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."

Winners Camp Spring Break

Teen girls in foster care have an amazing opportunity to experience Winners Camp on Oahu during the last weekend of Spring Break on March 23rd and 24th.  Campers will benefit from this leadership training and retreat in a beautiful setting in Hawaii Kai.  The Women’s Fund of Hawaii is generously sponsoring the camp.

Sign up at http://winnerscamp.com/imuawahine/ or contact Dr. Maryellen Markley at (808) 561-8096 for more information.

 

 

Hurry for More Scholarships!

High school seniors and returning college students should apply now for local scholarships to pay for the 2019-2020 school year.  The deadline for the need based Kamehameha Scholarship is next week on February 14th.  Apply here https://apps.ksbe.edu/financialaid/post-highscholarships/

Students who plan to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hilo, or any of the community college campuses should apply for UH System scholarships before the March 1st deadline.  More info here https://www.hawaii.edu/tuition/scholarships/

Ask your school for your transcript today if you don’t already have it.

 

 

 

 

 

AAUW of Honolulu offers Scholarships

The American Association of University Women offers scholarships to deserving female college students.

Student Eligibility:

  • Be a resident of the State of Hawaii
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be undergraduate or a graduate student at a college or university located in the State of Hawaii
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) 3.0 or above
  • Female student

Undergraduate academic scholarships applications will be taken from Dec. 26, 2018 to Feb. 28, 2019 at the Palama Settlement website.

Academic scholarships applications for Master’s degrees and Ph.D.-level awards should will be taken from Nov. 15, 2018 to Jan. 31, 2019 at the Hawaii Community Foundation‘s website

For more info, see the AAUW web site https://honolulu-hi.aauw.net/aauw-honolulu-academic-scholarship/

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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