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Islander Elevation is a Virtual Village specifically dedicated to support Pacific Islanders in three key areas:

1. Economy

What you’ll find on IE:

  • Community Support (for your profession and/or for your business)
  • Finding Jobs
  • Resources to improve your career
  • Events Calendar

The U.S.Census Bureau estimated between the year of 2007-2011 the number of NHPI who lived in poverty increased 56% (roughly 140,000 people) and the number of NHPI who were unemployed increased 123%. Both of these rates are higher than any other racial group in the U.S.

2. Education

What you’ll find on IE:

  • School Scholarships
  • Professional Development
  • Skills Workshops

According to ACT reports, 81% NHPI students aspire to obtain a Bachelor’s degree or higher. 66,000 NHPI students enrolled in college, while 59,000 of them enrolled in two-to-four-year schools to pursue undergraduate degrees. However, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, only 18% of NHPI have a Bachelor’s degree,a rate that we can identify with other minorities in the U.S.

3. Empowerment

What you’ll Find on IE:

  • Inspirational stories in our community
  • Opportunities to help other Pacific Islanders
  • Specific information pertinent to our Pacific Island lands and people

NHPI owned businesses increased 30% between 2002-2007, and of those businesses 40% of them are owned by women; which are both growing rates higher than the national averages according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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