(jōōn’yêr bōard) noun
- a youth governing body of community artists and organizers representing a specific high school and community within Hawaii.
- part of a movement, called the Junior Board Initiative, that inspires youth leaders to mobilize and govern action toward improving the quality of life within their own communities, committed to fostering the development of youth leaders as community muralists, grassroots community organizers and social entrepreneurs.
- a youth mentorship model created by graffiti artist, youth educator, and 808 Urban founder, John “Prime” Hina, as a means of addressing local issues with innovative tools for systemic, social transformation.
The 808 Junior Board Initiative is committed to fostering the development of youth leaders as community muralists, grassroots community organizers and social entrepreneurs. By building youth governing boards of community artists throughout high schools across Hawaii, 808 Urban works toward uplifting the voices of our juniors as leaders, educators, and role models in their communities. To cultivate community artists, 808 Urban incorporates critical thinking tactics that address local and global issues through comprehensive training curriculums and ongoing mentorships. By producing youth-led community events and mural projects, 808 Urban provides hands-on experience in grassroots organizing and responsible, creative expression. Our ultimate goal is to inspire our junior leaders to mobilize and govern action toward improving the quality of life within their own communities. Using art as the platform, the Junior Board Initiative develops Hawai’i’s youth into leaders, and leaders into contributing members of society.
Here are some of our past Junior boards.