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."

Foster Youth Internship Opportunity in Washington DC

Want to make an impact on public policy?  Learn more about an opportunity for previous/current foster youth interested in interning with a Member of Congress in Washington, D.C. and make an impact on federal child welfare policy. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute is currently taking applications for its 2018 Foster Youth Internship Program! CCAI provides a weekly stipend, as well as covers major expenses such as housing in Washington, D.C., transportation to/from Washington, D.C., and public transportation to/from the congressional office internship. The dates for the 2018 Foster Youth Internship Program are May 29 – July 27, 2018.
All application materials must be received by Monday, January 15, 2018 at 11:00pm EST.  For more information about the program and to access the application form, please visit our website.  More details are listed below!
For questions and assistance, please contact Taylor Draddy at or call 202.544.8500.

Captain’s Club Sailing Opportunity

Ahoy, Mates and Mentors!
Captain’s Club FALL 2017 SAILING PROGRAM is underway! Offered FREE to children under the Department of Human Services (DHS) foster custody, foster youth who participate in the Captain’s Club program “enhance their self image by learning and experiencing life at sea”!
What: FREE Halloween SAIL!! (Costume attire allowed!)
Who: Foster Youth!!
When: THIS Sunday, October 29th, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Keehi Lagoon Small Boat Harbor (off Sand Island Access Road, Honolulu). Directions are located on the website at  
Aboard: Free Spirit, a 48’ Ketch rigged trimaran
Snacks: Yes! Healthy snacks provided!
The Captain’s Club ( is offering youth ages 10 to 16 under DHS foster custody free sailing course and ocean related life experience.
The “Mates Achievement Program” will run through the end of the year.  It is an introduction to sailing course consisting of 4 classes, combining dock-side learning and cruises aboard a sailing vessel. End of year course dates follow: 
·         Sunday November 26th, 2017
·         Sunday December 16th, 2017
The lesson plan covers knowledge of ocean safety, basic sailing terminology and skills and teamwork development. For more details, please view our 12 module Sailing Manual, downloadable from our website at
Referral Process: To refer a youth, please complete and return registration and waiver writable PDF forms to this email address, or, if you don’t have PDF access, please complete a printed version of the forms and return (scanned) by email or mail to the P.O. Box indicated on the registration form. DHS Social Workers are required to sign the forms.
Please contact us if you have any questions by email or call Captain Gordie Morris at (808) 630-6084.