FROM JUDITH’S DESK
On August 16th, Office of Youth Services (OYS) and Hawaii Youth Services Network co-sponsored the conference, Resiliency in the Faces of Diversity. Participants learned about the Why Try? Curriculum for at-risk youth, heard an inspiring luncheon speech from Roy Sakuma, and OYS shared a report about disproportionate minority contact with the juvenile justice system. But for me, the highlight for the day was the presentation of The Prison Monologues by inmates of the Women’s Community Correctional Facility.
They shared their poetry, essays, and skits about life in prison. I laughed out loud during a skit about a new inmate who was issued giant sized underwear and holey blankets and sheets, when she craved Victoria Secret and silk. When one woman read a letter she wrote to her nine year old daughter apologizing for not being there when needed, and another shared a letter from her adult daughter forgiving her mother for using drugs and going into prison, I had to wipe my tears.
I spent some time with the group helping them prepare for their performance and thanking them for sharing their lives with us. They were so excited about things that I usually take for granted – like the fresh fruit in the hotel breakfast, receiving a speaker lei, and having nametags and conference packets just like everyone else. “You don’t know how much joy you brought into our hearts . . .” said their thank you note to me.
For most of the women in the prison, drugs and/or abuse were key factors that led to incarceration. As youth workers, we can strengthen the protective factors that will keep the next generation out of our prisons. Simple things – a trusted adult with whom to talk, goals and dreams to work toward, participation in sports and other positive activities, the knowledge and skills to make healthy decisions – These can make the difference in the life of a child . . . and the long-term well-being of our families and communities.
Hawaii Community Foundation Youth Prevention Grant Opportunity
The Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) announces the launch of its 2012 youth prevention grantmaking funded by the Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund (Trust Fund). HCF administers the Trust Fund through contract with the Hawaii Department of Health and implements a community grants program focused on ending and preventing tobacco use among Hawaii’s people, including youth.
The 2012 youth prevention grantmaking continues the effort to build on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) six strategies to build or support youth “school connectedness.” As stated by the CDC, students are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors and succeed academically when they feel connected to school. The 2012 youth prevention grantmaking also focuses on a target group of students (middle/intermediate school) and builds on data systems (or tools) now available throughout the Hawaii Department of Education to identify students at risk of disconnection.
Our objective is to support efforts to identify middle/intermediate students at Hawaii public schools at risk of disconnection from school, design and provide effective interventions and supportive programs to address the risk, and improve school connectedness for those students.
The 2012 youth prevention grantmaking is divided into two phases.
Phase 1: A planning phase to allow schools and/or community organizations to plan projects and/or build partnerships to address the needs of a targeted group of students.
Phase 2: An implementation phase to allow schools and/or community organizations to identify at risk students, provide interventions or activities, and track or monitor those students.
Proposals responding to HCF’s Request for Proposals (RFP) must be submitted through the on-line application system (see RFP for more information).
September 6th, 2012 (10-11 am) – Webinar related to this RFP. https://cc.readytalk.com/r/eunwalwzm91y
September 7th, 2012 (1-2 pm) – Webinar related to this RFP. https://cc.readytalk.com/r/wr9em7deyrgh
September 13, 2012 (estimated) – HCF’s on-line application system open to submit proposals for Phase 1 (Planning).
October 22, 2012 (by 5:00 pm HST) – Deadline to submit proposals on-line.
December 23, 2012 (anticipated) – Notification of awards.
Note: If you are unable to participate in either of the webinars, they will be recorded and posted to the HCF website at a later time.
Please go to this link to download/view the RFP: http://www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/grants/grants/grant/hawaii-tobacco-prevention-control-trust-fund-prevention
Deadline is : 10/22/2012
Stop Bullying Video Challenge
Recently, Secretary Duncan called on America’s youth to take the Stop Bullying Video Challenge.
The Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention encourage the youth in your life to submit original PSAs, 30 to 60 seconds in length, that showcase ways they are taking action against bullying and promoting a culture of kindness and respect in their communities.
Full details about the contest, including submission guidelines and rules for eligibility are available at stopbullying.challenge.gov. Please note that the deadline for submissions is October 14, 2012 at 11 PM ET. Youth between 13 and 18 years old are eligible to participate, however those under 18 years of age must have permission from a parent or guardian. The contest winner will receive a grand prize of $2,000, with the two runner-ups earning $500 each.
Here’s how you can take action:
Watch Secretary Duncan’s Video
Work with youth to enter the challenge
Forward this message to your networks
Help #youth showcase ways they are ‘being more than a bystander.’ Enter #BullyingChallenge by Oct 14 http://go.usa.gov/G9y (19 characters remaining
Sample Facebook Post:
Encourage the youth in your life to take the Stop Bullying Video Challenge. Help them to submit an original PSA about how they’re taking action against bullying and being “more than a bystander.” The deadline is October 14 and the top prize is $2,000. http://go.usa.gov/G9y
Sample News Brief (for websites, digests, newsletters, etc.):
Youth: Enter the Stop Bullying Video Challenge
On behalf of the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention, encourage the youth in your life to submit original PSAs, 30 to 60 seconds in length, that showcase ways they are taking action against bullying and promoting a culture of kindness and respect in their communities.
We’re looking for informative and entertaining videos that a send positive message to youth about the importance of being “more than a bystander” to bullying in their schools and communities.
The deadline for submission is October 14, and the top prize is $2,000. Full details about the contest, including submission guidelines and rules for eligibility are available at stopbullying.challenge.gov.
Building Peace in Our Communities
Honolulu County Committee on the Status of Women
Celebrates Women’s Health Month 2012
(Co-sponsored by Hawaii Youth Services Network)
BUILDING PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITIES
A Frank Discussion on Bullying
MISSION MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM
On the grounds of Honolulu Hale
FREE PUBLIC PARKING
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Who should participate?
Students, teachers/professors/lecturers, counselors, school administrators, moms, dads,
aunties, uncles, tutu, caregivers, brothers, sisters…
Light Refreshments will be served from 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Caring for Our Warriors & Their ‘Ohana Teleconference
Fri. 9/14/12 Special Live and Teleconference training “Caring for Our Warriors & Their `Ohana!” at Queens Conference Center, DOH and other sites on all islands.
A special panel of experts wil discuss a very timely and needed presentation focused on caring for our Military Service Members, Veterans and their Families. Learning objectives include:
Recognizing the challenge of providing comprehensive behavioral health care;
Understanding the vast potential benefit of utlizing telehealth in providing behavioral health services for Military Beneficiaries in remote locations;
Appreciating the positive impact of providing behavioral health services for children directly within the schools;
Identifying major areas of focus for the treatment of PTSD in the Military and Veterans populations; and
Discovering community and institutional resources available to assist in the treatment of returning Veterans.
You MUST make reservations at these sites – seating is limited!
Big Island – Hilo – Waiakea HC Environmental Health Facility 808-974-4291
Kauai: Kauai Hospice (Capacity 24), 4457 Pahee Street, Lihue. For
reservation, please call Trishana Star, 808-245-7277.
Lanai: Domestic Violence Program, LCHC (Capacity 10). For
reservations, contact Beverly Zigmond, 808-565-6700.
Maui: Hui No Ke Ola Pono, Cameron Center (Capacity 6 people), 95
Mahalani Street, Room 16B, Wailuku. For reservations, please call
Hau’oli Tomoso at (808) 442-6801
Molokai – Ka Hale Pomaika`i 808-558-8480
Oahu – Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health, 91-2301 Old Fort Weaver
Rd., Ewa Beach (Capacity 10). For reservations, please call Christine
Oahu – Kaneohe, State Hospital (Capacity 10). For reservations, please call 236-8702
Oahu – Ke Ola Mamo, Honolulu Site
Oahu – UH Manoa at S.T.A.N. – Saunders Hall, 7th floor, TIPG conference Room, 808-956-6668
Oahu – Shriners Hospitals for Children Honolulu 808-951-3616
Oahu – Waimanalo Health Clinic. For reservations, please call Haunani Valente and Ann Tanigawa 808-259-7949
PPHI WINS APPLE ORCHARD AWARD
The Planned Parenthood of Hawaii (PPHI) Education & Training team was recently honored with the 2012 Association of Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education (APPLE) Orchard Award. This award is given to an education department that has risen to the occasion and serves as a model of excellence for other affiliates. Sonia Blackiston, PPHI’s Director of Education and Training graciously accepted the award on behalf of the PPHI team during the Drawing Water From a Deeper Well conference in Spokane, Washington August 6-10, 2012. The PPHI Education & Training team is honored to be recognized by their colleagues and peers and remain committed to ensuring that young people, adults and families get the education and information they need to make informed sexual health decisions.