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."

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:

Independent Living Collaborative Hawaii

The Independent Living Collaborative Hawaii has launched a smartphone app that lists resources for current and former foster youth statewide.  Find the app in the store under “Foster Hope Hawaii”  or search their website at

It’s an easy way to navigate resources for housing, education, health, employment and other community information.

The Choice Is Mine

Family Programs Hawaii has launched a new service that is designed to help guide native Hawaiian and at risk youth to successfully prepare for and enter post secondary education or training.  Interested?  Call Scott 726-5687 or Kelly 726-6049


Nau E Koho serves GED and high school students on Oahu and East Hawaii (Big Island Hawaii), ages 17-21.


East Hawaii


Services offered to prepare transitioning foster youth to enter and successfully complete post-secondary education or vocational training include:
• Independent living skills
• Vocational and educational assistance
• Career and interest exploration
• Employment training
• Setting educational or vocational goals
• Support in choosing, applying for, and enrolling in educational or vocational training
• Assistance in completing financial aid forms and scholarship applications
• Educational advising, tutoring, training, and monthly progress meetings


U.S. Department of Education