HCAP Weekly April 10, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

Parent Engagement Day at Nanakuli Head Start Brings Families Together
Former Kumuhonua Resident Makes Successful Transition to Section 8 Housing
HCAP is Hiring LIHEAP Intake Aides
Leeward STEM Students Design and Program Their Own Robots
Na Lima Hana Participant Finds Employment as STEM Teacher
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year


Parent Engagement Day at Nanakuli Head Start Brings Families Together

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Nanakuli Head Start had a great turnout for their latest Parent Engagement Day. There were several activity centers stationed around the classroom for children and parents to go around and explore. Families had their pick of activities, which included: pounding mochi (mochi-tsuki, as the tradition is called in Japan), tie-dying pillow cases, creating book markers, making bubble print art, taste testing nutritional snacks, and completing hearing screening checks. These activities encouraged parents and children to exercise their creativity, engage in physical movement, and develop basic health and nutritional practices. At the end of the day, parents listened to a health presentation and participated in a raffle contest.


Former Kumuhonua Resident Makes Successful Transition to Section 8 Housing

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Tammy entered Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center, hoping to transition to a better life. Soon after enrolling, Tammy was determined to build and maintain good financial habits, and with the help of Kumuhonua staff, opened a savings account. Beyond meeting the minimum requirements of the program, Tammy completed all her community service hours and kept her case manager informed regarding her long-term housing goals. She applied for several housing programs, including the federally-subsidized Housing Choice Voucher program, Section 8. When Section 8 opened up last December, Tammy was selected to receive a voucher. After a long, persistent search, Tammy was able to find Section 8 eligible housing. In March 2017, Tammy made the transition from Kumuhonua to permanent housing in Waipahu. Tammy’s positive presence and attitude had a lasting impact in the lives of many residents and staff; she served as a great role model to the other residents. Everyone at Kumuhonua wishes Tammy all the best.


HCAP is Hiring LIHEAP Intake Aides

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HCAP is currently accepting applications for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Intake Aides. LIHEAP Intake Aides are responsible for screening and interviewing applicants for appropriate admission to the program. This is a temporary position from May to July 2017. Multiple openings are available for this position.

To download the job description click here.

To apply for a LIHEAP Aide position click here.


Leeward STEM Students Design and Program Their Own Robots

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Last week, students at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Leeward STEM Exploration Center explored the world of robotics. They took apart old robots and built new ones with different designs. One robot resembled a tank, and another looks like a Batmobile. Each student was given Legos, wheels, and an EV3 Lego Mindstorms robotics programmer app. The EV3 programmer app allowed students to program their robots from a tablet. No instructional manuals were handed out, so students were given a lot of room to exercise their imagination. It was a challenging but ultimately rewarding activity for the class.


Na Lima Hana Participant Finds Employment as STEM Teacher

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Alaka’i had attended school in South Carolina, but recently moved back home to Hawaii to be closer to family. With the assistance of Windward District Service Center and Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services, she applied, interviewed, and obtained employment as the new teacher at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Waiāhole STEM Exploration Center. With prior work experience at Ka`a`awa Elementary and an After-School Plus (A+) program, Alaka’i plans to pursue a career in education; she is working towards a degree in education at Windward Community College.


HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year

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Are you or someone you know in need of free or affordable preschool? Spread the word! HCAP Head Start is now accepting applications for children 3-5 years for the 2017-2018 school year. Families are encouraged to apply by calling (808) 847-2400 or visiting our website.