‘Youth Resources’ Articles
Follow this link to download guides with help for both current and former foster youth and their supporting adults. The guides help take inventory of Youths’ current assets, identify resources and plan for a bright future. Each domain lists assets and skills Youth need to develop and hone prior to entering adulthood.
If you have a teen close to aging out who would like to attend college, follow this link to view the fact sheet Postsecondary Education Resources for Youth In and Transitioning Out of the Child Welfare System.
According to the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education’s October 2011 report, “Success in school can be a positive counterweight to the abuse, neglect, separation and impermanence experienced by children and youth in foster care. Education has the potential to markedly improve their life chances and their ability to contribute to society as [...]
There are currently two openings on the HI H.O.P.E.S. Youth Leadership Board. APPLICATION DEADLINE is January 6, 2012. This Board is made up of current and former foster youth who provide the “youth voice” for the Hawai`i Youth Opportunities Initiative (HYOI). HYOI provides foster youth with financial literacy training. After a youth has completed the training, s/he receives help in opening savings accounts as well as matching funds. The HI H.O.P.E.S. Youth Leadership Board helps the HYOI to identify the needs of and advocate on behalf of transition-aged foster youth. Follow link to learn more and to download application.
Mentors make a difference. Guidance from a caring, consistent, non-parental adult can enhance the safety net for youth. With a grant from the Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation, Family Programs Hawaii has launched Mentoring Connections. Follow link to learn more.
Follow this link to be able to link to Mental Health America-Hawaii’s WONDERFUL new statewide Manuel that contains contact information (phone numbers and websites) for agencies and programs that offer assistance with substance abuse, anger management, grief support, mental health problems, domestic violence, homelessness, sex abuse, employment, developmental disabilities; and help for seniors, children and adolescents, veterans, immigrants.
Kapiolani Mentoring program, lead by Dr. Steven Choy, offers Hawai`i foster youth on Oahu support, stability, and enriched social experiences to help them overcome their past traumas, take control of their lives, and prevent the cycle of abuse and neglect. This program pairs off foster youth mentors with mentees and has openings for mentees!
The H.E.A.R.T program serves sexually abused children from the age range of 9 to 18. The intent of H.E.A.R.T is to increase self-esteem, self-confidence, and independence in the children in a group setting by addressing the social and emotional needs of sex abuse victims with a hand- on, experiential approach to intervention.
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The Children’s Alliance of Hawai`i offers the following resources for children and adolescent foster youth that focus on skill-building and enhancing self-esteem. Their Enhancements program is offered on both Oahu and Kauai, while the rest of their programs are offered on Oahu only.