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:
FROM JUDITH'S DESK
I love to send cards to people. Yes, I am talking about folded pieces of paper that you put in an envelope and send via postal mail. I guess I'm old fashioned, but a birthday greeting on Facebook or an electronic Christmas card in my e-mail just doesn't have the same feel to me.
My friend Barbara had a rare form of cancer and received regular blood transfusions. For nearly 2 years, every time I donated a pint of blood, I sent a postcard saying that this pint of blood was donated in her honor. I sent 8 of those cards, and received a hand-written thank you for each except the last. Several of those thank you notes are hanging on my memory board in my bedroom - beautiful cards purchased on Barbara's travels to exotic places like Peru.
When friends in Saipan lost a beloved grandfather recently, I sent a bereavement card. It took me less than 5 minutes,and my friend was very touched. "I can't remember the last time that someone did that for me," she e-mailed. I could not be there in person to help them in their grief, but they knew I cared.
The important thing about the cards I send is that they keep me connected with the people that I care about. They demonstrate that I'm thinking about them and taking the time to show it.
Everyone has their own way to show that they care. For some, it's a conversation via skype or text message. For others, it may be a loaf of homemade banana bread or a handwritten thank you note.
It's not the piece of paper or the form of the communication that matters. It's about sharing, connecting, and supporting. Please take 5 minutes today to connect with someone you care about. It will be good for both of you.
HELP YOUR KEIKI WEBPAGE
The Help Your Keiki webpage (http://www.helpyourkeiki.com) is a website created by the State of Hawaii's Evidence-Based Services (EBS) Committee, in collaboration with the DOH, DOE, parent partners, and faculty from the University of Hawaii. This website is dedicated to parents or caregivers who don't know where to start when their child is experiencing emotional or behavioral difficulties. Unfortunately, there are very few "parent-friendly" resources that are data-driven, so the purpose of our website will be to promote the most effective evidence-based practices for youth with mental health needs, and help parents decipher which treatments are effective and credible.
STATEWIDE HOMELESS AWARENESS CONFERENCE PUPUKAHI I HOLOMUA - UNITE TO MOVE FORWARD
Friday, November 18, 2016
8:30AM - 4:30PM
Kroc Center Hawaii
91-3257 Kualaka'i Prkwy., Ewa Beach, HI 96706
Keynote Speaker: Sharon Simms
Registration Fee includes lunch* - $50 per person MAIL PAYMENT TO:
PARTNERS IN CARE
c/o Aloha United Way
200 N. Vineyard Blvd., Ste 700
Check, Money Order or Cashier's Check Only Honolulu, HI 96817
Payable to the order of: PARTNERS IN CARE
LEADERSHIP:MOVING FORWARD WITH INTEGRATION AND PARTNERSHIPS
October 21, 2016, Friday
Queens Conference Center at 510 South Beretania Street Honolulu, HI 96813—both face-to-face and by webinar or VTC
Free of charge
Registration is required to obtain CEs and to get a e-copy of the power point before the training.
Camille Cristobal at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 627-5246.
VTC/VCC sites access on the neighbor islands—site selection when you register.
Online access available via ReadyTalk webinar system
CEs have been obtained for licensed social work (LSW), Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC), & Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Licensed Dietetic Nutritionist.
Everyone who registers in advance will get an email copy of the power point and then a certificate of completion once the evaluation feedback is done.
Bring your own lunch if you like.
Registration Link for face-to-face: http://training21Oct2016.eventbrite.com
Registration for webinar only: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/laam5l3o9rks&eom
PUBLIC ACCESS ROOM WORKSHOPS AND DROP INS
Tips and techniques on effective lobbying, testimony, and communicating with Senators and Representatives
Understanding the legislative process, deadlines, and power dynamics at the Capitol
Learn more about easy to use tools available on the Legislature's website
Helpful handouts, guides, and resources
Contact PAR to register for workshop, or just drop in
Newcomers and seasoned advocates welcome!
For additional information regarding dates and locations on each island, contact the Public Access Room (PAR)
Toll-free phone: 274-3141, ext. 7-0478 (direct dial: 808/587-0478)
QUARTERLY MEMBERSHIP AND NETWORKING MEETING - EDUCATING ELECTED OFFICIALS ABOUT YOUR PROGRAM
Featuring Carole Miller, Chief Learning Officer
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands
Many youth workers are so busy working to ensure highly effective programs that they forget to educate their elected officials about how the programs are going and the resulting community impact. Participants in this interactive session will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to reach out to their elected officials to educate them about the important work they do in their communities. Learn strategies for establishing and maintaining relationships with both local and national elected officials, ways to present appealing program information and how to contact and set up appointments with these important partners.
Thursday, October 27, 2016; 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Honolulu Airport Hotel, 3401 N. Nimitz Hwy., Honolulu HI 96819
Cost (includes lunch):
HYSN member agencies - $25
Other organizations and individuals - $35
To register: Click on this link: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=nvsjg
Online credit card payments accepted; If you cannot pay via credit card, contact us.
If you have difficulty with registration, please call 808-489-9549 or
Through October 12 - Jennifer Fonseca at email@example.com
October 13 or later - Judith Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org (Jenn going on sick leave)
Registration deadline: October 20, 2016
Airline subsidies for Neighbor Island HYSN member agencies:
1 round trip ticket for HYSN member agencies with dues paid for the current year. Contact Jennifer Fonseca (808-489-9549 or email@example.com) with your travel request.
BULLYING PREVENTION PAGE ADDED TO HYSN WEB SITE
Hawaii Youth Services Network has added a new bullying prevention page to its web site. You can access our new bullying prevention video, Take a Stand Lend a Hand, as well as the 30-second PSA, and Discussion/Resource Guide.
Link to the bullying prevention web page: https://hysn.org/bullying.php
Copies of the video and PSA are also available on DVD at no charge. Contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 489-9549 ext. 2 to request a DVD or for information about HYSN's bullying prevention program.