YES Hawaii

Youth Empowerment and Success Hawaii

Youth Empowerment & Success Hawaii (YES Hawaii) provides peer support and outreach services to youth and young adults aged 14-26 who have had involvement with the child welfare system. The program is statewide and events are held in Oahu, Maui, Kauai East Hawaii and West Hawaii. The program is youth driven and designed to engage foster youth in Hawaii in peer mentoring and meaningful and supportive events and activities.

Goals:
Prepare youth for successful adulthood
Give youth a positive forum to build life-long peer relationships with other foster youth
Give youth an opportunity to be mentors and leaders
Enhance the safety net for foster youth in Hawaii that have limited family support
Help youth feel they are not alone and there are people helping them to succeed in Hawaii

100
Participants in events each year
25%
Events based on health & wellness
5
Holiday events for foster youth in Hawaii each year

Eligibility

All youth and young adults, ages 14-26, who have had any involvement with the child welfare system on Oahu, East Hawaii, West Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai are eligible.

Location

Oahu, East Hawaii, West Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai

Services

Statewide services to support youth and young adults in Hawaii include:
• Outreach and support
• Peer mentoring to create positive peer relationships
• Events and activities to encourage healthy socialization
• Leadership and skill-building tools to develop useful life skills
• Social media and other electronic communications training

Funding

Department of Human Services through Epic Ohana

Melody Rolnick

PROGRAM MANAGER
"I had such a fun and amazing time meeting new people and getting to relax."

For more information visit http://www.yeshawaii.org/.
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