Hawai‘i Street Smart for Youth

Hawai‘i Street Smart for Youth is a research-based program designed to prevent HIV/AIDS and STD’s in youth whose behaviors place them at risk of becoming infected.

Location: East Hawai‘i

Eligibility: Hawai‘i Street Smart for Youth serves youth in East Hawai‘i between the ages of 14 and 19.


Services are provided at locations in the community using local facilities in the Hilo-Laupahoehoe-Waiakea and Kau-Keaau-Pahoa school complexes.  Each group meets twice a week for six weeks.

  • Increasing healthy behaviors i relationships
  • Pregnancy and substance use prevention
  • Identifying personal triggers
  • Using peer support and small group skill-building sessions
  • Building participant’s skills in problem solving and personal assertiveness
  • Strengthening skills in HIV/AIDS and STD harm reduction

JoYi Rhyss, Program Coordinator – (808) 935-2876

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