In May, we reached another milestone when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer vaccine to be administered to keiki aged 12-15. According to data provided by the Hawai‘i Department of Health, statewide youth ages 12-17 is estimated to be a population of 97,148. Currently, 72.5 percent of this population have initiated vaccination and 59.1 percent are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. There are many factors and barriers that contribute to lower vaccination rates among keiki and some of the best ideas for outreach and overcoming those barriers come from youth and community members like you.  

In partnership with the Hawai’i Afterschool Alliance, we are excited to announce the Vaccination Outreach for Hawai‘i Students by which we will be offering mini-grants to empower students, adult allies, and community-based organizations in Hawai‘i to conduct activities that will increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations, information, and resources. Small teams and groups are encouraged to submit an application for innovative activities that serve students aged 12-18 years old and their families. Mini-grants ranging from $100-$2,000 will be awarded for activities that will take place until November 29, 2021. This project is funded by the Public Goods Project through Kaiser Permanente. 

Mini-grants are an easy way for students and community-based organizations to receive funds for new or existing activities to raise awareness for and encourage COVID-19 vaccination. Examples of activity ideas could include: 

  • creation and distribution of materials
  • events that bring students and families together for safe discussion
  • digital campaigns sharing stories 
  • guest speakers/trainings

Those interested in learning more can click here and those ready to apply can click here. If you have any questions about the mini-grant program, please contact the Project Manager, Michelle at