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."

Apply for Spring Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) now

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The Hawaii Department of Human Services is accepting applications for Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) that can assist former foster youth with the cost of attending college this Spring semester.  The upper age limit has been extended to 25, so college students who have not yet reached their 26th birthday may qualify.  Other criteria include:

  • Age 18-25
  • Aged / transitioned out of DHS Foster Care at 18 or older
  • Adopted at age 16 or older
  • Legal guardianship to a kin at age 16 or older
  • Attending an accredited institution of higher education
  • Making satisfactory progress [“C” or better] – specifically not on FAFSA academic suspension / probation
  • Budget is reasonable and for allowable cost of attendance

Not sure if you might be eligible? File an application and DHS will figure out if you are eligible.  Most students request funds to pay for tuition, books, laptops, special tools, or equipment required for their program of study.  A typical voucher is around $2,500.

Apply at https://shakatown.com/ by the January 6th deadline!

 

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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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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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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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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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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Geist Scholarship Opens for Spring

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Are you a college student who was in foster care as a teen in Hawaii?  The Geist Scholarship may help you pay for your tuition, books, or living expenses while you attend school.  If you missed the deadline to be awarded in Fall 2018, you have another chance to apply for the money.  Go to the Hawaii Community Foundation web site and apply for spring semester scholarships.  It is open September 1st through September 30th, so don’t delay!  https://www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/students

 

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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