October Newsletter

October 1st, 2014


This month I want to share some of Hawaii Youth Services Network’s plans for the coming year.

HYSN has just been awarded a federal Competitive Abstinence Education grant to address the high risk of unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections among Hawaiian, Other Pacific Islander, and Filipino youth in Hawaii. We will convene a multi-sector work group to identify risk and protective factors, cultural norms and values that impact teen pregnancy in this population as well as strategies to address them. We want to increase the number of these youth who complete an evidence-based teen pregnancy curriculum and to educate adults on how to discuss sexual health with children.

Some people think that sustainability equals funding. And it’s true that funding is one of the 8 key factors needed to sustain your programs – but funding is only part of the puzzle. Want to find out what else is needed? HYSN is creating a workshop titled Building Sustainable Programs that we plan to offer on multiple islands in 2015. It will include an opportunity for you to do a self-assessment to identify the areas where you need to focus. The workshop is based on the sustainability framework and resource guide created by the federal Office of Adolescent Health.

I will try out a mini-version of the workshop in November at the National Runaway and Homeless Youth Conference and Federal Grant Meeting in Phoenix, and hold the first Hawaii workshop in Hawaii shortly after the new year begins.

On November 6th, we are partnering with the Department of Health’s Project Laulima to offer a free full-day training that will also serve as our fall membership and networking meeting. You’ll be able to attend a 3-hour session in the morning on mental health and psychotropic medications, share a networking lunch with your peers, and participate in training on developmental disabilities in the afternoon. Thanks to DOH co-sponsorship, there is no charge for the day unless you decide to attend only the luncheon.

Also in November, we are a co-sponsor of the annual Harm Reduction Conference.

ETR Associates will be coming to Hawaii in February 2015 to conduct training on Fostering Youth Resiliency. We’ve had outstanding evaluations on their past trainings, most recently Savvy Solutions for Facilitating Adult Learning.

And finally, please encourage youth to register for the Children and Youth Summit on October 10th at the State Capitol Building. Youth are part of our communities and deserve to be involved in decisions that affect their lives. The Children and Youth Summit enables our young people to share their ideas about what Hawaii needs with our state legislators. Last year, they spoke out for marriage equality, safe places for youth network, tobacco prevention, childhood obesity, and the need to manufacture and grow more local products.

As always, thank you for all that each and every one of you do to improve the lives of Hawaii’s youth and their families.




How and where we live, learn, and play matters … it affects every one of us. Elements such as family, friends, education and employment opportunities, geographic location, acess to health care, recreational options, the media … and so much more … shape our long-term health and well-being.

The Healthy Teen Network frames this concept as Youth 360, and they want to see youths’ take on this idea by having youth share a photo that illustrates to him or her that how and where we live, learn, and play matters.

Contest Prizes:

  • Youth and Young Adult Entrants: Samsung Galaxy 7″ Tablet ($179 value)
  • Adult Professional Entrants: Free Registration to Healthy Teen Network’s 2015 Conference ($550 value)

Deadline & Details: For full contest details and guidelines, go to:

All entries must be received by October 10, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.


Saturday, November 1
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Free Admission and Parking

Leeward Community Colleges’ Discovery Fair will feature Weed & Seed Hawai’i with Keiki & Kapuna ID, Fraud Awareness, Disaster Preparedness and Drug Take Back. Fun for the entire family! Interactive Exploration for Children.



Frolic Hawaii (http://www.frolichawaii.com) soon will be launching a new ation about events and organizations that support the community.

For those unfamiliar with the site, Frolic Hawaii section on the site called “Do Good” that will feature nonprofits and include a calendar of nonprofit events in Hawaii. “Do Good” was created because we saw the value of sharing information is a local entertainment and lifestyle website that covers dining, events, nightlife, style, films and other fun things happening in Hawaii. The readership includes socially active people who enjoy getting out. With their help, there is a strong social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and have more than 40,000 unique visitors per month.

If you have upcoming nonprofit events that you would like to include in our new Do Good calendar, which will launch later this month, please send us the information through the link below:

Event submission form http://form.jotform.us/form/42118332386149

If you prefer, you can just send an email to dogood@frolichawaii.com with the press release about the event, flyer and photos attached. All of the calendar submissions require some type of art work (photo, flyer, logo, etc.).

If you have any questions, please email dogood@frolichawaii.com



Students K-12 in public, private, charter and home schools can log on to www.wevotehawii.org and Practice Voting for candidates and student issues. To Practice Vote, the students will need their precinct and district numbers and grade level, but they will not need their individual Student Password.

October 20-November 4, the WeVoteHawaii General Election will be held online, and individual Student Passwords will be needed…one- student-one-vote. Students are encouraged to ask their teachers for a Student Password. They will vote for candidates in their district and age-specific student issues. At 6 PM November 4th, the WVH ballot results will be posted online. Hawaii will know how the next generation of voters perceived the candidates and decided on the age appropriate student issues.

In the 2012 online election (then called Kids Voting Hawaii) 120,000 students logged on to vote. The older students asked for the new name and selected the new logo for 2014 and beyond. The opportunity to experience democracy first hand and engage in dialogue with their peers and parents makes WeVoteHawaii a meaningful portal to civic education!

Contact: Linda Coble, WVH Board Chair 284-2000 lindacoble@mac.com



It’s no secret that having a trusted, well-informed advisor or financial coach can increase your odds of financial success. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) knows that some people who are transitioning, perhaps from military service, being unemployed, or another tough financial situation, might especially benefit from this one-on-one service focused on their financial and life goals.

The CFPB announced an initiative last year to place trained financial coaches in organizations to provide coaching to consumers, including veterans and those who are low-income or economically vulnerable. Following a full and open competitive procurement process, in April 2014 the CFPB contracted with the Armed Forces Services Corporation (AFSC), a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB), to run this initiative. The financial coaches will work in organizations that are already providing other services, including job training, education, social, and housing services.

Here’s how you or your organization can help

AFSC is looking for 20 organizations, in geographically diverse locations across the country that serve economically vulnerable consumers, to host financial coaches. To be clear, this is not an opportunity for a grant, contract, sub-contract, or funding – just to have a financial coach placed on-site at an existing service delivery location. Check out the criteria and see if your organization or one in your community might be the right fit to host a financial coach. If you think it is, send a submission by October 15, 2014.





The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Hawai`i Chapter Annual Conference, will be held on Monday October 6, 2014 from 8:30am – 4:30pm at the Manoa Grand Ballrooms (Japanese Cultural Center). This year the conference will focus on the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) and provide valuable information and insights into the key elements of ACA and its impact social work practice and social services. Participants can earn 6 CE for attending the conference.

The conference will also be a great opportunity to connect with other professionals to share information and resources. To register for the conference and to download the conference flyer, please visit: www.naswhi2014.eventbrite.com.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact info@naswhi.org or 808-521-1787.



Speaker: Steven L.F. Ho, Esq. and Cathy Keaulani, SPHR, CCP, GRP
What laws affect the compensation of nonprofit executives?
What procedure should the board follow in determining executive compensation?
What type of documentation is necessary?
What are the practical considerations when creating a compensation program?
Presented by Hawaii Employers Council

October 23, 2014
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
HEC Kahili Meeting Room

Download brochure / registration form



Tuesday October 28, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM HST
Registration opens at 8:00 AM

Hale Koa Hotel – Derussy Hall
2055 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815

$20.00 Includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch

Deadline to Register Friday, October 17, 2014

CEU 5.5 hours approved by ADAD (pending)

Parking $5.00 with validation at training

Every organization invited to this training has a vision to contribute to caring for Hawaii’s children. Is it possible to navigate through our personal and organizational identities to a collective effort toward expanding opportunities and resources to help our youth and families? Join us in learning about and creating an “aloha response” to meet the challenge of developing meaningful systems and wraparound care.

Pono Shim will share about the “aloha response” and how this way of living and working can help connect and strengthen the system of care for our youth and families. Mel Horikami will share about optimizing opportunities and resources toward transformational results. Scenarios and situations will be discussed to demonstrate how to find the “aloha responses” to problems, issues, and opportunities and apply them as we work with youth, families, co-workers, and other organizations.

This training will allow participants to:

  • Begin finding and applying new skills that enrich our work and everyday life.
  • Understand how to solve problems with a new perspective.
  • Share and learn about issues that present challenges and how to seek solutions.
  • Become part of a collective effort to connect youth to caring support systems.

Target Audience: Youth and family service providers, judiciary, probation officers, law enforcement, educators, and State agencies who work with children and youth.

Register Now!



October 21 or 23
6:00 – 8:15 pm
Manoa Grand Ballroonm
2454 South Beretania St.

October 22
6:00 -8:15 pm
Hawaii Okinawa Center
94-687 Uke’e Street

AAA Hawaii is committed to improving education and safety among teen drivers and parents. Traffic crashes are still the leading cause of death and serious injury for teens, AAA Hawaii has developed a free interactive community program which includes games, activities and fun videos to teach parents and teens about the danger, responsibility and process of driving. During the workshop we will have giveaways, prizes and goody bags with free local resources. The program is designed for teens 13 through 16 years old and their parents.

Free Parking and Free reSource bag.

Reservations required at http://aaa.com/safety4teens

For additional information:808-529-5027



October 20 – November 21, Monday through Friday
8:00 am – 3:00 pm

A hands-on training program that gives Native Hawaiian men and women an opportunity to explore and train for work in the maritime field – jobs that can offer life-time employmnet and high wages right here in Hawai’i.

This is learning-by-doing. Participants will be introduced to a wide variety of shore and ship-based job opportunities. Participants will learn and practice basic maritime skills. During the final week, participants will serve as crew on a voyage around the Hawaiian Islands aboard Marimed’s tall-ship, SSV Makani Olu.

Classes are held in Kaneohe; field trips throughout Oahu.

For application go to http://www. Marimed.org

For additional information contact Jodie.Yim@Marimed.org

Supported by Alu Like, Inc.



October 30, 2014, Thursday
Queen’s Conference Center Auditorium
510 S. Beretania St., Honolulu

Presenter: Jay Golden, Storyteller Trainer and Co-founder of Wakingstar

A full day training about community enrichment through techniques of storytelling. Local work force members will share one of their “stories” as models of how we can develop our own stories to enrich our work and our communities through developed connection and direction.

For further information contact Camille Cristobal at cuc@hawaii.edu or 627-5246.

To register: https://training30oct2014.eventbrite.com



A Brown Bag Seminar presneted by Mental Health America of Hawaii

October 28
Registration at 11:00 am
11:30 – 1:00 pm
Cenral Union Church
1660 S. Beretania St
Parking entrance on Punahou St.
$15 – $30 Donation Requested

Panel: Michael Christopher, PsyD, PhD; KAthleen Rhoads Merriam, MSW; James Westphal, M.D.

From the headlines, it seems like most of the people committing mass murders these past few years have been mentally ill, primarily with schizophrenia … giving the impression to the general public that people with mental illness are much more violent than people without mental illness. What is the truth?

For more details, call 521-1846 or info@mentalhealth-hi.org





Lena Phomsouvanh is a senior studying Family Resources and Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She has an interest in working at a higher level to advocate because she believes we are able to make an even greater impact in our communities through public policy. From her HYSN internship she hopes to gain first-hand experience in working within a nonprofit and she would like to understand the process of public policy and advocacy. She is thankful for the opportunity to be working with HYSN because it is experienced and well-informed and hopes to learn a lot!

Editor’s Note: Lena hit the deck running in September by assisting in a number of tasks for which we are most grateful.

September Newsletter

September 1st, 2014


The National Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center recently invited me to be an advisor on youth trends and issues and organizational management concerns. This will help them determine what kinds of training and technical assistance is needed to support federally-funded runaway and homeless youth programs across the country. Hawaii Youth Services Network has received federal funding to support a statewide Runaway and Homeless Youth Collaborative since 1981.

Last week, we held our first conference call with advisors from Vermont, Florida, Indiana, California, and other parts of the country. We shared our issues and concerns, and most of them will sound very familiar to you.

My colleagues talked about engaging youth with school and employment, domestic violence, human trafficking, migrant workers, decriminalizing status offenses, and pregnancy/STI prevention. We emphasized the need to provide culturally relevant services to ethnic and cultural minorities. People talked about working with youth with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Then we moved on to challenges and needs for our staff and our agencies. Some of the issues shared by my colleagues included:

  • Recruiting and retaining qualified staff on a small budget;
  • Need to establish credentialing options for youth workers;
  • Managing multiple funding sources and meeting funder requirements;
  • Tying together research and practice; using research data in advocacy efforts;
  • Getting Boards of Directors involved in resource development; and
  • Increasing capacity in rural areas.

Have you identified issues or trends about the youth and communities with which you work that I should share with RHYTTAC? Please share with me by sending an e-mail to jclark@hysn.org or calling me at 531-2198 ext. 1.





Judge Mark Browning, Chief Justice of Juvenile Court, was a speaker at the Hawaii Youth Services Network Annual Meeting in July. For those of you who were not able to attend, here are some of his thoughts about reforming the juvenile justice system, excerpted from the Honolulu Star Advertiser, August 22, 2014.

It’s a very complicated problem. … Eighty percent of our kids (in the system) have serious substance abuse issues. ..

And yet we as a community, at least up until this point, haven’t really prioritized the needs of our children. Because, if 80 percent of our kids suffer from those problems, why don’t we have resources to treat kids? And we simply didn’t have enough resources …

Mental health: 60 percent of our children have … everything from depression to schizophrenia, to you name it. I’ve had kids who’ve attempted suicide five or six times … we can’t get them treatment. …

Those are the kinds of issues we as a community were facing for years. If we care about these children and we really prioritize the needs of our kids, then we understand that we need to put the money up front toward treatment and toward resources in terms of helping these kids, instead of incarcerating these kids.

We’re talking about kids who, for the most part, are not serious threats to our community. They simply are kids who have suffered trauma and have had serious family problems, have been treated in ways that are sometimes horrible, or sometimes have suffered horrible things that they shouldn’t ever have. As a result they’re acting in ways that are either self-destructive or not consistent with society’s norms. . .

Before this reform, kids who committed misdemeanors would many times be placed in incarceration. Now, you don’t see adults going to prison or being incarcerated, for the most part, for shoplifting. . . and that had to change.

So the point is, it’s almost like a cost-benefit analysis. We know from all the years we’ve been doing this as a judiciary system, and this is nationwide, that the system has been essentially built upon the notion that you invest in prisons and you invest in those kinds of facilities. We’re putting all the money at the back end.

And that is exponentially much more costly, both in tax dollars and in terms of human capital, than placing money up front to intervene as early as possible, to redirect these kids in a positive way.



Soroptimist International of the Americas is offering a wonderful opportunity to provide cash awards to women who are seeking to overcome adversity in their lives by pursuing a higher education. The money awarded can be used toward expenses related to their educational goals, such as the cost of tuition, books, childcare, or transportation. Through the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards, $1.6 million is awarded each year.

Informational flyer and application. Applications are due by November 15th.



The Hawai’i Children’s Trust Fund, in partnership with Joyful Heart Foundation launcehd the the One Strong ‘Ohana (OSO) toolkit to assist organizations in spreading the message of child abuse and neglect prevention. The OSO Partner toolkit includes information related to branding, downloadable flyers, tipcards, as well as digital and social media resources.



The FRIENDS web-based Evaluation Toolkit has been revised and updated. Visit http://www.friendsnrc.org, and click on the Evaluation Toolkit link on the left side of the main page. You will find a wealth of information on evaluating the outcomes of prevention programs, from developing a logic model through analyzing evaluation results. The toolkit includes infographics, tips for evaluation, and links to other relevant evaluation resources.



The Mental Health Association has announced the udated version of Finding Help Human Services Directory. It contains phone numbers and websites for more than 500 aagencies, programs, and institutions. Issues covered include Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services, Bereavement & Grief Support, Community Health Centeres, Counseling Programs, Health Insurance Providers, Senior Services, Domestic Violence programs, Support Groups, and many more.

You can order printed copies donated by the Bank of Hawaii by emailing your name, phone number and address to info@mentalhealth-hi.org or you can download it from the MHA website


20th Anniversary
Thursday, October 23, 2014
12:00 p.m. – Meet at Hawaii State Capitol Rotunda
To be followed by a rally at 12:20 p.m. at Honolulu Hale

This year the Men’s March Against Violence will hold its 20th march in honor of the memory of the women of Hawai`i who have been victimized by domestic volence and to thank all those who have worked to create safety for women in our community over the past 20 years.

The march will be co-sponsored by the following organizations:

  • Catholic Charities Hawaii
  • PHOCUSED (Protecting Hawaii’s Ohana, Children, Under-Served, Elderly & Disabled)
  • Domestic Violence Action Center
  • Coalition for a Drug Free Hawaii
  • City & County of Honolulu
  • Kapiolani Community College



Stop Flu at School consent forms are due October 16.

Vaccination is a child’s best protection against the flu (influenza). The Hawaiʿi State Department of Health will conduct its annual school‐based flu vaccination program, Protect Hawaii’s Keiki: Stop Flu at School, this fall. All students statewide, kindergarten through eighth grade, who attend a participating school can receive a free flu vaccination.

For more information on the flu, tips on staying healthy and reducing your risk of flu complications, visit the Flu Hawaii page at http://www.flu.hawaii.gov or call 2‐1‐1.


November 7, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Harm Reduction is a philosophy and set of strategies for working with people engaged in potentially harmful behaviors. The main objective is to reduce the potential dangers and health risks associated with such behaviors, even for those who are not willing or able to completely stop. Harm reduction uses a non-judgmental, holistic and individualized approach to support incremental change & increase the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

The tipping point is the time when many small changes become significant enough to create larger, more important changes. Many in Hawaii and across the country feel we are at the tipping point in our response to drug use, drug users and recovery. A collaboration of service providers, community organizations, and concerned citizens will convene for a one-day interactive conference to discuss ways of developing more holistic and culturally appropriate evidence-based interventions in the context of harm reduction practice.

Conference Topics Include:

  • Housing first, homelessness & drug use
  • Harm reduction and recovery
  • Trauma informed care
  • Youth and drug use
  • Marijuana and medicinal cannabis
  • Drugs and sex work
  • Prescription drugs and overdose
  • Self-care for harm reduction workers
  • Kupuna and drug use
  • Overview of harm reduction

Conference Partners Include:

AIDS Education Project * AIDS Community Care Team * Community Alliance on Prisons * Drug Policy Forum of Hawai’i * Gay Straight Alliance Hawai’i * Gregory House Programs * Hale Kipa *Harm Reduction Hawai’i * Hawai’i Appleseed * Hawai’i Department of Health’s Injury Prevention and Control Section * Hawai’i Department of Health’s STD/AIDS Prevention Branch * Hawai’i Island HIV/AIDS Foundation * Hawai’i Pacific University’s School of Social Work * Hawai’i Public Health Association * Hawai’i Youth Coalition * Hawai’i Youth Services Network * Hep Free Hawai’i * Hepatitis Support Network of Hawai’i * Hina Mauka * Kawai Foundation * Life Foundation* Mālama Pono * Maui AIDS Foundation * Mental Health America of Hawai’i * Planned Parenthood of Hawai’i * University of Hawai’i at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry *University of Hawai’i at Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene *Waikiki Health Care-A-Van Program


Registration Now Open at http://www.harmreductionhawaii.wordpress.com




The Kemoeatu Brothers Foundation was founded by NFL players, Chris and Ma’ake Kemoeatu in the effort to help improve the lives of underprivileged children in Hawaii by providing assistance in their educational, social, and economic development.

The organization hosts sports camps and toy drives; creates celebrity engagement opportunities; pursues and creates scholarships for its program participants; and partners with other fundamental non-profit organizations to assist in reaching its goals.


The Kemoeatu Brothers Foundation offers a variety of programs and services aimed to assist, promote, and protect the underprivileged youth of Hawaii.

  • Football camps and clinics
  • Tutoring
  • College entrance exam preparation
  • College academic and athletic scholarships
  • College athletic placement
  • Holiday economic assistance
  • Athletic facility renovation and development
  • Injury Prevention
    • Youth suicide prevention
    • concussion awareness and prevention

Additional information can be found at http://www.kemoeatubrothers.org/





Wednesday, September 17
8 a.m. to 9:30a.m. HST (2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. EDST)

Want to mobilize your community to take action to prevent sexual an domestiv violence? This web conference takes a look at how to leverage community education efforts into opportunities for norms change dialogue and policy change. A wide variety of resources and tools from existing movements and promising approaches for movement builidng in the field will be discusssed. Guests and paricipants will explore strategies grounded in this moment in time and discuss how to utilize the increasing visibility of norms that foster sexual abuse and domestic violence to mobilize acation and advance primary prevention.

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify examples of community education efforts that can be expanded to norms change strategies.
  • Understand the key characteristics of a mobilization approach.
  • Be familiar with examples of successful efforts and tools to further refine local efforts.

Guest Presenters:

  • Paula Chun, Executive Director, Hawaii Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Helene Kaiwi, Senior Associate, Hawaii Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Branch
  • Valerie Mariano, Chief, Community and Crime Prevention Branch, Hawaii Department of the Attorney General
  • Alan Heisterkamp, Director, Mentors in Violence Prevention Leadership Institute, Center for Violence Prevention

Click http://www.preventconnect.org/2014/08/norms_change/ to register.


November 12, 530P-830P—It’s pau work; bring a little something to eat!
HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union, 1226 College Walk, Honolulu HI
Seating for 50; $20 Earlybird registration

Talking story about Trauma Informed Care with Elizabeth Power, who presented at Ko’olau in March 2014 and whose work includes serving Hale Kipa and Ku Aloha Ola Mau. Join us for a relaxed evening of talking story about the power of focusing on “what happened instead of what’s wrong” and the power of culture in healing.

Registration now open on Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversations-trauma-informed-care-tickets-12556973245)

Contact Elizabeth Power, epower@epowerandassociates.com or, on Oahu, lcook@kualoha.org for more information


One Day Trainings November 13/14
November 13 or 14, 830A-530P—Breakfast, lunch, materials included;
Ko’olau Ballrooms & Conference Center, 45-550 Kionaole Road, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744
Seating for 125 each day; $150 per person

Risking Connection© is Sidran Institute’s flagship trauma-informed care model. Developed in the 1990s, it has been adopted by agencies that serve those diagnosed with mental illness, substance use issues, who are homeless, faith communities, inpatient and congregate care facilities, and even insurance claim call centers. Why? As a model that focuses on how overwhelming experiences impact people—including service providers—it reduces the time, trauma, and costs of healing for everyone.

Elizabeth Power, M.Ed. is the principal of one of two firms authorized directly by Sidran Institute to help organizations learn and implement the program, and as a person with lived experience as well as deep knowledge in cross-cultural practices in multiple communities.

This one day event—offered on November 13 and repeated on November 14—is a condensed version of the 20 hour program, and uses the core forms and learnings incorporated around two typical situations you might encounter. While only two cases are used, the same core forms as in the longer version are utilized and you receive a specially condensed version of the reference materials, the same as those used when the one-day format was developed by EPower & Associates as part of a research project with Sidran at Georgetown University.


Registration now open on Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/risking-connection-one-day-trainings-nov-1314-tickets-12597207587)

Contact Elizabeth Power, epower@epowerandassociates.com or, on Oahu, lcook@kualoha.org for more information.


All workshops will be held at Wayland Baptist University
95-1091 Ainamakua Drive
Mililani Mauka

When Children Struggle to Read
September 6, 9:00 – 11:00 am

An overview of language-based reading difficulties such as dyslexia, a specific learning disability (SLD), how these affect learning, and what kind of teaching and intervention works best for learners with language-based reading difficulties.

Dyslexia Simulations (Interactive Workshop)
September 20, 9:00 -11: 30 am

Participants will rotate through six learning stations with simple activities designed to give a hands-on awareness of what dyslexic persons experience every day. The activities include language-related tasks similar to those encountered in the classeroom and workplace. An explanation of the aspects of dyslexia being simulated in each learning station and brief group discussion will follow.

Help/Support for Struggling Readers (an Overview)
October 4, 9:00 – 11:00 am

Individuals with language-based learning disabilities have difficulty processing and organizing information. While most people associate dyslexia with reading, it can also affect memory, organization and other skills necessary to navigate school and life. Community experts will share and discuss information about help and support for struggling readers including strategies, tips and resources.

Register by emailing mhiga@dyslexia-hawaii.org