Volunteering allows cohort fellows to contribute their unique professional skillsets and experiences to local nonprofits and startups while learning about Hawaii from community leaders in a reciprocal relationship.
- Skill-based team projects of 15 hours per month for two months with our volunteer partner organizations, local nonprofits and startups
- Various mentoring opportunities
Cohort 1 Volunteer Partner Organizations
Local Non-Profit Partners
Startup / Accelerator Partners
Past Project Highlights
Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association and Native Hawaiian Chambers of Commerce:
Created a statewide online Native Hawaiian business directory.
Supported an artist accelerator program while helping with website development and a CRM system.
The Pantry by Feeding Hawaii Together:
Helping with CRM, marketing, and partnership development to help expand.
Chamber of Commerce Hawaii and the Hawaii State Department of Education:
Collaboration on the Hanai-A-Classroom program where our fellows mentored local high school students.
Work Now Hawaii:
Assisted with creating employment opportunities for diverse communities and underserved populations.
Girls Scouts of Hawaii:
Developed a virtual badging program and assisted with a capital campaign for the recently constructed STEM Center for Excellence.
Ongoing Contributions to Hawaii
,A lot of the “magic” happens after the cohort program has facilitated deep professional and personal relationships:
DBEDT / Nexrep collaboration: hundreds of remote jobs for Hawaii residents expected to be created by end of 2021
From Pacific Business News (9/17/21):
For NexRep CEO Teddy Liaw, the goal has always been to make remote work distant, but not foreign.
Liaw, a fellow of the original cohort of Movers and Shakas, was one of the driving forces behind a pilot state government hiring initiative, the Hawaii Remote Work Project, that aims to set up people in the Islands with work-from-home call center jobs within the U.S.
The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, and the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations are working in conjunction on the site. NexRep is one of a few national business partners with the project.
Exelon remote internships for Waipahu High students: paid summer internships with a Washington, D.C.-based cybersecurity company
From Civil Beat (6/24/21):
Movers & Shakas, which has brought dozens of digital nomads to work in the islands, asks members to give back to the community by volunteering in a service-oriented project, including mentoring students.
Charles Salas, a Washington, D.C.-based security engineering manager at Exelon Corp., who came to Hawaii as part of the initiative in mid-February, called it a “win-win” for his company after he was able to convert his mentorship of students at Waipahu High into the creation of paid virtual internships for two of them.