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Hawaii Youth Services Network (HYSN) is a coalition for over 50 youth serving agencies and organizations statewide. It is incorporated as a 501(c) (3) organization and receives funding from the Family and Youth Services Bureau and the Office of Adolescent Health. The organization is a member of the Western States Youth Services Network(W SYSN) and the National Network for Youth (NNY)

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December Newsletter

December 8th, 2014


Tis the season of good will to all . . . But not perhaps for those
affected by the Mayor’s policy of “compassionate disruption.”

“Compassionate disruption” means enforcing those laws that forbid
sitting, lying, or storing belongings on the sidewalk. I’ve heard
disturbing things from outreach workers about how those laws are

When police encounter homeless youth sitting on a Waikiki sidewalk,
they enforce the sit/lie sidewalk ordinance and require the youth to
leave the area. If the homeless youth’s backpack or other possessions
are on the sidewalk next to him/her, and the youth is not physically
holding them at the time the police officer approaches, he is told
not to touch it and the possessions are confiscated. Homeless youth
do not have the resources to pay the $200 fine in order to claim
their belongings.

As a result, these youth lose their legal identification (birth
certificates, passports, driver licenses, school identification
cards) as well as essential medications. This includes:
Psychotropic medications for mental health issues; Antibiotics and
other drugs to treat illnesses and wounds; Drugs to manage chronic
and potentially life threatening health conditions such as asthma,
epilepsy, and diabetes.
Without proper identification, youth cannot enroll in school or seek
legal employment.

Without their psychotropic medications, youth may have increased risk
of harming themselves or others, and reduced ability to care for
themselves. Untreated medical conditions can lead to permanent
disability or even death. For example, untreated urinary tract
infections can lead to kidney dialysis; an untreated staph infection
could result in amputation of a limb.

As a result of the enforcement of the sidewalk laws in Waikiki, it
has become more difficult for outreach workers to locate runaway and
homeless youth, and build the trusting relationships that enable
youth to leave the streets for family reunification or placement in
alternative safe and appropriate living situations. The youth are
less visible, afraid to frequent areas where they were usually found,
and more suspicious of outreach staff when they approach.

Disruptive? – Certainly. Compassionate? – I don’t think so.




Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced that qualified nonprofit organizations
seeking grants available through the city’s Grants in Aid (GIA)
program have through December 12, 2014 to submit proposals.

The Charter-mandated GIA fund administered by the Department of
Community Services (DCS) was established to serve economically and/or
socially disadvantaged populations, or provide services for public
benefit in the areas of arts, culture, economic development, or the

“Under a voter-passed initiative, the city spends a half of one
percent of the general fund on grants for worthy non-profits, so I
urge all non-profit organizations serving our community to apply,”
said Mayor Caldwell. “The GIA commission will carefully vet and
evaluate all of the grant proposals to ensure they are a sound use of
taxpayer funds, and score them based on a number of predetermined
factors. This process removes any political favoritism in the
awarding of the funds. Last year the grants totaled over $5 million
dollars and they are already helping service providers across the

Information about requests for grant proposals is available online
at: The documents are easiest
to download with Internet Explorer and Safari. Should you require
further assistance, please contact the Division of Purchasing Help
Desk at 768-5535.

All agencies must submit their sealed proposals to the Department of
Budget and Fiscal Services Office of the Division of Purchasing by 2
p.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Friday, December 12, 2014, as evidenced
by a date and time stamp from the Division of Purchasing. The
Division of Purchasing is located at Honolulu Hale, 530 South King
Street, Room 115, Honolulu, HI 96813.


In March 2013, Lt. Governor Tsutsui launched an initiative, in
collaboration with DOE Superintendent Matayoshi, to promote the
development of a comprehensive structure for after-school programs
for middle schoolers statewide. R.E.A.C.H., an acronym for Resources
for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture and Health, seeks to provide an
organizational framework and funding base for schools to offer
expanded learning opportunities during after-school hours –
specifically for public middle and intermediate school students. The
broad goal was to provide a supervised, safe, learning environment
for young adolescents to be engaged, and stay on the right path
towards high school graduation.

A pilot project totaling over $700,000 was launched in 2014 in which
16 public intermediate/middle schools benefited. The Office of
Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) stepped forward to make a significant
investment, contributing $75,000 to support two specific schools
-Molokai Middle and Hana High & Elementary. The types of afterschool
programs implemented matched the interests and needs of the school’s
student population including: academic tutoring, Vex Robotics, Match
clubs, School newspaper clubs, performing arts (beginning band and
orchestra), Hawaiian language and culture, Fishing club, Ukulele
tutorials, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and wrestling.


Nearly 2.5 million children across the United States, or one in
thirty, experienced homelessness in 2013, up some 8 percent on a
year-over-year basis and an historic high, a report from the National
Center on Family Homelessness at the American Institutes for Research
finds. According to the report, America’s Youngest Outcasts: A Report Card on Child Homelessness , the number of children who were homeless in 2013 increased in
thirty-one states and the District of Columbia, and was up at least
10 percent in thirteen of those states and the district. Click here to read more.


The Center on the Family and the Homeless Programs Office of the
Hawai’i State Department of Human Services have released the Homeless
Service Utilization Report: Hawai’i 2014. Authored by Dr. Sarah Yuan,
Hong Vo and Kristen Gleason, the report provides the most current
data on the utilization patterns of homeless services in the state
during the 2014 fiscal year. The information presented in this year’s
report departed from what was typically presented in previous years.
In addition to providing information on the usage and outcomes of
particular homeless service programs, the current report discusses
new developments in the state’s approach to homelessness and presents
data on the overall patterns of inflow, outflow and return flow to
the homeless service system in order to begin monitoring the
effectiveness of these developments.

Data related to four types of programs that have been implemented in
Hawai’i are presented in the report. In addition to usage information
about Shelter and Outreach Programs, this year’s report presents data
related to two newer federally-funded programs. The first is the
Rapid Rehousing Program, which uses a housing-first philosophy and is
designed to provide financial and housing support services to
homeless individuals and families. The goal of the Rapid Rehousing
Program is to transition individuals and families as quickly as
possible into permanent housing situations. Second, the report
provides data related to the Homelessness Prevention Program. Unlike
the other three programs, which target homeless populations, the
Homelessness Prevention Program is targeted toward individuals and
families who may have homes but are at risk of becoming homeless.

Child and family related data presented in the report include:
Children under the age of 18 comprised a quarter of the population
receiving homeless services. Of the 9,476 households served, 17% were
family households with children. Families with children comprised
about a quarter (26%) of households receiving Shelter Program
services. Of households receiving Outreach Program and Rapid
Rehousing services, 8% and 20%, respectively, were families with
children. Click here for the full report.

November Newsletter

November 8th, 2014


Mental health was the predominant theme for the 250+ youth and youth
advocates at the 2014 Children and Youth Summit. The five top
priorities included:

College/career/life skills education in schools Increase mental
health awareness in schools, including training for teachers and
supports for students with mental health issues Increase affordable
housing including Housing First programs (for chronically homeless
persons with physical and mental disabilities) Repairing/maintaining
public housing units Building more affordable housing Suicide
prevention Create a safer environment for LGBTQ youth.

Banson Honda, a Pearl City High School student and student member of
the State Board of Education served as MC. Moanalua High School
students were the facilitators and recorders for the youth breakout
groups as well as leading ice breakers and energizers.

Panel discussions featured youth and adult speakers on civil rights
issues, health and human services, environment and sustainability,
economy, and education. Our youngest panelist was Leo Campagna, an 8
year old entrepreneur and CEO of The Littlest Co-op.

If you have ideas for turning these Summit priorities into
legislative bills and resolutions, come to the Keiki Caucus Resource
Group meeting on November 17th at noon at the State Capitol. Bring
drafts of proposed bills if you have them. Or contact Senator
Suzanne Chun Oakland at 586-6130 or via e-mail at with your recommendations.

Hawaii Youth Services Network welcomes your input on youth issues we
should address – whether through training, advocacy, or program
development. You, our member agencies and colleagues, know what your
communities, youth, and families need, and how well those needs are
being met.

Contact me at or call 531-2198 ext. 1 to share your ideas and concerns.



Administration (SAMSHA) have released a free smartphone app that helps parents, caretakers, educators and others talk to young
people about bullying–and prevent it from happening. Research has
shown that talking with children and youth for short periods a day
about bullying can help reduce incidents of bullying and build young
people’s self-esteem. Click here to read more.


Spearheaded by the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) and the National
Network for Youth (NN4Y), National Runaway Prevention Month is a
unified national effort to increase public awareness of the issues
facing runaways, and to educate the public about the solutions and
the role they can play in preventing youth from running away. Visit
the National Runaway Safeline’s page How to Support National Runaway
Prevention Month to learn how you can participate and observe
National Runaway Prevention Month in your school, business, and
community. Click here to read more.


The Teen Alert Program (TAP) of the Domestic Violence Action Center
is sponsoring an Instagram photo contest for teens and young adults
based on the theme:

What does a healthy relationship mean to you? Entering is easy, and
we are giving away hundreds of dollars worth of prizes, including a
Kindle Fire HD 7! The contest started on October 1, but goes through
November 7. All entries must be received on or by November 7.

The goal is to allow youth to think creatively while using social
media to raise awareness of intimate partner violence and promote
healthy relationships!

To enter: Follow @teenalertprogram on Instagram (and let us follow
you back!). Post a pic that represents what a healthy relationship
means to you (it could be honesty, trust, love, fun, support,
acceptance, happiness, negotiation, patience, healthy boundaries,
equality…) Give your pic a brief caption that describes why it’s
related to healthy relationships Tag #TAP808 and @teenalertprogram
All winners will be selected and notified via Instagram on November

You can also follow the Teen Alert Program on Twitter (@teenalert808)
and Facebook ( to learn more about
the program.


The Walmart Foundation is accepting applications through its
Community Grant Program. Through the program, grants of up to $2,500
will be awarded to local nonprofit organizations within the service
area of individual Walmart stores in support of initiatives in the
areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s
economic empowerment, and/or career opportunities. Deadline:
December 31, 2014. Click here to read more.


At the 29th Annual ACT Enrollment Planners Conference, Director Lee
Rainie highlighted 13 things everyone should know about how today’s
teens use technology. With data from the Pew Research Internet
Project’s national surveys of teens and parents, Lee highlights some
critical ways digital tools are changing not only how teens
communicate, but also how they gather information about the world and
present themselves to others. The presentation and script from this
presentation provide some interesting insights. Click here to read more.


The Bridgespan Group is collaborating with The Chronicle of
Philanthropy to start a new report offering guidance to nonprofit
leaders. This project will ask a wide range of nonprofit leaders to
provide insight on the use and effectiveness of 25 top tools, and to
voice their opinions on the importance of 21 major trends affecting
the sector. To start, Bridgespan interviewed more than two dozen
nonprofit leaders and other experts to identify the tools that they
believed were among the most important currently available to
nonprofits. Click here to read more.

TWO WEBSITES HELP MENTORING PROGRAMS ENGAGE MEN AS MENTORS set out to build a national movement that encourages men to help
make a positive impact in a young man’s life by building a community
platform that’s custom-built for today’s man – to help him take on
the challenges of contemporary mentorship in a bite-sized, confident,
and exciting way. The effort is spearheaded by Esquire who also just
launched The Mentoring Project to tell the stories of men in
mentoring. There are a number of ways that programs might consider
using these new tools: promote it on social media to spread the word
of men as mentors, make sure your mentoring program is included for
those seeking opportunities, and check out the resources for program
activities and outreach. Click here to read more.




Violence against and between youth affects everyone in the community,
and it is preventable. The CDC has a free online course, “Principles of Prevention” for professionals. Participants can earn continuing education
credits while learning how to prevent five types of violence.


The FRIENDS National Center on Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
is pleased to release an online learning course Evidence-Based 101.
This is a three module course about evidence-based research,
practices and programs and is accompanied by a workbook to be used as
the course is completed.

The first module is designed as an introduction to evidence-based
practice. Module two discusses how to conduct a needs assessment and
analyze the data with an emphasis on understanding how internal
agency capacity impacts service delivery. Module three explores
resources for researching various models, programs and practices as
well as providing key questions that help in the selection process.

You may go through each module in a single sitting or stop and start
as you wish completing the course at your own pace and convenience.
Access to the Online Learning Center is available 24 hours a day,
seven days a week at


Oahu: November 13
Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union, 1226 College Walk
$50 for the workshop; $40 student rate, 15% discount if 5 or more
attend from same agency
Overview: Alex Santiago, LSW
Key Senate Members and Committees – Senator Glenn Wakai
Key House Members and Committees – Representative Karl Rhoads

Learning Objectives: Understanding how the legislative process
works Learn about the current members serving in Hawaii’s political
system and the committees that they lead Learning the tools to
navigate the legislative system The art of influencing policy making
Download the Registration Form and send to PARENTS together with a check payable to “PARENTS, Inc.”

For additional information call, 808-235-0255 or email


November 21
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Pacific Beach Hotel

Registration Fee: $45 due no later than November 7
Fee includes lunch and light continental breakfast

Learning Objectives
Be able to describe the Housing First Model and how it differs from
traditional housing models Learn what the VI-SPDAT is and how it is
being utilized by Homeless Services Providers to identify the needs
of our homeless community Broaden knowledge of domestic violence and
its impact on homelessness Become more familiar with Motivational
Interviewing and how it can be used to increase successful outcomes
Learn about what is being done to end homelessness and how to
participate in the Legislative process as it relates to homeless
issues in our community




November 12 & 13
West Hawaii Civic Center
7:30 am – 5:00 pm for BOTH days

This two-day workshop provides training in how to recognize, assess,
and support a person in crisis. ASIST is designed for caregivers who
want to gain additional skills to directly discuss suicide and
intervene with a person at risk of suicide. This is a highly
interactive and practice-oriented workshop that will give you the
training that you need in order to be a care-giving resource within
your community.

The training and its materials are provided without cost to all
participants, so meals or refreshments are not provided. There will
be ample time for lunch to be retrieved off-site or you may bring
lunch with you to the training.

register at:


Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 1:00pm – 2:30 pm ET

Landing a federal grant is exciting! As you know, once you get a
grant a lot of work needs to happen really fast in order to get the
program operations going. This webinar will walk you through the
essential steps to successful grant project start up. Topics that
will be covered include understanding federal roles and compliance,
developing a program workplan, staffing a new project, and building
community and partnerships. Whether you have managed a federal grant
before or are new to the federal grant management arena, you are sure
to get some new ideas to support the project start-up of your new
grant. Get ahead of the game and make a smooth transition into the
next phase of your program implementation. Facilitators include:
Courtney Workman, National P3 Director of MANY.
This webinar is free and open to the public.
To register, click here.

This publication was made possible in part by Grant Number 6
TP1AH000002 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
Office of Adolescent Health. Its contents are solely the
responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the
official views of the Office of Adolescent Health or the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services