HI HOPES

IMG_8649The HI H.O.P.E.S. Youth Leadership Boards are comprised of current and former foster youth between the ages of 14 and 26. HI H.O.P.E.S. stands for Hawai‘i Helping Our People Envision Success. Their roles are to:

  • Educate others about the experiences and needs of young people affected by foster care, particularly those who are about to or have transitioned out of care and into adulthood,
  • Advocate for improvements in the child welfare system and for opportunities that improve the lives of young people affected by foster care, and
  • Collaborate with community partners and young people to raise awareness, effect change and increase opportunities for young people currently and formerly in foster care.

Board members receive training, meet monthly and participate in a wide range of advocacy work in their community. There are HI H.O.P.E.S. Boards on O‘ahu, East and West Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i and Maui.

The HI H.O.P.E.S. boards serve as the Youth Advisory Council for the Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Services and as the youth voice for the Hawai‘i Youth Opportunities Initiative (HYOI). As part of their efforts to educate and advocate, the HYOI and HI H.O.P.E.S. Youth Leadership Boards have created videos to highlight the needs and experiences of young people affected by foster care.

Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram to see what the HI H.O.P.E.S. Youth Leadership boards are working on.

For more information about HYOI or the HI H.O.P.E.S. Youth Leadership Boards, please contact Delia Ulima via email or (808) 748-7052, or go to the EPIC ‘Ohana website.