HCAP Weekly August 11, 2014

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In this week’s issue:

Meet Our New HR Generalist- Career Advancement Through HCAP
Na Lima Hana- Employment Core Services Program and Windward District Service Center Help Client Gain Employment
HCAP Welcomes New AmeriCorps VISTA Members
Building Rockets at the Leeward STEM Exploration Center
Youth Services Students Explore Future Possibilities
Welcome to our newest staff members!


Meet Our New HR Generalist- Career Advancement Through HCAP

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Racquel began her journey with HCAP as a Head Start parent in 2012. She participated as a Classroom Representative of the Head Start Policy Council, where she was later elected as the Vice Chairperson. With the Policy Council, Racquel was able to work with other parents and staff to develop activities that were aimed to encourage and empower parents to be more engaged in their children’s lives and education, including a trip to the Hawaii State Capitol to meet with Legislators to address the importance of Pre-School education. By the conclusion of the school year, HCAP presented Racquel with a job opportunity with the Hawaii Health Connector Hi’i Ola Program, in which she served as one of the lead Kokua on the project. She was able to gain additional skills and work with HCAP and other Social Agencies around the State in regards to the Affordable Care Act. Racquel impressed everyone at HCAP with her skills, work ethic, and determination in the lead Kokua position. Therefore, when HCAP’s HR Generalist position became available, Racquel applied and was selected for the job. The HR Generalist manages personnel records, assists in staff development, and conducts new-employment training. Racquel shared with us, “The tremendous support received from HCAP and Head Start gave me encouragement, reassurance in myself, and helped develop me into a better person and parent. So it was with much pleasure that I joined HCAP as the new HR Generalist and I look forward to participating and building more of HCAP’s successes in our community.”


Na Lima Hana- Employment Core Services Program and Windward District Service Center Help Client Gain Employment

Coleene has been a client at the Windward District Service Center off and on since April 2013. Coleene is a bright, friendly woman that joined the Na Lima Hana- Employment Core Services program when she moved back to the windward coast after living in town for almost a year. She had been looking for employment, but was unsuccessful because of some blemishes on her work history. HCAP staff refreshed her knowledge on pre-employment skills, with an emphasis on her interviewing skills and updating her resume. Since completing training, Coleene gained confidence and has since secured a job at Times Supermarket. Her next barrier occurred when she discovered she needed assistance with work clothes and shoes. Through the Na Lima Hana Program, staff was able to assist her with these needs and she is looking forward to receiving her first paycheck this week.


HCAP Welcomes New AmeriCorps VISTA Members

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HCAP would like to welcome two new AmeriCorps VISTA Members, Brittany and Marissa. Over the next year, Brittany and Marissa will be assisting HCAP with Capacity Building in the Hā Initiative Creative STEM After-School Program and in Program Development and Communications.

Brittany Wilson is a graduate of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where she got her master’s degree in documenting and maintaining endangered languages and cultures. As a graduate student, she directed the Language Documentation Training Center, which provides educational workshops to foreign students to help them become advocates for preserving their languages at home. She is excited to work with the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School program and looks forward to helping the youth of Hawai‘i discover their passion for science and engineering.

Our Development and Communications VISTA, Marissa Villegas hails all the way from the seacoast of New Hampshire. She recently graduated in the spring of 2014 from the University of Vermont with a Bachelors of Arts degree in English, minoring in Consumer and Advertising. Throughout her time at her university, Marissa was able to gain valuable field experience in team management, public relations, and editorial writing. She plans to utilize those skills to the best of her ability to help HCAP expand its presence and reach in the community. Marissa is excited to be apart of the HCAP ohana and to immerse herself in the island culture.


Building Rockets at the Leeward STEM Exploration Center

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Shown above, Hā Initiative students Dillon & Iwalani, from the Leeward STEM Exploration Center work on air pressure rockets with launcher in the background. Using an air pressure launcher is a safe & inexpensive way to test theories of aerodynamics and helps students learn what does and doesn’t work well when building rockets. Students have also been testing new rocket designs and learning what makes a good rocket.


Youth Services Students Explore Future Possibilities

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This month at the Youth Services Program, C-Base students are in the Occupational Knowledge unit. In this unit, they explore various avenues for their future, such as post-secondary education, vocational training, and employment possibilities. Officers from the Honolulu Police Department were gracious enough to come and speak to the students about a career in law enforcement, as well as the minimum requirements needed to join.


Welcome to our newest staff members!

Racquel Dizon-Ikei – HR Generalist

Brittany Wilson – AmeriCorps VISTA

Marissa Villegas – AmeriCorps VISTA

Welcome to new staff