August Newsletter

August 1st, 2014


It has been 14 years since Hawaii Youth Services Network raised its dues.

In 2000, the average cost of a gallon of gasoline was $1.90. Today it is $4.19. The training, partnership building, planning, and public policy development that we provide to you costs more too.

In 2013, Hawaii Youth Services Network conducted 14 workshops and 2 conferences totaling 134 hours of training. The cost to our members and supporters if you attended every one of these trainings: $80 per person. Four trainings were conducted on neighbor islands. HYSN provided more $15,000 in airline travel scholarships to ensure that youth workers statewide could participate.

HYSN brings more than $1.5 million in federal funds each year to Hawaii’s youth through our partnerships and collaborations. 62% of our total budget is passed on to partners in multi-agency projects.

HYSN is the voice of youth services to public policy makers and funders. We are working to improve the foster care and juvenile justice system; reduce unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections; and prevent bullying and violence.

Our membership dues provide the non-federal matching funds that allow us to leverage $1.5 million in funding for runaway and homeless youth, teen pregnancy and STI prevention and other important needs. It enables us to take on emerging issues that impact your community and youth population when other funding is not available.

So this year, we are finally raising our dues and adopting a graduated dues system based on your agency’s budget. Currently, dues are only $300 per agency. The following is the new dues schedule starting in September 2014:

Budget Size Dues
Under $500,000 $400
$500,000 – $2 million $500
$2 million – $5 million $600
$5,000,000 or higher $750

If you have comments or concerns about the changes to Hawaii Youth Services Network’s membership dues structure, please contact me at 531-2198 ext. 1 or via e-mail at




Tuesday, September 16
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Friends of Catholic Charities Hawaii Community Hall

The 2014 Advocacy Conference will bring together members of coalitions across the state to share information about their respective initiatives, and explore opportunities to collaborate on joint advocacy efforts in the 2015 legislative session.

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

Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice
Catholic Charities Hawaii
PHOCUSED (Protecting Hawaii’s Ohana, Children, Under-Served, Elderly & Disabled)

For additional information contact:
Trisha Kajimura
Social Policy Director
Catholic Charities Hawaii
Tel: (808) 527-4810



If you are hosting a community event, then you may qualify for an Ahahui Grant of up to $10,000. Application and full details available at The second round FY 2015 “Ahahui Grant deadline is September 5, 2014.



The Office on Women’s Health released a new set of state fact sheets on women’s health. Divided according to HHS Regions, each fact sheet provides a snapshot of demographic characteristics and information on a variety of health status indicators for females. These health status indicators include health conditions and risk factors, preventive services and screenings, prenatal care and pregnancy risk, teen health, and more.



Hawaii officials aim to reduce the juvenile population at Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility by more than half in the next five years and use savings from the reduction to steer troubled youth toward a crime-free life, according to Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s office.

The effort is part of a bill Abercrombie signed into law last month. Abercrombie also signed a law that bans sentencing children to life in prison without the possibility of parole in Hawaii. “This is all part of an ongoing re-examination … of our criminal justice system,” Abercrombie said before signing the bills.

Act 201 attempts to improve the juvenile system by reserving the 56 beds at HYCF for serious juvenile offenders and diverting less serious offenders to group homes or other private institutions. That will reduce HYCF’s population by about 60 percent over the next five years and save the state about $11 million, according to the governor’s office. Last year the state spent $200,000 per bed at HYCF, the state’s only youth correctional facility.

Despite the six-figure cost, about 75 percent of youth released from the facility reoffend within three years, according to the bill.

“The focus of the bill is to really do all the work up front when the kid first starts getting in trouble, so you don’t have to use the back end,” said David Hipp, executive director of the Office of Youth Services, which oversees the youth facility. “All the research shows that once you start locking a kid up, you get diminishing returns.”

He said the state must wrap services around youths to keep them out of trouble, do the correct case management and follow up to keep youths from falling deeper into the system. He said the act provides funding to purchase services for youths and makes best practices nationwide into state law.



On July 1, the Hawai’i Department of Human Services (DHS) launched Imua Kakou, its new young adult voluntary foster care program designed to help young adults transition to adulthood, independence and self-sufficiency.

Signed one year ago by Governor Neil Abercrombie, Act 252 (Senate Bill 1340 – Relating to Foster Care) allows former foster youth to voluntary extend foster care to age 21.

“We are sending a clear message to former foster youth that we won’t abandon them simply because they turn 18,” said Governor Abercrombie, who strongly supported the measure. “We can effectively help them transition to capable, successful adults by offering programs and opportunities that will provide stability and support.”

This new program allows young adults who turn 18 years old in foster care, or those youth who were adopted or placed in a guardianship after age 16, to participate in the voluntary foster care program until age 21. Imua Kākou provides extended foster board payments, case management support, housing opportunities, training in independent living, assistance in securing jobs or job training, and support to continue education. To participate, the young adult must be:

  • completing high school or a program equivalent;
  • enrolled in post-secondary or vocational education;
  • participating in a program to promote employment;
  • employed for at least 80 hours per month;
  • or incapable of doing any of the above activities due to a medical condition.

Hawai’i was also the first state in the nation to extend Medicaid coverage to former foster youth until age 26.




September 24 – 25 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: McCoy Pavilion 1201 Ala Moana Boulevard Honolulu
About the WhyTry Program: The idea is simple: Teach social and emotional principles to youth in a way they can understand and remember. This is accomplished using a series of ten visual analogies. The visual analogies are then reinforced by music and physical activities.
Sponsor: Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii Cost:
$300 – Training only
$599 – Training including online curriculum

Contact Information:
Bjorn Trejo Direct: 801.705.6147 E-Mail:
Register online at http://www.whytry/training



Saturday, September 20, 2014 10 am-3 pm
A one-day training for youth and youth program mentors Doors open 9:30 for Registration & Refreshments
Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union
1226 College Walk-Honolulu
(off Aala St. between Beretania & Kukui streets)
parking $3
some street parking
carpooling encouraged

  • Build your skills to read, see, and listen to media more critically.
  • Learn tools to decode misleading messages.
  • Explore ideas about creating new alternatives.

Looking Beyond the Frame

The ability to analyze and evaluate media messagesis an essential first step in becoming media literate.

Deconstructing individual media examples, identifying the persuasion techniques used, and applying media literacy concepts are important skills that can lead to a deeper understanding of the media messages that bombard us every day. But this is just the beginning. True media literacy requires “looking beyond the frame” of the media message to examine its context.

Who Should Come:

Organizations that work with youth for empowerment and critical thinking. 3-5 representatives of an organization, including both youth and mentors, are encouraged to participate as teams.

Featured Trainer: Andrea Quijada,
Executive Director, Media Literacy Project

With more than a decade of experience as a media literacy trainer, and 20 years as a community organizer, Quijada has a deep passion for media justice. She presents nationally and internationally on the impact of media on culture, politics, and technology. She has co-founded various organizations in Albuquerque, including Young Women United, a reproductive justice organization by and for young women of color. She is particularly interested in media as a tool for self-determination and movement building.

For more information contact Hawaii People’s Fund
Limited to 50 Participants
Please Register by September 5
Special Hawaii People’s Fund price: $50
Includes lunch snacks
*Neighbor Islands: Limited travel support available.




Parents and Children Together has announced that CEO and President Ruthann Quitiquit will retire in the fall after 26 years of working with the agency and that Ryan Kusumoto, currently vice president of business operations at Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, will succeed her in the fall. Quitiquit joined PACT as the director of special services in 1988. She became CEO and president seven years later and helped PACT grow from a single-site agency on Oahu to a nonprofit that offers 16 programs in more than 50 locations. Kusumoto will also join PACT’s board of directors. He was a member of Pacific Business News’ Forty Under 40 Class in 2013 and joined Goodwill seven years ago.



Pacific Business News has named three Hawaii nonprofits — Child & Family Services,Hawaii Pacific Health and Kamehameha Schools — among its 2014 Healthiest Employers. CFS was selected in the medium-size company (100 to 499 employees) group and HPH and KS were among the winners in the large company (500 or more employees) group.

July Newsletter

July 1st, 2014


I spent the first week of June in Washington DC attending the State Summit on Adolescent Reproductive Health and the National Teen Pregnancy Conference and Federal Grant Meeting.

I listened to “Champions of Sexual Health Education” share their experiences. This included the man who started teaching sexual health in his science classes after being named Boston’s Teacher of the Year, and a college student from Florida who successfully advocated for a comprehensive sex education policy in the Broward County Public Schools.

With Sonia Blackiston and Kathleen Stofocik, we made a round of visits to Hawaii’s congressional delegation. At Senator Mazie Hirono’s coffee hour, we tasted her mother’s homemade guava jam while listening to 3 congressional pages talk about the highlights of their semester in Washington DC.

Darlene Tudela and I conducted a poster session about the making of our new HIV prevention video, The Hard Way: Pacific Islands. We shared information about ethnic and cultural disparities and the need for educational materials that are culturally relevant for youth in Hawaii and other Pacific Islands with other grantees. More than 20 of our colleagues took copies of the video home with them.

I was most intrigued though, by the poster that was printed on a very thin, flexible piece of vinyl. While the rest of us were hauling around 4 foot long mailing tubes and mailing them to and from DC, that poster could be folded flat and carried in a purse. I know what I’m going to do the next time that I present a poster at a conference.

Of course, many of the most memorable moments of the trip were the conversations with others who are as passionate about their work as I am. Lunch with colleagues from California; a fascinating discussion with the exhibitor from the Office of Minority Health; and meeting with our partners in the Public School System from Saipan were fulfilling. Especially noteworthy was a peer educator from Alaska who was amazed when he saw his first banana tree at a reception in the botanical garden.

Enjoyed it all and glad to be home.




Hawaii’s youngest cooks can show off their chops at the 2014 Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival, with a recipe contest in which finalists will cook for chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and chef Jason Fox of Commonwealth restaurant in San Francisco.

The festival is seeking original recipes from youths ages 8 to 17 for the Kellogg’s and Foodland Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. Recipes must feature one fresh locally grown or raised ingredient, be healthy and affordable as well as easy to make, and employ no more than 10 ingredients and 10 steps to prepare. The deadline is July 31.

Three finalists will be selected from two age categories, 8- to 12-years-olds and teens 13 to 17. Contenders will prepare their dishes Sept. 6 at the Honolulu Zoo during the festival’s Keiki in the Kitchen: Food, Fitness & Fun! event.

First-place winners will be able to invite nine of their closest friends to a Keiki Night Out party put together by either chef Roy Yamaguchi or chef Alan Wong. Champs will also win a two-night stay in oceanfront rooms at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach in Waikiki.



Looking for youth programs and services? Directory

Please give call at (808) 956-9974 or email, if you have questions.



The Children’s Alliance of Hawaii has recently begun a new program Pinao on Saturday afternoons for youth ages 13 through 21. Pinao is a weekly program for youth who have been sexually abused designed to develop and increase skills for problem solving, goal setting, conflict resolution, independent living and support for building individual strengths and resiliency that is necessary in adulthood. Pinao is the Hawaiian term for dragonfly, and represents strength, resiliency, transformation, power and poise.

Pinao offers life skills classes taught by staff and community volunteers. They share information in a meaningful and personalized manner that accommodates different learning styles helping the youth to make healthy life changes in their everyday lives. Topics are age appropriate and meet the needs of the youth such as goal setting, employment skills, health, college/career preparation, and healthy relationships. We also add new topics regularly as requested by the youth.

Pinao meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at The Children’s Alliance of Hawaii office, located at Honolulu at 200 N. Vineyard Blvd., Suite 410 (corner of N. Vineyard Blvd, and Aala St). If you are interested in making a referral or would like more information about this program, please contact Amy Aoki, MSW at 599-2955 extension 218 or



The Children’s Alliance of Hawaii’s Enhancements program designed to enhance the lives of children and adolescents who have been abused and/or neglected on Oahu and Kauai through financial assistance for goods and services that will contribute to their healing process. The program focuses on the child’s individual needs and offers support for school-related expenses, sports, hobbies, intersession activities, transition into adulthood expenses, and specific health-related costs.

The monetary assistance provided through Enhancements is intended to be used in meaningful areas of the child’s life and where other resources are unavailable. The goal of Enhancements is to help children heal from the effects of abuse by providing access to items and opportunities they may not be able to afford. The program enriches the child’s physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development. It increases the child’s self-esteem and sense of self-worth. It also allows the child to feel a sense of normalcy and creates positive childhood experiences.

Who’s eligible? Children who have been abused or neglected, or who lived in a home when abuse of a sibling occurred Under the age of 18 (may be older than 18 if still in foster care) Currently living on Oahu or Kauai Referred by a professional service provider or foster parent Funds must be for a specific item, service, or activity that will enhance the child’s quality of life. If you are interested in more information or making a referral to this program, please contact the Enhancements program at 599-2955 (on Oahu) or 246-3736 (on Kauai) or by email at .




Advocates for Youth is partnering in a summer RJ Lawyering webinar series with American University Washington College of Law Women and the Law Program and Law Students for Reproductive Justice.

Tuesday, July 8th at 11amPT/2pmET
Sexuality Education for Medicaid and CHIP Eligible Adolescents
Jamille Fields, National Health Law Program
Jane Perkins, National Health Law Program
Join us to discuss the long-standing Medicaid and CHIP requirements and the newly created Affordable Care Act requirements to provide comprehensive sexuality education during medical screenings.

Registration for the webinar is free. To apply for CLE credit, you must email Washington College of Law at in addition to registering for the webinar. The fee is $55 and 1 CLE credit will be applied for. Washington College of the Law is an accredited provider for Virginia and Pennsylvania, with reciprocity for various states, including New York, New Jersey, Colorado, and California. All other states will be applied to upon request. You can register for the webinar here – –



Friday, July 11, 12 pm to 1:30 pm
Queen’s Conference Center and VTC sites

Social workers and medical professionals could benefit from using MI if they are not already doing so. Many organizations have adapted MI into their practices since it has been proven to work and can help improve outcomes even during brief encounters.

Substance abuse counselors, health professionals, homeless service providers, mental illness case managers and life coaches are now using MI in their practices. Even those who have had training on MI could benefit from this special presentation.

Guest Speaker: C. Malina Kaulukuui, MSW, LSW
About the speaker: C. Malina Kaulukukui, MSW, LSW, School of Social Work, UH Manoa, is coordinator of the SSW Hawaiian Learning Program, as well as instructor of the behavioral health concentration course.
Education: MSW, Portland State University, 1981.
Research Interest/Area: Behavioral Health Clinical Practice, trauma-informed care, culturally-resonant practice.
Learning Objectives are:

  • Identify client/patient situations where Motivational Interviewing may be a useful approach.
  • Identify the core processes and principles of Motivational Interviewing.
  • Practice one basic Motivational Interviewing approach.

What is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change. – See more at:

REGISTER for QCC, all video conferencing sites or webinar



Helping Our Parents Educate

July 25, 2014
(9am-9:30am Registration)
Lihue Airport’s Mezzanine Conference Room

HOPE aims to educate parents on how to communicate about sex and sexuality with their youth. This 1-day workshop helps provide the knowledge, tools, and techniques to be an effective health educator for your child.

  • Learn techniques and tools to talk with youth about sexuality
  • Learn how to become a more approachable adult/parent for a youth seeking sexual health information
  • Learn how to encourage parents to talk with their youth about sex and vice versa
  • Learn how technology can be utilized when talking and engaging youth about sexual health

Who Should Attend This Workshop?

Parents/Guardians/Aunts/Uncles/Grandparents Case Managers/Social Workers Health Teachers/Health Educators Youth Program Coordinators/Youth Counselors

What if I Only Work With Youth?

You CAN still attend this workshop! It will give you tips and show you how to be a highly effective youth motivator and an adult that youth can turn to for answers.

If you are looking for ways to engage your youth through technology this workshop will also provide tips and suggestions on how to use technology when working with youth.

To Register, please click on link below by July 18:



July 24, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
McKinley High School Auditorium

Topics include:

  • Concussion recognition
  • Return to play protocol
  • Concussion cases in Hawaii
  • Concussion management
  • Heat illness

For more information




Friday, September 19, 2014
8:30 8:88:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Pagoda Hotel


  • Current Developments at the IRS affecting Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Issues and Challenges related to the Preparation of Form 990
  • Hawaii General Excise Tax for Nonprofits
  • Current Developments in Hawaii Affecting Not-For-Profit Organizations
  • Update on the Affordable Care Act
  • Financial Statements for Grant Proposal
  • Update on Compensation Level for Executive Directors and Employees

Registration forms will be available on our website by August 1st –

Please email Valery Baranets for questions –




What: Girls Circle facilitator training – FREE

When: Monday, Aug 4th & Tuesday, Aug 5th, 2014 8:00am – 4:30pm

Where: O`ahu location TBA

Who: Those working with girls 9-18 years old

Why: Girls Circle addresses conditions and risks and builds on protective factors

Project Kealahou is excited to announce a free 2-day facilitator certification training for Girls Circle. To find out more information on Girls Circle, please visit theirwebsite or call Project Kealahou at (808) 733-9859 Limited slots




July 17, 2014 (Thur.)10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ward Warehouse, Kewalo Conference Room (2nd floor mauka)
1050 Ala Moana Blvd Bldg. D, Honolulu


Nearly half of Hawaii’s juvenile arrests are for status offenses, such as running away from home or being truant from school. Hawaiian and Pacific Islander youth are more likely to have involvement with law enforcement and more likely to be incarcerated when convicted. Find out about Hawaii’s efforts to:

  • Decriminalize status offenses,
  • Provide more flexible probation options for judges,
  • Connect youth with mental health and substance abuse treatment, and
  • Ensure that beds in the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility are used only for serious offenders.

Confirmed speakers include Judge Mark Browning, Chief Justice of
Family Court, and Dr. Karen Umemoto, author of the report on
Disproportionate Minority Contact in the Juvenile Justice System.

HYSN will also recognize outgoing board members and elect the new
Board of Directors.

Cost: $20 (includes lunch)

RSVP by Thursday, July 10th by clicking the registration link below or by copying and pasting it into your internet browser:

Registration assistance, questions or concerns, please contact Maricel Lumagui at 808-531-2189 ext. 6 or via email at

Air Travel Scholarships: Hawaii Youth Services Network member organizations on neighbor islands may request two round-trip airline tickets. Membership dues must be paid for the current year in order to qualify for a scholarship. Please contact Maricel Lumagui with your travel scholarship request.

Parking: Free parking in the parking structure at Ward Warehouse. Please do not park in the ground level parking stalls next to the shops.

HYSN is pleased to welcome Jennifer Fonseca as its newest intern. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health at the University of Hawaii. When she graduates, she is hoping to work in health education, particularly in sexual health and teen pregnancy prevention. During her free time she likes to read, hike, and go to the beach. She also loves to travel and claims she “spends far too much time daydreaming about my next destination.”

Jennifer chose to do her practicum at HYSN because of her interest in sexual health and youth issues. She is also interested in the behind the scenes aspects of public health, such as fundraising and putting on trainings. She is looking forward to learning about grant writing, program evaluation, and event planning during her time here – and we have plenty of each in which she can become involved.