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."

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

Free Dental Services Feb 25

GKAS 2017 flyer

The Hawaii Dental Association is planning a free dental clinic for kids on Feb. 25th at the Waikiki Health Clinic on Makahiki Way (near Old Stadium area).  The project — called Give Kids a Smile — is a 15-year-old program through the ADA Foundation that was brought to the state by the HDA Young Dentist Group as one of the association’s many efforts of reaching out to under served communities. HDA aims to use this program as a way to address the issue of Hawaii’s keiki having one of the highest rates of cavities in the nation due to untreated tooth decay.

Now in its third year in Hawaii, the Give Kids A Smile event is on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Makahiki Medical and Dental Clinic located in the McCully-Moiliili area. All children 18 and under are welcome and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The free dental clinic will provide keiki with dental screenings, teeth cleanings, and topical fluoride treatment. If additional dental services are needed, families without a dental home will be offered guidance on where they can seek dental treatment. The event will also feature entertainment and giveaways for its young guests.

ASIST Scholarship Application

The Honolulu Chapter of Executive Women International (EWI®) has announced its 2017-2018 Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) Program. The ASIST scholarship is available to adults facing economic, social, or physical challenges, who are looking to improve their situation through educational opportunities.  Applications are now being accepted through April 14, 2017. Theywill be awarding a total of $20,000 in scholarship assistance this year to adults residing on Oahu who are in transitional situations and in need of financial aid to further their education.

The criteria to be used to pre-screen the candidates are as follows:

  •          Financial need
  •          Socially, physically and economically disadvantaged adults
  •          Heads of households with small children
  •          Displaced homemakers

The recipients may select the career path of choice, and any assistance received is an award, not requiring repayment. Awards will be distributed to the educational providers by the Executive Women International Honolulu Chapter.

Utilize the Submission Checklist to verify all necessary documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Refer to the Honolulu website at: or corporate website at for more information.