‘Youth Resources’ Articles
PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company is holding the world premiere of the play Dragon Fly: The Journey of a Young Local Girl in Foster Care. The play was written by Terri Madden in collaboration with Hawaii’s Foster Care Community, with music by Apu Turano and Layla Kilolu (rap lyrics by Michelle Martin). Directed by William Haʻo, Dragonfly is about a young girl named Tara who is removed from her biological mother at the age of 4, and spends much of her childhood running from place to place, searching for family, only to find that, in the end, only she holds the key to forgiveness which ultimately allows her to form a stable family of her own. Follow link for details.
Family Programs Hawaii’s new program, Skills for Success, will be starting this February! This interactive, six consecutive week training program is for Youth ages 14-18 who are currently in foster care AND their resource caregivers. Upon completion, interested youth can be connected to career shadowing as well as receive a gift card. Resource caregivers will receive six training hours! Follow link for flyer with times and dates plus more information.
ATTENTION! AUDITION CALL!
Wanted! Former foster youth ages 18 to 26 to participate in PlayBuilders newest community collaborative theatre project, “Fostering Ohana.” Follow link for more information.
Attending their court hearings benefit both the foster youth and the court. Youth develop a sense of control over the process when they actively participate. They also have the opportunity to understand the process by seeing the court proceeding firsthand. The court learns more about the children than simply what is presented in reports. Follow link for more benefits and how to support a foster youth attending his or her hearings.
Follow link for tips from the Hawaii Foster Youth Coalition that can help foster children and youth handle the sadness they may experience during the holidays.
Teen Days are celebrations for youth that provide current and former foster youth an opportunity to hear inspiring, motivational stories that come from young adults who were once at-risk youth, meet other foster youth and learn about community resources that can help them as they begin planning a bright future. Many Teen Days also include a mock hearing to prepare youth for attending their court hearings and allows them to meet and talk with Family Court judges. Follow link for more information, dates, locations and times of the upcoming Teen Days.
The Judiciary’s Hawai‘i Court Improvement Program held the 9th annual ‘Ohana is Forever:Beyond a Label conference on July 24, 2015 at the beautiful Ko‘olau Golf Course, Kaneohe, Hawai‘i with over 350 of Hawaii’s current and former foster parents as well as their supporters attending. Follow link for to download handouts and videos.
We recently updated our “Resource Brochure for Current & Former Foster Youth”. Follow link for great resources available to support foster youth.
Chaminade University is offering a full-tuition scholarship to a young person who has aged out of foster care or who was placed in legal guardianship or adoption through Child Welfare Services. This award is a full-tuition scholarship that is $ 19,960 for the academic year 2014-2015 and is renewable for three additional years as long as the student remains in good standing. Follow link for details.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed Senate Bill 1340 into law July 1, 2013 at the State Capitol before an audience that included politicians, policy makers and youth advocates, the young and old alike. SB 1340, now Act 252, extends voluntary foster care to age 21 in Hawai`i. Follow link for more info.