June Newsletter

June 1st, 2014


Recently I attended the Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity, and presented a workshop on working collaboratively with public officials (“A Little Aloha Goes a Long Way. . . “).

At lunch on the final day of the conference, we talked about advocacy and public policy development at my table. I shared some of my experiences with the Children and Youth Summit and youth as advocates. I talked story about the impressive young people who shared their experiences with the foster care system, which resulted in the new foster care to 21 opportunities.

A woman who is a case manager for persons with developmental disabilities said she wished there was a way for her clients to become involved. And I said, “Why not?” Our public officials need to understand how disabilities affect people’s lives, and not just about their limitations and needs for services. They need to know people with disabilities for what they are capable of achieving, and for how much they care about giving back to their communities.

I used to have a volunteer named Stephen who had cerebral palsy. His speech was difficult to understand, he walked slowly with a pronounced limp, and he could only use one hand. But Stephen was reliable. He showed up on time, worked hard, and helped us find ways to accommodate his disabilities. He did data entry on client records, helped create a resource guide for persons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and staffed our exhibit at the senior fair. He helped parents of disabled children understand that their children could have a bright and productive future even if they could not walk or see or hear. I learned a lot about life from Stephen.

Everyone wants to feel useful. Instead of viewing young people or persons with disabilities as people in need, let us look at them as people who can succeed. We are all part of our communities and need to have a voice in the decisions that affect our lives.


The 21st Annual Children and Youth Day (CYD) will take place on Sunday, October 5 from 10am-2pm at the State Capitol and surrounding areas.

CYD is a FREE! event that provides thrilling adventures, surprises and excitement for the whole family; games and rides, nonstop entertainment, demonstrations, guided tours, food and drink vendors and more. For more information visit www.HawaiiCYD.org. You can connect with CYD on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/HawaiiCYD.

If your organization is interested in having an interactive booth at CYD, please download the registration form.

Early Bird Registration at $85 is available until June 30. The Standard Rate of $125.00 is available from July 1-August 31. CYD features over 300 interactive activities and space on the event grounds fills up fast- don’t miss out!

The 21st Annual Children and Youth Summit (CYS) will take place on Friday, October 10 from 8am-2pm at the State Capitol. The CYS (also FREE!) brings together students, advocates, professionals, parents, policymakers and others to assist the Legislature in identifying key children and youth issues that need to be addressed in the following Legislative session and is an opportunity to mobilize the community to take action. Registration will open in August and is limited to the first 300 participants (21+ years old registrants limited to 100). You can connect with CYS on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/HawaiiCYS.

Children and Youth Day (CYD) Hawaii would like to invite you to participate in this year’s CYD Heroes event planned for September 2014. This is an inaugural annual event of Children and Youth Month to recognize our youth for their heroic and significant achievements within the current school year.

CYD Heroes is an award that recognizes exemplary community service representing the highest standards and the best of our children and youth. A child, teen or group of young people may be nominated for their service to their schools; for outstanding achievements in academics, sports, or the performing arts; or their contribution to the health and wellness of the people of Hawai’i. Everyday, throughout the State, our young people save lives, protect the aina, stand up for others, and give back to the community in so many ways. As a program that represents the positive values of our keiki and ‘opio, Children and Youth Day Hawaii will be honoring our children and youth at an annual formal event and platform modeled after the popular CNN Heroes.

The Award for CYD Heroes

  • Please nominate a person or youth organization between five and twenty one years old.
  • The deadline to submit your candidate is June 30th , 2014.
  • Your participation and assistance to present the award at the CYD Heroes ceremonies in September 2014.

You may submit information on your candidate online at www.cydheroes.com. CYD Heroes will make the arrangements with your awardee for the making of the video production, photo sessions and rehearsal times. For more information, please feel to contact CYD Heroes at (808) 951-6699 or email us at info@cydheroes.com.

Deadline to apply is July 20th, 2014!


About Kupu’s Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC)
Kupu’s Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps houses several programs that offer young adults ages 17 and older opportunities to receive hands-on environmental education, personal/team/leadership development, and the chance to work in some of Hawaii’s most fragile and beautiful native ecosystems.

About Kupu’s HYCC Extended Internship Program
Kupu’s Extended Internship Program (EIP) provides young adults with an intensive 11-month-long conservation experience, in preparation for an entry-level career in the environmental field. EIP interns are matched up with an environmental agency that best fits their interests, where they receive valuable field experience and mentorship as they work alongside some of Hawaii’s most knowledgeable conservation experts.


  • Must be 18 years or older (or 17 with a HS diploma or equivalent)
  • Benefits include a $1,300 monthly living allowance, healthcare, and a $5,500 Educational Award (similar to a scholarship)
  • Application requires 2 letters of recommendation
  • Program is a full-time commitment, and runs from October 2014 until August 2015 (approx. 11 months)

TO LEARN MORE & TO APPLY, VISIT: www.kupuhawaii.org/hycc

Deadline to apply is July 20th, 2014!


With the new County Health Rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, you can learn about health in your community. Reporting key health measures such as high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, and teen births, the rankings provide a snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work, and play. The accompanying Roadmaps provide guidance and tools to understand the data and strategies that communities can use to move from information to action.


The federal Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs released a new microsite to encourage youth and young adults to shape programs, policies, and services that affect their lives. Youth Engaged 4 Change offers examples of youth who have led change in their community, and provides opportunities for youth to get involved in the civic process. If you want to further encourage youth to make change, tell them to check out and enter the Youth Engaged 4 Change contest!


Millennials may have been the first generation to grow up in the digital age, but they and their parents still have a lot to learn about staying safe online. Google is helping fill in the knowledge gaps with its online safety center, which includes instructional courses for teens and their families.

Additional online safety resources are available from the Federal Trade Commission’s On Guard Online site.


The Joyful Heart Foundation is currently collaborating with Kalei Kanuha to offer Namelehuapono Wahine, a Native Hawaiian, culturally-based group service for Hawaiian and Polynesian women who are adult victims of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Namelehuapono Wahine is a weekly group that blends Hawaiian beliefs, traditions and practices with trauma-informed clinical intervention. Any adult female client who self-identifies as Native Hawaiian or Polynesian, has a provider or therapist supporting their healing and is a survivor of domestic violence and/or sexual assault and/or child abuse is eligible for this group.

Since Joyful Heart is not a traditional service agency, they always look to partner with local agencies to make the survivor programming available as a supplement to the wonderful services already provided in our community. When a survivor is referred to us, we do a brief intake with her to ensure that the group matches her needs and situation. The hope is to receive enough referrals from community organizations to start the next group cycle within 4-6 weeks.

For more information, go to http://www.joyfulheart.org


Presented by the Joyful Heart Foundation
Saturday, June 21, 2014
9:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Buffet lunch and snacks provided

Free of Charge

Explore ways to take care of yourself while managing the impact of trauma and stress in your life. Interactive and hands-on sessions include physical movement and artistic expression. Art supplies, journals and other materials will be provided to all who attend.

Wear loose, comfortable clothing – this is a very casual and relaxed day. This event is for adult women who identify as a survivor of sexual assault or domestic violence. Childcare is available upon request.

To register, please email Rjoya at rjoya@joyfulheartfoundation.org

Please note: space will be limited – please let us know right away if you can attend!


ANIMATION: JUNE 9 – 13 | 8:30 -4:00 pm
Learn the principles and techniques of animation using industry-standard camera, editing software, and more.

BASIC REEL: JULY 21 – 25 | 8:30 -4:00 pm
Learn storytelling, storyboarding, scriptwriting, use of professional camera, lighting, audio, and editing. You will be working in small production teams with a mentor and produce a short video.

Age 13-19
Deadline to apply: May 15 EXTENDED!!!
For the Animation Camp | Deadline: May 30
For the Basic Reel Camp | Deadline: June 20

Registration fee for each camp: $500

We offer a voluntary sliding scale fee so that you pay what you can.
Level 1: $100 (20% of the full fee)
Level 2: $200 (40% of the full fee)
Level 3: $300 (60% of the full fee)
Level 4: $400 (80% of the full fee)

Please note, No girl will be turned away for lack of funds :) . Just let us know!

If you want to know more about our camps, you can read about them here!

For more information, call (808) 799-4438, or email summer@hawaiiwomeninfilmmaking.org

Register for the Animation camp!
Register for the Basic Reel camp!

Our camps are hosted at The ARTS at Marks Garage,
1159 Nu’uanu Avenue, Honolulu 96817


Ohana Broadcast Company has begun airing a community affairs radio show addressing topics and issues affecting our community. The 30-minute radio show titled “Hawaii Matters” airs on Sundays from 6:30am to 7:00am on all Ohana Broadcast Company radio stations.

“Hawaii Matters” is moderated by Devon Nekoba and Mandy Suganuma of the 947 KUMU Morning Show. Each radio show will address a single topic or issue, and feature a question-and-answer format interview with a local expert in that field. The show will air on 931 Da Pa’ina (KQMQ-FM), 947 KUMU (KUMU-FM), 1027 Da Bomb (KDDB-FM) and 1059 KPOI (KPOI-FM).

“The goal of ‘Hawaii Matters’ is to offer listeners valuable insight into the most important issues that are affecting the residents of Hawaii and especially, Oahu,” says Terry Gillingham, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Ohana Broadcast Company. “Our intent is for this program to provide actionable information that will be put to good use to help improve the quality of life for all that live here.”

For more information about “Hawaii Matters” or to provide a topic or issue for discussion, please contact Christine Yasuma, Director of Marketing & Promotions / Producer, “Hawaii Matters” at (808) 948-9433 or christineyasuma@ohanabroadcast.com


By: Dick Mandel | May 19, 2014

For the juvenile justice field, there is no larger question. It’s the elephant in the room, the great mystery, the trend that has changes everything — and seemingly without explanation. Why have juvenile crime rates, once predicted to rise inexorably, instead been falling for two decades? Falling… and falling… and falling.

What if the answer was readily available? What if it mostly boiled down to a single element, hiding in plain sight, and we just refused to notice?

Well, compelling evidence suggests that much or most of the fluctuation in juvenile crime rates does boil down to a single element — a chemical element.

The element is lead, and a powerful body of research indicates that the recent declines in juvenile offending rates, like the rise in juvenile crime rates that preceded them, stem in large part from changes in children’s exposure to lead paint and exhaust from leaded gasoline. …

Read More Here


In Hawaii, 415 non-profits received government grants and contracts totaling $615 million dollars in 2012 according to a new report by the Urban Institute Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy . Over half are in the area of human services, with another 22% in health services.

Nineteen percent (19%) of Hawaii nonprofits reported that their experience with government grants and contracts was worse in 2012 than in previous years and, in several areas, Hawaii was among the states reporting the highest level of problems.

Nationally, half of nonprofits reported that government grants and contracts limited overhead or administrative costs. Hawaii ranked first among all the states with 62%.

Late payments were a top concern of Hawaii nonprofits with 2/3 of survey takers reporting problems. Hawaii ranked 3rd worst among the states in this area.

Problems related to changes to government grants or contracts in mid-stream were troublesome. Hawaii ranked 4th with 58% of organizations stating that it was a problem.

Other issues included government not paying the full cost of services (47%), complexity of or time required for applying for government grants and contracts (77%).

Full report and the fact sheet for Hawaii



Get a jumpstart on next year’s planning by participating in the next FREE teacher workshop on June 28. This interactive session highlights the most engaging aspects of our guided school tours.

Each teacher will have the opportunity to experience a portion of six different tours. Your route will be determined by the grade you teach.

Highlighted K-3 tours: Elements of Art, Kamishibai: Japanese Culture and Storytelling, Animals in Art, Roots, Picturing Hawai`i, The Holiday Tour.

Highlighted grade 4-8 tours: Literature Through Art, Symbols of Identity, The World Through Art, Math Through Art, Let’s Sketch, Art of the Ancient World.

The workshop will be a fun-filled morning with educators participating in HMA school tours, highlighting the parts that students remember best! The session is aimed at K through 8 teachers, but is open to educators working at all levels.

Space is limited, so sign up for this workshop today!

WHAT: FREE Teacher Workshop: Tour Activities

WHERE: Honolulu Museum of Art (900 S. Beretania Street)

WHEN: Saturday, JUNE 28, 2014 9 am – 12 pm

For more information or to register, email Jenny Engle, Teacher Liaison, at jengle@honolulumuseum.org

All Honolulu Museum of Art guided school tours meet Hawai`i Department of Education Benchmarks.


(Sponsored by ISFD)
To be held at: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii
June 4 – 6, 2014 8:30AM ~ 5:00 PM

This grant writing workshop offers you key, proven strategies to
develop winning proposals. Here’s what you’ll learn to make your next
proposal competitive and successful:

  • Writing persuasive proposals
  • Identifying relevant government, foundation, and corporate funding sources
  • Establishing an efficient pre-proposal planning process
  • Developing and organizing results-oriented proposal ideas
  • Preparing and writing content to effectively meet proposal guidelines
  • Managing and streamlining submission procedures and follow-up

Strategic Proposal Writing – You will learn why a successfully written proposal requires an organized, systematic approach to conveying your story.

Strategic Grant Research – This course will introduce you to new tools and techniques that will help identify and cultivate government, foundation, and corporate grant makers.

Strategic Program Planning – You will gain a sound overview on how to ensure your proposals are clear, significant and compelling.

Tuition for our Two-Day Grant Writing Workshop is $598 per person, with a $50 off discount for early sign-ups (10 business days or more before the workshop).

Each participant will receive the following items:

  • ISFD Certificate of Completion accredited by CFRE with 15 Continuation Education Units (CEU)
  • Strategic Grant Writing Development Proposal Workbook and Bonus Materials, Fundraising & Research CD
  • On-Going Consulting Services with ISFD Instructors & Staff

1) Online – http://www.fundingclasses.net
2) Phone – Call (877) 414-8991. An ISFD consultant will assist you with your registration and answer any questions.
3) Email – Send an email to info@isfdonline.com with your basic contact information and a seat will be reserved.



Hawaii students won a total Regional Student Television Awards for Excellence from the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Searider Productions from Wainae High School won 7 out of the 28 awards in categories that included Newscast, Serious News, Light News, Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs, Long Form Fiction, Sports, and Public Affairs/Community Service.

Maui High School students won an award for Serious News.

The Hard Way: Pacific Region, a joint production of Hawaii Youth Services Network and Hawaii Student Television won an award in the Long Form Fiction category.

To all of the students involved in the productions – We appreciate and applaud your hard work and dedicated community service.

May Newsletter

May 1st, 2014

Your announcements, accomplishments, up-coming events or trainings are most welcome. Sorry, we do not publish fund raising events. Email to alex@hysn.org by the 25th of the month prior to publication.


Hawaii Youth Services Network has just completed a 30-second PSA that encourages parents and schools to work together to educate youth about sexual health. It features young people asking questions, such as “Can you get pregnant from having oral sex?”

One station has declined to air the PSA as it might be too controversial. (Parents might get upset and complain).

The station was concerned that children who watched the PSA would go to their parents and ask questions about sex. And that, of course, is exactly what we hoped would happen when youth and their families view the PSA.

Why? Because when young people can to discuss sexual health questions with a trusted adult, it is a huge protective factor to prevent unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.

In a survey of parents of teenagers conducted in Honolulu, 99% of parents stated that it was important to talk to their children about sex. But only half of them had actually done it.

May is teen pregnancy prevention month. It’s time to talk with your children – or the youth with whom you work – to give them the knowledge, skills, and resources to make safe and responsible decisions about their sexual health.

Click here to watch our PSA



Too many of our Nation’s children experience violence and trauma every day–in their homes, schools, and communities. Trauma left unaddressed can have serious consequences for children and youth as they grow up. In commemoration of National Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Office for Victims of Crime is pleased to announce the release of the next four videos in the Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma series.

This series now includes eight videos, accompanying resource guides, and public awareness posters–the most recent videos highlight intervention in schools, innovations in juvenile justice, addressing violence in the home, and a call to action on how you can help a child in need. Together, the materials in the Through Our Eyes campaign reinforce four key messages:

  • Children’s exposure to violence and victimization is significant.
  • These experiences can leave lasting effects.
  • There are effective ways to protect children and alleviate the harm of exposure.

  • Everyone has a role.

Through your work, whether it is as a school teacher or as a member of a faith-based organization, you may encounter a child who is exposed to violence, and you have a role in helping that child. Watch the videos in this series and read the associated resource guides to better understand how children are affected by violence and trauma. We encourage you to connect with a child-serving professional and learn how to protect and help child victims of violence and trauma. You can make a difference in the life of a child.


The CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention has released The Relationship between Bullying and Suicide: What We Know and What
it Means for Schools
. The resource describes:

  • The most current research findings about the relationship between bullying and suicide among school-aged youth; and
  • Evidence-based suggestions to prevent and control bullying and suicide-related behavior in schools.

This document summarizes the latest research on the relationship between bullying and suicide-related behavior and suggests school-based strategies to prevent and control bullying and suicide-related behavior. Included are relevant research findings reported in the Journal of Adolescent Health’s July 2013 Supplement,
Bullying and Suicide: A Public Health Approach.”

More Information


The Hawaii Department of the Attorney General, Crime Prevention & Justice Assistance Division (CPJAD) is requesting your assistance by completing a brief survey, which will help us gather information towards a four year strategic plan for funding criminal justice programs in Hawaii. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and will cover the seven purpose areas of the Byrne JAG grant.

Please complete the survey by May 19, 2014.

CPJAD is the administering agency for State portion of the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. To develop the State strategy, CPJAD reviews current data and information, and obtains input from criminal justice professionals and other interested parties across the State about criminal justice program needs.

Please share this link with your professional partners so that we may have range of responses from criminal justice stakeholders. Below is the link to the survey. If you have any questions about the survey please contact Jennifer Cullen at (808) 586-1389 or Jennifer.M.Cullen@hawaii.gov.



We are excited to report that the Hawai`i State Budget passed April 29th includes over $8,000,000 for a much needed foster care payment increase! A big thanks to our state legislators and to the Department of Human Services (DHS).

DHS developed a new methodology to calculate the rates and requested funds for this increase. The new foster care board payment is determined by the age of the child:

  • 0-5 years $576
  • 6-11 years $650
  • 12 years + $676

The increase will take effect July 1, 2014. Resource caregivers will see the change in the check received in August, as the foster board payment is for care provided in the prior month.

MAHALO NUI LOA to all who helped bring this much needed support to our Resource Families!


The House and Senate passed HB 1750 which makes posting photos of people nude or engaged in sexual activity without their permission a violation of privacy, punishable as a felony.

People who are voluntarily nude or engaging in sexual activity in public are not included in the measure.

The target is people who post “revenge porn” – pictures or video intending to harm those depicted, ruining their career, reputation or relationships. Prosecutors on Oahu, Maui and Kauai supported the measure. The law received support with national reports chronicling victims of revenge porn committing suicide. That was something Rep. John Mizuno didn’t want to happen in Hawaii.

The bill is now on Governor Neil Abercrombie’s desk awaiting his approval.



Friday, May 16, 2014
8:30am – 12:00pm

The Surviving and Thriving Series is sponsored by the University of Hawaii Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work Distance Education Program, National Association of Social Workers Hawaii Chapter, Kela Associates, and SAS Services LLC. This series is designed to equip your nonprofit agency with new ideas, tools, resources, and strategies to Survive and Thrive in this new environment.

Workshop #4 will be held on Friday, May 16 from 8:30am – 12:00pm and will focus on Increasing Your Organizational Impact, Furthering Your Mission, and Expanding Your Reach. The workshop is free to the first five people to register and $50.00 for all other attendees. For more information please refer to the – workshop flyer. Register Here: https://thrivinginhawaii4.eventbrite.com

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sharon Simms at (808)387-6040 or sharon@sasserviceshawaii.com


This one hour course is based on the popular 2-day instructor-led training. It provides learners with an overview of social determinants and their role in HIV treatment and prevention. The course is interactive and uses videos and scenarios to illustrate key concepts.

The course is free and designed for a variety of providers. Continuing education credits are available (BBS, CHES, and CADAAC). You may register by clicking here. Check out other online courses by clicking here and see other online resources at our website www.stdhivtraining.org.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 2-3 p.m. EDST

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. In observance, the HHS Office of Adolescent Health is hosting a live webcast on positive youth development.

We invite you to join us! Please register for the webcast here.

You’ll learn:

  • What positive youth development is, and how it’s valuable for programs working with adolescents
  • The research behind positive youth development, and what we know about its success in teen pregnancy prevention
  • How community programs have been using positive youth development to benefit youth
  • Future interventions using positive youth development, and the way forward for positive youth development research

Evelyn Kappeler
Director, Office of Adolescent Health, U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services

Karen Pittman
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Forum for Youth Investment

Richard F. Catalano, Ph.D.
Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Director, Social Development Research Group and Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Gina Wingood, Sc.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Lisa Lauxman, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Youth and 4-H, Institute Youth, Family and Community

For more information on the Office of Adolescent Health, please visit website.



MAY 14, 2014
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
at the Ala Moana Hotel

Be a part of the celebration! Join the Mental Health Association in honoring our community’s outstanding mental health heroes:

Pua Kaninau-Santos’ son died by suicide in 2003 when he was 18. Since then, she has worked tirelessly with the State Department of Health to develop suicide prevention programs and to help those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Lesley Slavin has been a state leader in working with girls who have experienced trauma and helping youth who “fall through the cracks” because they have both developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. She is Chief Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division, Department of Health.

Times Supermarket has taken leadership in hiring people with severe mental illness as “Courtesy Clerks” at several of their stores, thus giving these individuals an opportunity to gain the hope and self-confidence that are so vital to their recovery.

Scott Wall has bipolar disorder; he has been hospitalized innumerable times and lived in homeless shelters for extensive periods. For the past five years, Scott has been an articulate advocate at the legislature to improve services to people with mental illness or housing problems.

Krystalynn Kado has struggled with bullying, depression and self-harm and has had to cope with the tragic suicide of a close family member. She now is a model for others by speaking out about her own experiences. She currently works in the PACT Hana Like Home Visiting Program.

Kawika and Laurie Kahiapo are models and leaders in the autism movement. In facing and overcoming the hurdles of raising a child on the autism spectrum who is now 23 years old, they have forged a path to increase understanding, education and resources for families.

Register and pay online