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."

Register now for the Ohana is Forever Conference on July 21st

Calling current and former foster youth from Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island! Registration is now open for the 11th Annual ‘Ohana is Forever Conference!

Youth on Oahu can follow link to register. Youth on a Neighbor Island should contact their social worker or ILP worker to check on flight availability.

NOTE: Adult registration is by invitation only. If you are an adult supporter of foster youth who would like to come, please contact Sharon Simms at or
(808) 387-6040
to check on availability.

Free performance on June 8th at 8pm


Youth and families are invited to attend this FREE preview showing!

Staff accompanying youth are welcome.  Call YES at 462-2144 if you are interested in attending.  Free tickets are available to non-profit organizations.  We can add you to the list as long as there are seats still available.

IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre delves into the creative action of dance and painting, set to live music by the Quadraphonix in ‘Paint By Number,’ scheduled for a preview on June 8, 8:00PM (doors open at 7:30) at Ward Gateway Center, 333 Ward Avenue in the former Sports Authority building. Inventively, ‘Paint By Number’ transforms the former Sports Authority space with a fantasy of color. IONA dancers are human paintbrushes and pallets, beginning the evening in the fertile white void of a blank masterpiece-to-be. As the dynamics pick up, the white floor canvas is no longer pristine; the stage comes alive with a new dimension of movement and color complimented and commanded by the Quadraphonix’s music. It is in the creative process itself that ‘Paint By Number’ tells a story of humanity, humor, peace, passion, and life. This process is a doorway into a unique experience that will leave each audience member with an urge take a dip in the powerful paint elixir.

IONA provides the entire front row of the audience with plastic sheeting reminiscent of a Gallagher performance- not to worry though, the paint is washable! Select audience members are also given painting paraphernalia in order to participate in the magnum opus. The intimate audience-dancer interaction combined with the colorful bodies and free-form music of the Quadraphonix, presents a different experience at each performance, magically tying together the process of dance, music, and painting. This is a family-friendly show that everyone will enjoy.

Financial Class in Waimanalo and Waipahu in June

Hoping to get a summer job?  Graduating and planning to work or attend college?  You need to learn more about managing your money!  Young people ages 17-25 who spent time in foster care after their 14th birthday are eligible for a workshop to learn about personal finance.  Participants are paid $140 to complete the training and open a matched savings account.  Earn a match of up to $1,000 per year for housing deposits, purchasing a car, a laptop or other items that will help you in the future.  Details on the flyers below.

Opportunities to see Dragonfly a PlayBuilders of Hawaii Production

The 2017 Resource Family Appreciation Day on April 22nd will host the premiere showing of the play, Dragonfly: The Journey of a Young Local Girl in Foster Care.  The show is at 10:00 am at the Mission Memorial Auditorium on King Street in Honolulu.  Details and RSVP info is at the link below.


There are additional shows planned at The ARTS at Mark’s Garage.  See the full schedule here: