Youth Empowerment & Success (YES) Hawai‘i is new program administered by Family Programs Hawai‘i, in partnership with EPIC ‘Ohana and the Department of Human Services."Empowering young people impacted by foster care."

Ohana is Forever Conference July 20th

The annual conference for youth and the child welfare professionals that serve them will be held on Friday, July 20th 2018 at the Ko’olau Ballroom in Kaneohe.  Current and former foster youth statewide, aged 14-26 are welcome to attend.  Click this link to register:  Register for Ohana is Forever

Are you eligible to attend? Only if you fit one of the criteria below:

  • Youth and young adults currently in foster care or Imua Kākou, ages 14 and older; 
  • Former foster youth who aged out of foster care at age 18 and are under age 27;
  • Former foster youth who were placed in legal guardianship at age 16 or older and who are under age 27; and
  • Former foster youth who were adopted at age 16 years or older and who are under age 27. 

How to Apply for Education and Training Voucher (ETV) funds for college students

ETV Applications for Fall 2018 will open on on May 1st


Do you need more money for education?
Does this sound like YOU:
 Between the ages of 18 -21 [or 22 if you received ETV $ when you were 21]
 Aged out of DHS Foster Care at 18 or older; or
 Adopted at age 16 or older from DHS foster care; or
 Legal guardianship to a relative at age 16 or older from DHS foster care.
 Attending an accredited institution of higher education in Fall 2018
 Continuing college student making satisfactory progress [“C” or better]
 Need more money for education and have a reasonable budget?

If this sounds like you, apply for ETV free Federal money – This is not a loan.
ETV Awards can go up to $5,000.00 per year – based on need.
Young adults in a DHS program like Imua Kakou (Extended Foster Care),
Extended Adoption or Guardianship Assistance, and Higher Ed may be eligible

Not sure if you may be eligible? File an application and DHS will figure out
if you are eligible. If you have questions or need help, contact your worker, GAL or
one of the Independent Living Providers listed below:
Kauai: Hale ‘Opio, 808-245-2873,
O‘ahu: Hale Kipa, 808-589-1829 ext. 251,
Maui: Maui Youth and Family Services, 808-579-8414,
Hawai‘I Island: The Salvation Army – Family Intervention Services, East
Hawai‘i: 808-959-5855, West Hawai‘i: 808-323-8174,

Application period opens: May 1, 2018
Last day to file an application: August 15, 2018

Students who plan to attend college in Fall 2018 should already file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and apply for scholarships.  If there is a gap between how much you have been awarded and how much you need to cover your tuition, books, supplies and expenses than ETV can help fill in this need.

Slide into Spring with YES!

Current and former foster youth on Oahu are invited to join us for a beach picnic with a giant inflatable slide on Saturday, April 21st from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.  We will be at Kalanianiole Beach Park in Nanakuli located at 89-269 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792.  Call us to RSVP! Details below…

Beach Day April 21

Career Fair in Honolulu March 28th

Looking for a job?  Polish your resume for the upcoming career fair at the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu.  Need help printing your resume or registering for free admission?  Any current or former foster youth can stop by the Family Programs Hawaii office (at 801 S King Street, just a block away from the Blaisdell Center) and YES staff can help.  Call Jen 384-8383, or email your resume