HCAP Weekly June 19, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

Palolo STEM Students Become Forensics Scientists for a Week
SCSEP Participant Finds Fulfillment in Parks & Recreation Placement
Na Lima Hana Participant on Work Furlough Transitions into the Community
Central District Service Center C-Base Students Learn about Community Resources
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year


Palolo STEM Students Become Forensics Scientists for a Week

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This week, the students at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Palolo STEM Exploration Center explored how forensics science is used in criminal investigations. Forensics is the application of science to solve real-life everyday crimes. The students learned the fundamentals of forensics by completing a series of lab activities. The “crime story” the students had to solve involved a missing girl named Annie. At the scene of the “crime” where Annie was reported missing was a number of items collected as evidence – items such as eye glasses, notepad, scarf, and headphones. The students were tasked with dusting for fingerprints on the aforementioned items. They also collected substances at the scene (these substances included baking soda, flour, sugar, and cornstarch), and learned how to sample and test the substances through a microscope. It was a very exciting week and the class enjoyed the hands-on activities.


SCSEP Participant Finds Fulfillment in Parks & Recreation Placement

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Ronald had been taking care of his brother for years, until his brother passed away as a result of his medical issues. Now, with his brother gone, Ronald wanted to stay busy but wasn’t sure what his next step would be.

Upon hearing about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) from his sister, Ronald followed-up on the referral and registered for the program at HCAP. After passing the initial eligibility stage, Ronald was placed as groundskeeper at the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation. For the past three years, Ronald has been placed as groundskeeper at the Waimalu Neighborhood Park. He takes great care of the park: cleaning the restrooms, edging the lawn around the sidewalks and footpaths, and scrubbing away graffiti on the walls.

Today, Ronald remains ever proud of his work. He talks about how unclean Waimalu Park used to be – full of needles and broken shards of glass – and how he has made it cleaner and kid-friendly for the neighborhood kids, many of whom attend the nearby Waimalu Elementary. He also enjoys the autonomy and trust he is given. Ronald is not sure what his next steps are once his four-year placement is up, but he knows that he wants a job similar to the one he has right now.


Na Lima Hana Participant on Work Furlough Transitions into the Community

Looking to change his life for the better, Brady enrolled in the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program at the Central District Service Center. Brady is no ordinary job seeker – he is part of a work furlough program, which helps inmates transition from prison back into the community. As someone on work furlough, he needed to find and secure employment. Ideally, Brady wants to be a unionized carpenter and is already a member of the Hawaii Carpenters Union. However, at this time, Brady is not able to meet the work hour requirements, so he has taken a position with a private company as a laborer. Brady has utilized Na Lima Hana’s pre-employment services such as Job Readiness Training (JRT) and resume building, as well as obtained support services for ongoing employment (assistance with reliable transportation and appropriate work attire). The staff at Central District Service Center strives to be of support to Brady while he is on work furlough, so he can attain self-sufficiency in the near future.


Central District Service Center C-Base Students Learn about Community Resources

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As part of the Competency-Based Community School Diploma Program (C-Base) class offered at the Central District Service Center, the students are finishing up a unit on community resources. In this course, the C-Base students are learning where and how to look for resources within the community in which they live and work. Some of these resources include contact information for specific social services they may need (SNAP, emergency assistance for food, utilities, rentals, etc.). Recently, C-Base educator, Mr. Smith, has been taking the students to the computer lab to show how all of this information can be found conveniently online. Mr. Smith hopes that by having the students identify the community resources online, the students will become empowered with the knowledge and ability to access the resources to help them become self-sufficient.


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.