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

September Newsletter


Have you considered what you would do if a disaster destroyed your office? Hawaii Youth Services Network got a wakeup call when Tropical Storm Darby hit Hawaii. A number of tenants in our building had water damage from the storm, including one whose entire ceiling collapsed. HYSN will need to replace flooring in 4 rooms in our office but, fortunately, had no damage to our electronics or furnishings.

Every non-profit needs a disaster recovery plan. With a goal of getting the nonprofit organization back up and running during and after an emergency, the recovery plan should address all situations, from a simple power outage to flooding, from networks crashing to bomb scares, from employee threats to terrorist attacks.

There are many resources on the Internet to help you prepare a disaster preparedness and recovery plan for your organization. Here is a disaster recovery checklist to give you some ideas on what your plan could include:

  • Disaster planning team is established
  • Risk for types of disaster is evaluated
  • P&C Insurance is purchased and reviewed regularly
  • Evacuation plan is in place
  • Practice drills conducted periodically
  • Central meeting place is established
  • First Aid Kit, flashlights and batteries, and fire extinguisher are on premises
  • Official emergency numbers (Fire, Police) are posted
  • All employee phone numbers and emergency contacts are current
  • Phone Tree is established and trial runs are conducted
  • Electronic files and data are backed up, stored offsite, and checked often
  • Copies of vital records and records are stored offsite or electronically
  • Alternate work site is established with adequate communications, equipment, supplies, and furniture to accommodate employees
  • Remote access for employees is established
  • There is sensitivity to potential panic and fear among employees after the disaster has ended; psychological support will be made available as needed
  • Disaster recovery plan is documented and distributed; updated annually



The Hawaii State Department of Health, Department of Education, and University of Hawaii recently released high school data from the 2015 Hawaii Youth Risk Behavior Survey and Cross-Year Comparisons (YRBS) for the state and all four counties. The YRBS is administered bi-annually to public, non-charter school students statewide, and monitors six types of health-risk behaviors: (1) tobacco use, (2) alcohol and other drug use, (3) sexual behaviors, (4) behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence, (5) unhealthy dietary behaviors, and (6) physical inactivity.

Findings from the 2015 survey suggest that Hawaii's teens are making better choices as the prevalence of some health-risk behaviors has decreased in recent years or since the behavior was first monitored. For example:

  • Less than 10% of high school students reported smoking cigarettes within the past month, compared to 28% in the early 1990s.
  • A quarter of teens reported recent alcohol consumption, compared to 38% in 1993.
  • About 15% of high school students had been in a physical fight in the past year, a steady decrease from 37% in the 1990s.
  • About 13% of teens reported soda consumption, down from nearly 23% in 2007.
  • The report also points to areas that require attention. One area of concern is adolescent mental health. Nearly 30% of high school students reported feeling sad or hopeless almost daily at some point within the past year, to the extent that it interfered with their usual activities. And while cigarette smoking has decreased, 25% of high school students reported using electronic vapor products in the past month.

The 2015 Hawaii Youth Risk Behavior Survey and Cross-Year Comparisons (YRBS)

For information from the 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (NYRBS), such as methods, data, and documentation, visit:


"The Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau" was held on February 25, 2016. On that day, thousands of people around the globe, looked on with wonder!

What is it about Eddie Aikau's mana (strength, spirit, knowledge, power) that continues to attract worldwide attention? Show examples to support your thought. How has the mana of Eddie Aikau made a difference in your life? Show examples to support your thought.

**Ua holo no ka ho'okuku he'enalu a Eddie 'Aikau**

Ua malama 'ia ka ho'okuku he'enalu a Eddie 'Aikau i ka la 25 o Pepeluali i ka makahiki 2016. I ia la, no na kanaka he nui apuni ka honua, nana wale mai me ke kamaha'o.

He aha ka mea nui no ka mana o Eddie 'Aikau e mau ai ka nana 'ana o na kanaka apuni ka honua? E ho'ike mai i na la'ana e kako'o ai i kou mana'o.

Pehea i ho'ololi ai ka mana o Eddie 'Aikau ia 'oe i kou ola? E ho'ike mai i na la'ana e kako'o ai i kou mana'o.

ALL 7th through 10th grade students in the State of Hawaii are eligible to enter. The Eddie Aikau Foundation will be accepting essays in the ENGLISH or the HAWAIIAN language.

Postmark Deadline to submit the Essay & the Signed Student Application is SATURDAY OCTOBER 1, 2016.


Show the Keiki of Hawai'i that YOU CARE by donating a new or gently used teddy bear or stuffed animal!

Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Windward Mall Center Court

Visit our Family Resource Fair for TONS of FREE activities for the kids, great parenting information and photo opportunities with some of your children's favorite animated characters!



The online registration is now open for our three-part workshop series in Oahu and West Hawaii, where you will learn how to build bridges and make positive connections between your homes, schools, and communities, to help prepare our young people for successful and meaningful adulthoods! Our audience consists of parents, educators, administrators, and community members.

As a reminder, the series dates are below.

Oahu, Hale Pono'i in Kapolei>
Session #1: Sept. 17, 2016, 8:00am - 3:30pm (Workshop #1)
Session #2: Nov. 12, 2016, 8:00am - 3:30pm (Workshop #2)
Session #3: Feb. 4, 2017, 9:00am - 1:30pm (Share Out & Celebration)

West Hawaii/Kona, Kealakehe High School in Kailua-Kona
Session #1: Oct. 22, 2016, 8:00am - 3:30pm (Workshop #1)
Session #2: Nov. 19, 2016, 8:00am - 3:30pm (Workshop #2)
Session #3: Feb 11, 2017, 9:00am - 1:30pm (Share Out & Celebration)

A few important details (please read through them all, mahalo!):

  • Each session builds upon the previous, therefore your commitment to attending all three session events is encouraged for maximum benefit. Believe us, it works great this way!
  • There is no need to email or call us if you cannot attend all three events. We just ask that you try your very best to commit to attending all three dates.
  • We kindly suggest you put all three dates in your calendar now, should you decide to come!
  • You are still allowed to attend if you miss an event, however you may feel as though you have missed some of our content. (Attendance at all 3 events is mandatory for those in a DOE PD course).
  • It is necessary to attend at least one full workshop in order to attend the third session, the Share Out & Celebration.
  • You only need to register online once, and that gets entered as your 3-event registration.
  • Please be careful when you choose your location, as Oahu and West Hawaii/Kona have different Registration forms!
  • Each individual person must have their own registration. Please do not register as a group, mahalo!
  • Please see our FAQ page for more information and answers to your questions (it's on the Registration Page).
  • Thanks to a generous grant from the Pillars of Peace Fund of The Hawaii Community Foundation, we are able to offer these sessions free of charge. Please help us use our grant funds wisely and avoid canceling your attendance or no-showing. Mahalo nui loa!
  • We look forward to seeing you soon!


Ceeds of Peace is a 360Âș approach to raising peacebuilding leaders. We support and build bridges between families, community leaders and educators to share resources and develop action plans to strengthen our communities and improve our children's lives.


Friday, September 9, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Queen's Conference Center

National Recovery Month is a good time to explore and review ways to successful work with families that have difficulties and hardships that can improve with good interventions and communication.

Guest Speaker: Angela Smith, LMHC, CRC, CSAC
About the speaker: Angela M. Smith, LMHC, CRC, CSAC, is the Founder of Oahu Counseling Services, located in Honolulu, where she provides Assessments, Evaluations and Counseling Services to Individuals, Couples and Families.
She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). Her specialization is Behavioral Health services provided to Substance Abuse, Criminal Justice, and Domestic Violence consumers. She has provided services Nationwide and in Europe to active-duty Military service members and their families.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify skills necessary to build better relationships with families
  2. Assess client's strengths using various behavioral theories, approaches and techniques
  3. Identify strategies to address conflict in relationships

Linking Professional Competencies:

  1. Essential Services—Demonstrate, communicate, document how basic core skills are incorporated into carrying out public health core functions and ten essential services (public health sciences domain).
  2. Developing Relationships-Establish relationships and collaborate with partners to contribute to scientific and evidence-based interventions for public health practices (public health sciences domain).

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