproportionately high, relative to their total student enrollment. They have one of the highest chronic absenteeism rates and one of the highest dropout rates among students of color. The problem has plagued the Pacific Islander communities for decades and left unchecked, is likely to grow, potentially having a negative social and economic impact on our state and its affected communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Youth and Young Adults Leadership

The future of our Pacific Islander communities is in the hands of our younger generation. Preparing our youth and young adults for the challenges and the uncertainty of the future is fundamentally vital for our Pacific Islander communities' future and preserving our history and heritage. Developing and teaching confident and respectable young leaders our morals and values will establish a just society for all.

Population(s) Served

Our Arts and Culture programs are designed as a comprehensive approach to increasing students' engagement in school via cultural identity. It is also a way for our elders to engage and share their knowledge with our younger generation. It is a safe space of inclusion for our children, adults, and elders to interact with one another about the importance of our values and culture. Understanding one's heritage and history can expand an individual's knowledge of the world we live in.

Population(s) Served

"Family" is central to the fabric of Pacific Islander communities. The natural description of a family unit has evolved with time and circumstances. A single parent or a teenager with a child is a family unit. Imagine a teenager with a child or with children, with a host of stressors, trying to navigate the multiple systems to obtain services for her family.

Although there are limited data on PI teen pregnancy, it is undeniable that PI teenage pregnancy within the PI community continue to rise. The most difficult for a teenage mother is raising her child in an already overcrowded household with multiple family members and relatives. Family hardship within the PI community is another indicator or factor contributing to our students' lack of academic achievement. Providing the necessary adequate and culturally responsive services for our students and their families is VOPIN'S commitment to close the academic and opportunity disparity gaps.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The "Voices of Pacific Island Nations (VOPIN)" is committed to narrow the academic and opportunity disparities gaps for Pacific Islander students and their families by providing high quality and culturally responsive academic services and resources, and serve as a bridge to develop stronger relationships between schools, students, parents and community.

1. Parent and community engagement
2. Youth leadership development
3. Native arts and crafts programs
4. Learning through native language and culture

Parents and community involvement would be the key of achieving our goals. Pacific Islander students are proud of their cultural identity. When students understands their identity, it makes them feel proud of themselves which builds self-esteem. When students feel self confident, it increases their abilities to do well academically and they become better citizens.

Involving the parents and community would increase the connection between our PI students and their cultural identity. Most of our PI parents are first generation and are capable of teaching and sharing with our children the importance between culture and education.

The "Voices of Pacific Island Nations (VOPIN)" is an arts and crafts program that teaches and connect Pacific Islander (PI) students with the heritage and history. The VOPIN program allow PI students and have hands-on and lesson learning of their heritage and history. It gives PI students the opportunity to research the present and past history the Pacific societies.

The VOPIN program is on its second year of exhibition and demonstration of Pacific Nations arts and crafts with the public. The VOPIN program is an annual event during the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Financials

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Voices of Pacific Island Nations

Board of directors
as of 2/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Poasa Fa'aita

U.S. Navy Retire

Term: 2020 - 2022

Poasa Fa'aita

U.S. Navy Retired

Joy Lile

WA State Office of Superintendent of Public Instructions

Sharon Lee

Kitsap Regional Library System

Leslie Daugs

City of Bremerton

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/27/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native Hawaiian Other Pacific Islander

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