HCAP Weekly July 17, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett Visits Central STEM Exploration Center
Former Kumuhonua Resident Secures Permanent Housing
Youth Services Students Complete Resumes and Participate in Mock Interviews
Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Continues
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year


Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett Visits Central STEM Exploration Center

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This was a very exciting week for students at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Central STEM Exploration Center. On Wednesday, July 19th, students were able to participate in a food science workshop with Michael Bennett, #72 of the Seattle Seahawks professional football team. In partnership with his foundation, The Bennett Foundation, Michael and his personal chef, Steve, created a science lesson on healthy alternatives to soda. Students were asked to answer questions about what proteins, carbohydrates, and fats meant to them, and later had to compare ingredients and nutrition labels on various types of flavored sparkling water and soda. The students also learned how much sugar is in soda – approximately 44 grams, which calculates to 176 calories from sugar alone! They had to put the drinks in order from least healthy to most healthy. Students worked in teams and compared answers afterwards, which added a unique and hands-on perspective about choosing drinks that are not as unhealthy as soda. The students had the opportunity to create their own drinks using plain sparkling water and adding mint, cucumber, lemon, lime, pineapple, and oranges.

After the lesson, Michael took the students to the basketball court to further explain the importance of choosing healthy alternatives to fast food and soda; this time, he taught the students through exercise. While coaching the students through various sprints and runs, Michael took the time to explain to the students that the reason they get tired faster and more dehydrated is because their physiology and endurance is impacted by what they put in their bodies. After the exercise concluded, students promised chef Steve that they would consciously try to cut back on their sugar intake, and be more aware of what kinds of food and beverages they consume. The afternoon spent with Michael and his family, along with Chef Steve, was very informative and educational for the students and their families.

Michael Bennett, his wife, and their three children formed the Bennett Foundation with one goal in mind: eliminating childhood obesity in underserved communities around the nation. The foundation works with organizations such as HCAP’s Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program to provide healthy and balanced meals for youth. Furthermore, the Bennett Foundation works to promote nutritional goals through the acronym O.C.E.A.N. which stands for fighting Obesity through Community, Education, Activity, and Nutrition. The foundation has been providing nutritional meals to three of HCAP’s STEM Exploration Centers.

Thank you to Michael and Pele Bennett, the Bennett Foundation, and Chef Steve for their support of the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program!


Former Kumuhonua Resident Secures Permanent Housing

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When a relationship ended, Karen had no place to go except to live with her daughter. Karen stayed with her daughter for a brief period, but due to overcrowding, she had to leave the home. Karen was priced out of the rental market, and forced into homelessness.

Upon entry to the Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center, Karen began rebuilding her life. At Kumuhonua, Karen still couldn’t afford rent with a part-time job. But she remained hopeful and proactive, submitting multiple housing applications with the help of her Kumuhonua Case Manager.

During her stay at Kumuhonua, Karen made lifelong friends. One of her friends, who had successfully exited the Kumuhonua program, became a property manager for a Waipahu apartment building. When the property manager friend informed Karen of the current openings, Karen quickly completed and submitted her application for consideration. When there was an opening for a two-bedroom, Karen asked her son to rent an apartment with her. Her son agreed, and earlier this month, Karen transitioned out of Kumuhonua and into her new living arrangement.


Youth Services Students Complete Resumes and Participate in Mock Interviews

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This week, HCAP Youth Services (HYS) students developed functional resumes and participated in mock interviews. The mock interviews were conducted by Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program Coordinator James Upega and HYS staff. During the interviews, each interviewer took time to get to know each student by examining their resumes, providing tips on how to highlight skills and interests on a resume, and discussing their goals. They also provided students with advice on how to answer commonly asked interview questions.


Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Continues

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This Wednesday, applicants for the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) lined up at the Central District Service Center to receive voucher booklets worth $50. The goal of SFMNP is to provide locally-grown fruits and vegetables to low-income seniors. Individuals have to be 60 years of age or older and have a household annual income of less than $25,290 for a single person or $34,096 for a couple to be eligible to apply. Each SFMNP participant receives a book of coupons (ten $5.00 coupons) to exchange for fresh produce from an authorized farmer or farmers’ market. Although Central District Service Center only served as a partner site for one day, the voucher booklets will continue to be distributed at other partner locations around the island, from now until September 30th. The schedule for the SFMNP voucher booklet distribution can be viewed here. Please bring your completed application to the partner location of your choice. Prospective applicants also have the option of mailing completed applications to: Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Office of Community Services, 830 Punchbowl Street, Room 420, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.


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

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Are you or someone you know in need of comprehensive early childhood education? 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.