Creative Media Course
Jayna has been co-leading and facilitating the Creative Media Course every January for the past 3 years at the University of the Nations. This 3 month course that gives students the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals from a variety of creative fields while practicing with real-world media projects with a mission focus. Students get hands-on experience in a wide range of communication skills and learn timeless principles needed to make an impact in the world through creative media. Jayna works full-time mentoring and training students, in both technical and personal development. Jayna teaches photoshop and internet marketing during the course.
Water Conservation & Development at YWAM Kona
The YWAM/University of the Nations Kona campus has a limited water supply from the county and are unable to progress with development plans on campus for more student/staff housing until water consumption is reduced significantly. Utilizing his experience in water system planning and design, Jono has been working on water conservation initiatives. From January to March 2021 he together with an engineer from Alaska designed and built a rain catchment system for the Ohana Court facility. A dedicated piping system was installed from the tank to the 8 toilets in the adjacent restroom allowing rainwater to be used to flush the toilets. The system has the potential to save over 150,000 L (40,000 gallons) of water every year.
Word By Heart Course
From September to December 2022, Jayna and her 12 year old daughter Anaya, attended Word By Heart. This course trains storytellers to bring the words of Jesus to life by bridging cultures and languages. Word By Heart is a program used to “rememberize” scriptures. Anaya is able to ‘re-tell’ by heart the equivalent of an entire gospel and enjoys presenting at any opportunities that arises. The course was integrated into Anaya’s academic schooling and incorporated history, spelling and social studies.
Stewardship and Sustainability
Jono had the opportunity to serve as a volunteer with the 12 week Stewardship & Sustainability School that ran on location at the YWAM Kona Natural Farm from April 2022 to June 2022. The objective of the school is to empower students to help break the roots of poverty and bring gospel-inspired transformation to people and their land through fostering growth in communities by walking through the topics of sustainable healthy food, energy sources, clean water, safe shelter, and basic sanitation. Jono helped facilitate the weekly community development sessions based upon the book ‘When Helping Hurts’ and taught on appropriate technologies during the water & sanitation week. Jono created the video below of the first half of the program.
Creative Media Internship
Over the summer 2022, Jayna led a 3 month creative media internship. Students from the creative media course applied skills learned in lecture phase to real projects. Serving YWAM Kona, the local community, and local mission organizations through storytelling, film, digital communication and photography. Students worked on the film ‘Beyond The Island’, an impactful documentary about a mother in Papua New Guinea who chooses survival for her children as she faces devastating sorrows. Students conducted many interviews and edited various music and promo videos. Jayna facilitated the internship, from organizing housing, schedule, projects and budget, to mentoring students in skills and personal development.
Water Metering Initiative
In August 2022 Jono began a water metering initiative utilizing an innovative water metering product designed in California, called Bluebot, that simply clamps onto the outside of a pipe and uses ultrasonic technology to measure the flow rate. The Bluebot connects to Wi-Fi and provides live flow rates and historical water use through a mobile app. A total of 38 Bluebots have been installed across the 20 irrigation zones, 12 buildings for staff and student housing, and 5 campus facilities. The Bluebot will send an alert if water is flowing for extended periods, or running in high volumes. Already thousands of liters/gallons of water are being saved every day on campus.
University of the Nations
The University of the Nations is a Christian university with the aim to train students in every sphere of society with a Christian Biblical worldview. To develop students’ character and technical skills. YWAM’s University of the Nations (UofN) operates in 650 locations in 160 countries, providing programs in approximately 100 languages around the world. Students take only one 12-unit school per quarter. This gives our students an in-depth understanding of that subject. Each week, the school focuses on a different theme within that subject, instructed by international speakers who are respected within their fields. Each school is typically followed by an internship or cross-cultural field assignment to give immediate application of what was learned. All staff with the UofN are volunteer and most staff meet their financial needs by partnering with friends and churches who support their ministry.