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.



Jennifer Carter



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Youth Participating in Events Annually

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Holiday Events for Foster Youth in Hawaii

YES Hawaii 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


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


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.


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

Youth Voices

“I had such a fun and amazing time meeting new people and getting to relax.”

-YES Participant

Jennifer Carter


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