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MAY IS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH
As we get closer to passing Senate Bill 1340, which will extend foster care from age 18 to 21, we look at two programs Family Programs Hawai‘i offers to support young adults in the child welfare system.
The eXcel program helps high school seniors prepare for college or vocational school. Students get help with choosing the right school, applying to schools, and assistance with obtaining scholarships and grants. Keith Kuboyama, Clinical Director says, “A lot of the kids we help are navigating uncharted waters. They often come from families where they are the first one to go to college and they need a steersman to guide them”.
Last spring 72% of eXcel participants were in good standing academically.
Ho‘ololi Mua No Ke Ola Senior Program in East Hawaii is a similar program, guiding seniors to explore and enter post-secondary school. Briana Mahi, a foster youth about to graduate from high school this month, had this to say about the Senior Program, “If I did not have the support of the Senior Program, I don’t know where I would be right now. Not only did they help me figure out how to apply to college and get student loans, they assisted me with my taxes.”
There are currently 18 high school students enrolled in the Ho‘ololi Mua No Ke Ola Senior Program, all have been accepted to colleges.