May 24th, 2016

Welcome to the homepage for Hawaii Youth Services Network (HYSN), a statewide coalition of youth-serving organizations and a Pacific Islands Training and Technical Assistance Center.

HYSN provides organizational capacity building via training and technical assistance to youth serving agencies in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. We help youth organizations build partnerships and collaborations that bring millions of dollars in federal funding to Hawaii. HYSN does needs assessment, planning and public policy development to ensure that youth and their families have the resources to help them grow and thrive.

HYSN is currently working in the following areas:

  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Services
  • Teen Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention
  • Bullying and Violence Prevention
  • Improving the Foster Care and Juvenile Justice Systems

To learn more about HYSN, please contact us at:

Phone: 489-9549

August Newsletter


I just returned from the National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Conference where I presented a poster session titled, Involving Youth in Teen Pregnancy Prevention via Culturally Relevant Video Production. I also facilitated a roundtable session on fidelity and adaptation. It made me realize how much in the forefront Hawaii Youth Services Network and Hawaii’s youth-serving agencies are when it comes to making our programs and materials culturally relevant.

For us, thinking about cultural relevance for our youth is a natural and expected thing. We think it’s natural to eat sushi and pizza in the same meal. We don’t expect everyone to look like us, talk like us, or think like us.

Last year, we hosted a training of trainers on a positive youth development curriculum. The trainers showed a video made in Boston in which the producers had clearly tried to address the cultural diversity of their target audience. It included an Asian, a Hispanic, a Muslim, and an LGBT youth. And over half of the youth interviewed were black and a third were Caucasian.

In the discussion that followed, our participants immediately began discussing whether this video would work in Hawaii. It was a real “Aha” moment for the trainers. In all the trainings they had done on this curriculum across the United States, no group had ever raised this issue.

Another reason why I love living and working here. Have a great summer everyone.



Do you know a high school or college student interested in a healthier Hawai‘i? Interested in becoming a leader in tobacco prevention? Looking for volunteer hours, an internship, or ideas for school projects? CTFH is looking for Hawai‘i youth to raise awareness, protect other youth from tobacco, and urge legislators to take action. Interested high school or college students can apply at: or email Courtney Voss at for more information.

CTFH Youth Council current events:

FREE Youth Retreat at Secret Island Beach

Saturday, August 13
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Secret Island Beach at Kualoa Ranch

Join our Youth Council for a fun-filled day at Secret Island Beach at Kualoa Ranch on Saturday, August 13th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There will be food and fun activities facilitated by the staff from Kualoa Ranch and CTFH.

You can register for the retreat at the following link:

FREE Youth Planning Workshop

Saturday, September 10 Time TBA University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Interested to become a leader in tobacco prevention? Save the date for our Youth Planning Workshop on Saturday, September 10th at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. There will be food and tobacco advocacy activities facilitated by CTFH staff.

Learn more about this workshop at the following link:


The Mental Health Association Hawai’I announced the launch of the Hawaii Bullying Prevention Toolkit to serve as a resource for parents, guardians, teachers, and students. The information you will find here can guide you towards effective intervention and how to develop policies and practices to respond quickly and successfully for the safety of our youth. Check out the online toolkit here:

Mahalo to the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii as Trustee of the Public Health Fund and the Hawaii State Department of Health, Emergency Medical Services, Injury Prevention Systems Branch for their support.


The Legal Aid Society of Hawai`i has released a series of legal self-help videos, including topics on: Landlord-Tenant Basics, Eviction, Divorce, Adoption, Court Resources, and many more. A number of the videos are available in Marshallese, Chuukese, and Ilocano.

Please CLICK HERE to see videos currently available, and check back frequently for updates!



Tamarind Room, Kapiolani Community College
August 10, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

A professional development day titled “Road Map to Family Engagement” . This day is an interactive training designed for agency staff and service providers to build their skills to help families become active partners in their child’s service planning and treatment.

Trainer: Wendy Besmann, a former system of care training coordinator, is the Director of Team Up for Families and author of the text for the workshop.

For more information contact: Susan Emley, Project Laulima at 808-733-4193 or


Friday, August 12
12 pm to 1:30 pm
Queen’s Conference Center
Bring your lunch

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review what is meant by professional ethics and responsibility for healthcare professionals
  2. Discuss examples of applied moral codes to guide good professional ethics
  3. Integrate your personal values with professional ethics

Linking Professional Competencies:

  1. Ethics—Employ ethical principles in the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of data, findings, and information (analysis and assessment domain)
  2. Core Skills—Apply the basic skills of public health sciences and ethics to better administer public health policies and program (public health sciences domain)

Guest Speaker: Linda Axtell – Thompson, MBA, DBe
is an experienced leader in strategy analysis, formulation, and management to support planning and decision-making. She is skilled in identification and analysis of key issues; creative exploration of challenges and opportunities; and inclusive collaboration among stakeholders. Linda has more than 25+ years of experience with Hawaii's health care organizations, with particular interest in strategy, ethics, and issues of aging

Registration link:

Webinar ONLY registration link:


Tuesday, September 6,
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hawai’I Convention Center, 1st floor

Take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where Hawai’I students will engage with international conservation experts and learn how to use the Design Thinking process to develop their own creative solutions to urgent conservation issues.

Register your students

Deadline: August 19 at 11:59 pm HST

Contact KUPU Hawai’I at 808-735-1221 for additional information.


Kids Hurt Too Hawaii will hold a four day/two weekends training for volunteers to work as Children's Grief and Trauma Facilitators and Mentors. Training dates and times are:

Saturday, August 13 and 20 from 10 am to 5 pm;
Sunday, August 14 and 21 from 1 to 6 pm.

Cost: $125 for volunteers.

For more information or to register call 808-545-5683 or email or visit


Big Sisters has embarked on their first Summer Food Service Program in the community of Hale Makana O Waiale on Maui. The Maui Food Bank chose Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui to host the program and it has been quite successful thus far.

The program itself ensures a hot, delicious, and nutritious meal prepared by Pizza in Paradise to youth between the ages of 5-18 years old at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Facility. Meals are being served every Monday through Wednesday with up to 25 meals being given to children, daily.

For the Hale Makana O Waiale Community the Summer Food Service is the first of its kind for residents.