April Newsletter

April 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 Sorry, we do not publish fund raising events.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.


Last month, I attended an Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) federal grantee meeting that focused on sustainability. We are in the middle of the fourth year of a five-year grant. As one of the federal staff stated, “You are 75 grantees selected out of 1,100 application. The competition will be just as tough next time around and there is no guarantee that you will be one of the winners.”

Sustainability is not just about money – although without funding, what you can do will be extremely limited. I would like to share with you the 8 sustainability factors identified by Office of Adolescent Health.

  1. Create an action strategy: Develop your sustainability plan and put it into action.
  2. Assess the environment: Looking at community readiness, local demographics, existing services, and the financial and political climate.
  3. Be adaptable: Community needs evolve and we need to respond to them.
  4. Secure community support: Promote your program and services. Use program leaders and community champions to share your message.
  5. Integrate program services into community infrastructures: Integrate programs, services, and practices into the broader community framework.
  6. Build a leadership team: Identify strong internal leaders and external community champions. Promote leadership development.
  7. Create strategic partnerships: Establish a shared vision and commitment to sustainability.Leverage partner
  8. Secure diverse financial opportunities: Develop a strategy for seeking funding. Build fund raising and grant
    writing capacity.

OAH has created a sustainability resource guide with a number of assessment and planning tools. HYSN plans to develop a sustainability workshop using these tools and offer it to you over the next year or so.

Click here to view the resource guide



You’ve heard the expression: “Think globally, act locally.” That expression usually applies to our imprint on the environment. But it also is a fitting description of how potential donors and others find your nonprofit online. Today, your nonprofit may be using a domain name ending in “.org,” but starting in late summer 2014, two new domain extensions will be available for nonprofits: “.NGO” and “.ONG.” Unlike .org, the new domains will be available only to
charitable nonprofits and other tax-exempt organizations, as well as non-governmental organizations (commonly referred to as “NGOs”) – thus creating for the first time an international database of verified or “genuine” NGOs (according to the
Public Interest Registry , the entity that was originally created to manage the .ORG domains). Why might a nonprofit decide to reserve or use a new domain name in addition to its existing URL? Reserving one of the new URLs may help avoid future confusion in the event another organization reserves the same name with a different ending. To make sure your nonprofit has
the opportunity to reserve a domain name using one or both of the new endings, visit GlobalNGO.org and fill out an “Expression of Interest” so that you are contacted and have the opportunity to reserve the new domain names when they are released on a first come, first served basis later this year. Learn more.



Join us on Wednesday, April 16 at 2:30pm EST (8:30am HST) for Integrating the Evidence-Based Program, Making Proud Choices into the Child Welfare System. This webinar will present results from a project designed to integrate an adapted version of the Making Proud Choices program for use with youth in out-of-home care into child welfare systems in selected states and counties. Project participants (Judith Clark) from Hawaii, Alameda County, CA, Minnesota, and Rhode Island will talk about their experience and lessons learned, and The National Campaign will present results from the process evaluation.

Get more details and register


Sponsored by Hawaii People’s Fund and Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations This training will share best practices in the legal and financial arenas that will help you set your organization up for success.

First up – Brian Ezuka, an attorney who specializes in nonprofit law. Brian will discuss the essential legal elements of a nonprofit organization and best practices to create and maintain structural stability, including compliance with federal law and state laws.

Followed by – Linda Ezuka, a consultant who specializes in nonprofits and finance. Linda will share how to set up a basic bookkeeping system that will create a foundation for your organization’s accounting and financial reporting process. Topics will include an overview of the basics of an effective bookkeeping system, how to create a basic nonprofit budget and how to get your financial records in order.

Saturday, April 19, 2014
9 am-3:30 pm
Registration & Continental Breakfast begins at 8:30
Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union
1226 College Walk, Honolulu
Map Link

Parking $3 or on street; carpooling encouraged
Special Hawaii People’s Fund price: $50
Includes morning refreshments and lunch

Neighbor Islands: Limited travel support available.
Priority given to 1) Hawaii People’s Fund grantees in good standing;
2) Organizations with budgets under $250,000.

Call Hawaii Peoples Fund (Honolulu) at 593-9969
or e-mail – HPFgrants@lava.net for more information.


safeTalk trainings will be held on:
Maui – April 4, May 5
Kauai – April 25, June 9
Hawai’i – March 27, March 28
Oahu – April 3, May 8

Online registration is available at: http://tinyurl.com/ktatqx2

More training dates for safeTALK and ASIST are forthcoming.
Please email sptrainings@dop.hawaii.edu to receive updates as dates are finalized.

March Newsletter

March 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.


Have You Filled a Bucket Today? is a wonderful children’s book that I learned about through Na Lei Aloha’s Bridge of Friendship event last fall.

Everyone in the world carries around an invisible bucket. When you do or say nice things to someone, it fills their bucket – and it fills yours too. But if you are mean and say or do bad things to someone, it empties their bucket. and makes them feel sad or angry.. That’s called being a bucket dipper. Often bucket dippers are people whose buckets are empty. They think they can fill their own bucket by emptying someone else’s bucket. But that never works.

The book suggests ways to fill people’s buckets and encourages each of us to be a bucket filler.

I was so impressed with the book that I have bought copies and shared them with others. And the word is spreading. One person with whom I shared the book read it to her daughter’s kindergarten class. She says that her daughter now comes up to her and says, “I love you Mommy,” while holding up an invisible bucket.

I’m trying to be a bucket filler today and every day. I hope that you are too.



Hawaii Youth Services Network and Hawaii Student Television have completed the production of The Hard Way: Pacific Region. This culturally relevant HIV prevention video is designed for use with youth in Hawaii and other Pacific Islands.

It is the story of Nick and Kalani, two best friends. Kalani has many girlfriends; Nick is totally faithful to his girlfriend, Kayla. Both boys are at risk for HIV. Will one of them test positive????

HYSN is able to offer free copies of the DVD to Hawaii organizations. We are currently working on a discussion guide to accompany the video.

If you would like a copy of The Hard Way: Pacific Region, please contact Maricel Lumagui at maricel@hysn.org or phone 531-2198 ext. 6.


The Hawai’i Children’s Trust Fund, in partnership with Joyful Heart Foundation is proud to announce the launch of the One Strong `Ohana Partner Toolkit. This toolkit was created to allow organizations to utilize the OSO message to educate the community about child abuse and neglect prevention. The OSO Partner toolkit is an online toolkit that includes information related to branding, downloadable materials, digit and social media resources and so much more. To access the toolkit, please click on the link below.


Please help us to continue to spread awareness about child abuse and neglect prevention by opting in and utilizing the toolkit.


The Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women has dedicated 2014 (the Commission’s 50th anniversary) as “Year of the Girl”. In celebrating Year of the Girl, the Commission seeks to honor and uplift the contributions and resiliency of Hawaii’s girls and young women. We have collaborated with various community organizations and advocates to create an exciting year long calendar of events and activities for girls and young women. Please visit: http://www.yearofthegirl.org for more information.


New report available from the Urban Institute, Justice Policy Center on the use of technology in teen dating violence and abuse and bullying. To obtain a copy, go to https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/243296.pdf


The Hawai‘i State Department of Human Services (DHS) recently released its 2013 Databook. The Databook contains a wealth of data and information related to the department’s self-sufficiency programs (e.g., financial assistance, services to the homeless), child and adult protection services, and med-quest division services. The report also provides data from the Hawai‘i Youth Correctional Facility and Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority, which are administratively attached to DHS. Some of the child-related data available in the report include the following:

  • Well over a third (40%) of the recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are under the age of 18.
  • The number of children in foster care has decreased by nearly 60% since 2004, with 2,180 children in foster care in 2013.
  • Seventy percent (70%) of children who exited foster care were reunified with their families, compared to 15% who were adopted in 2013.
  • Over one hundred youth were admitted to the Hawai‘i Youth Correctional Facility in 2011. O‘ahu had the highest proportion of admissions of all counties with 45%, followed by Maui (27%), Hawai‘i Island (19%), and Kaua‘i (9%).

To download the latest Databook, go to the Hawai‘i Department of Human Services website: http://humanservices.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/DHS-Databook_Jan2014_FINAL.pdf.


Behavioral Health Barometer: Hawai‘i is part of a series of State and national reports from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that provides a snapshot of behavioral health in the U.S. The report presents an array of youth and adult substance use and mental health-related data, including rates of serious mental illness, suicidal ideation, substance abuse, underage drinking, and behavioral health treatment clients. National and state-level trend data presented in the Barometer are drawn from various federal surveys. The Barometer provides analyses by gender, age group and race/ethnicity, where possible, to help decision makers at all levels track and address behavioral health disparities. National findings report that fewer teens are smoking, the percentage of youth using illicit drugs did not change, and more teens received treatment for a major depressive episode. Here is a sample of the data presented in the Hawai‘i Barometer:

  • Among 12- to 17-year-olds in Hawai‘i, the mean age of first cigarette use was 12.7 years and the mean age of first marijuana use was 13.6 years.
  • In Hawai‘i, 8.8% of youth ages 12 or older in 2008-2012 were dependent on or abused alcohol. Hawai‘i’s rate of alcohol dependence or abuse among youth ages 12 or older was similar to the national average in 2011-2012.
  • In 2006-2012, 31.2% of all youth ages 12-17 with at least one major depressive episode received treatment for their depression.

More data in the Hawai‘i Barometer can be accessed at: http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA13-4796/SMA13-4796HI.pdf


The Signs is a short film created and written by Long Island teenagers for teenagers about teen dating violence that goes beyond the “bruises and black eyes.”

The short is the product of a grant from The Allstate Foundation to the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Adelphi University, produced by the Ghetto Film School and guided by representatives from local domestic violence agencies.

The video is available at: http://vimeo.com/85676862



Friday, March 14, 2014, 12 pm to 1:30 pm
Video Teleconference (VTC) sites are FREE
TO REGISTER for QCC, all video conferencing sites or webinar GO TO: http://www.regonline.com/training14March2014

Queen’s Conference Center
510 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96813
12 Noon – 1:30 PM

Facilitator: Ann Dugdale Hansen, Chair: Pacific Islander Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai῾i
Ulla Hasager, Ph.D., Civic Engagement Specialist for UHM,
Kat Lobendahn, Coordinator of Pālolo Pipeline
Our largest newer group of youth in Hawai`i are the children of Micronesian & Marshallese migrants that have come to Hawai`i during the last 30 years. Many of them are American Citizens who were born here. Because of a demand by social workers and teachers, this special panel will present this timely and important topic to improve your knowledge and skills on 3/14/14. While Micronesians, Marshallese, Paluan, etc. are now 1% of Hawai`i’s population, there are many schools that have large populations of their student body who are from (or whose patents are from) those island nations. There is even one school in Hawai`i that has over 50% of their students whose parents are from these island countries. Do you know which school this is?