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."

The Power of Art!

Mahalo to the artists and poets who participated in the YES! workshop on Friday, July 20th 2018 at the Ohana is Forever Conference.  Here is a sample of what was created.  The task was to create a piece of art that represents the artist’s foster care experience.

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The Power of Art!

Mahalo to the artists and poets who participated in the YES! workshop on Friday, July 20th 2018 at the Ohana is Forever Conference.  Here is a sample of what was created.  The task was to create a piece of art that represents the artist’s foster care experience.  (Names have been obscured for confidentiality)

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Surfrider Spirit Sessions Fall 2018

Our friends at Surfrider Spirit Sessions are looking for young people interested in free surf lessons with a mentor.  Details below…

Spirit Sessions – A Surf Mentoring Program
Spirit Sessions is an adult mentoring for at-risk, vulnerable and adjudicated youth, ages 10-17, on Oahu that utilizes surfing as a metaphor to support youth in making healthier choices and choosing better pathways to success. (Please note that spaces are limited.)
Our FREE 8-week experiential program applies a unique curriculum that combines surfing, adult and peer mentoring, Hawaiian cultural lessons, life skills training, and eco-therapy and environmental stewardship to teach youth new ways of thinking.
Enrollment:
Enrollment is simple. Fill out and submit an application signed by the youth’s parent or legal guardian. Send completed applications to:

PO Box 1677, Kailua, HI 96734 or email to sam@surferspirit.org.
Applications are due August 24th.
To request  an application contact sam@surferspirit.org or visit our website at www.surferspirit.org.
Spirit Sessions is free to qualified boys and girls, but space is limited. Youth will need their own transportation
to and from our sessions In Waikiki. Youth are accepted on a first-come, first-serve bases. Enroll now and save your space on the beach.
 
Join us for a pre-session orientation for youth, parents and referral agents on August 22, 3:30-4:30 pm, 902 Alder Street, Honolulu, 96814. Parking is available. Call 593-1718 for directions or to RSVP.
Session Information:
Where:
We meet at Canoe’s in Waikiki by the Duke Kahanamoku statue (next to the Moana Surfrider Hotel on Kalakaua Avenue).
When:
Sessions are held for 8 consecutive Saturdays, Sept. 1 – October 20. Boys and Girls meet at different times, either morning or afternoon. A schedule will be finalized by late August.
What to Bring:
Rashguards, surfboards, mentors, lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please bring a towel, comfortable water attire, and a great attitude.
For questions or more information call 593-1718 or email connie@surferspirit.org.
Surfrider Spirit Sessions / 808-593-1718

The Power of Art!

Mahalo to the artists and poets who participated in the YES! workshop on Friday, July 20th 2018 at the Ohana is Forever Conference.  Here is a sample of what was created.  The task was to create a piece of art that represents the artist’s foster care experience.

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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.