HCAP Weekly February 13, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

HCAP Head Start Gets Recruitment Publicity
Stay-at-Home Mom Returns to Work with Help of Na Lima Hana Program
Kalihi Kupuna Independent Life Series Enters Week Four
Palolo STEM Students Grow Mung Beans
Youth Services Students Receive Career Mentorship from Starbucks Managers


HCAP Head Start Gets Recruitment Publicity

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This week, Palolo 3 Head Start Teacher Sara Neves was invited by long-time friend and DJ Adam Carr of 107.9 Kool Gold KKOL radio station to promote the HCAP Head Start program. In an effort to recruit for Head Start, both Sara and Adam invited Kool Gold listeners to spread the word about HCAP Head Start is currently accepting applications for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. Thank you 107.9 Kool Gold, Adam Carr, and Sara Neves!

Families that are in need of free or affordable preschool for children 3-5 years of age should apply by calling (808) 847-2400 or visiting our website.


Stay-at-Home Mom Returns to Work with Help of Na Lima Hana Program

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Tasha was a stay-at-home mom for many years. But once her youngest child headed off to full-day kindergarten, Tasha knew she wanted to get back to work. With the assistance and support of Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program, she received and completed Job Readiness Training, updated her resume, and was able to land a job at Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center as a Patient Account Representative. Tasha is excited to be working for her community, and is thankful to HCAP for their training and guidance.


Kalihi Kupuna Independent Life Series Enters Week Four

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Kalihi-Palama District Service Center completed Week Four of the Kupuna Independent Life Series at Senior Residence at Maluhia. The day started with a healthy breakfast of turkey bacon, eggs, toast, and pineapple. HCAP Board Member Pauni Nagaseu-Escue from Palama Settlement, a community-based social services agency in the neighborhood, came to speak to kupuna about the programs available for seniors, including help with medical supplies and exercise classes. After the presentation by Pauni, Lori from the Hawaii Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) taught kupuna about safe food storage and handling, including a reminder to wash your hands for at least 30 seconds and keep food out of the “danger zone” temperature. After the SNAP-Ed workshop, kupuna had lunch, followed by arts and crafts. For this week’s craft-making activity, HCAP staff taught kupuna how to make mini chalkboards out of paper.


Palolo STEM Students Grow Mung Beans

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This week at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Palolo STEM Exploration Center, the students learned about how salt affects the growth of plants. They used mung beans in their lab experiment.

Together as a class, the students planted 4 cups with the same number of mung beans (25) and the same amount of water (1 tbsp) but with different amounts of salt. As a control group, they set aside a cup with no salt treatment; this cup was planted with the same number of mung beans (25) and the same amount of water (1 tbsp) but contained only fresh water. Each passing day, the students collected and recorded data, and made predictions based upon their daily observations. On Day 3, the class observed growth of mung bean sprouts in the control cup with the fresh water. On Day 4, the class saw a little sprout that was growing in the cup with the least amount of salt (1/4 tsp).

By the end of the lab experiment, the freshwater mung beans had sprouts growing up to 7 ½ inches. Meanwhile, the mung beans in the other cups started to grow mold.


Youth Services Students Receive Career Mentorship from Starbucks Managers

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This week, Starbucks Hawaii managers from several locations on Oahu visited the Youth Services C-Base class to offer their mentorship. The managers took some time out to get to know each individual Youth Services C-Base student, identifying students’ personal and professional interests, and assisting the students produce resumes that highlight soft skills sought by employers. The managers also gave the Youth Services C-Base students some tips to help them prepare for the mock interview in class next week.