HCAP Weekly September 28, 2015

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In this week’s issue:

Head Start Selects 2015-2016 Policy Council Executive Committee
HCAP Client Expresses Gratitude
More than Job Readiness Training
Hands on Activity Brings HCAP Program Training to Life
SCSEP Partners with the YWCA’s Dress for Success Program
Join the Hā Initiative for Fall Break!


Head Start Selects 2015-2016 Policy Council Executive Committee

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The HCAP Head Start program recently completed orientation for the Policy Council. Parent representatives from each classroom learned about the Policy Council standing committees and selected the committee they wanted to serve in. In addition to standing committee sign-up, elections were conducted to seat the 2015-2016 school year Policy Council Executive Committee. Pictured above are the new officers (left to right): Tricia of Kahalu’u Head Start is the new Chairperson, Aaron of Kunia II Head Start is the Vice-Chairperson, Rayna (with daughter) of Puohala Head Start is the Secretary, and Lindsey of Makaha Head Start is the new Treasurer. HCAP welcomes and is excited to work with the new Policy Council Officers.


HCAP Client Expresses Gratitude

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Sia, a client from the Central District Service Center recently sent a letter to HCAP thanking the staff for all their help:

To put it briefly, I have experienced many hardships this past summer. My mom passed away, and the majority of my finances were apportioned towards her final services. Also, I was unemployed since July, and I won’t receive my last paycheck from my former job until October 20th. I have been struggling to pay the bills and recently received a disconnection notice from HECO.
Anyway, I was already familiar with the services that HCAP offers, since having needed assistance about 2 years ago. Thank you so much Fai, for not giving up on me. When we connected with each other, I only had 3 more days until the HECO’s extension period granted to me was up. I already felt like it was a losing effort and expressed this to you. Without your assistance and all you have done for me, I would have been without electric service and probably would have had to make a payday loan.

Not only does HCAP provide this wonderful aid to single parents like myself, it also makes a really big difference when there are people like you. People who go the extra mile, will read a little bit more into the situation, will stop people like me from giving up, and give not just opportunities, but second chances. I’m extremely grateful to HCAP and to YOU for all your efforts in helping my children and I. Though a mere “thank you” seems insufficient to express my gratitude, it is all that I can say at this time…THANK YOU HCAP AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FAI for not giving up on me!

Ma le ava tele,
Sia & kids


More than Job Readiness Training

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HCAP provides Job Readiness Training (JRT) through the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services program. The goal of the training is to help individuals who are looking for employment gain confidence and be more prepared when looking for work. But beyond just finding an individual a job, the program aims to find individuals the “right” job, meaning a job that would best suite the individual’s personality.

Ronel is a participant of the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services program and is currently receiving Job Readiness Training from HCAP’s Central District Service Center. In order to provide Ronel with the best services possible, the HCAP Central District Service Center staff had him fill out a personality assessment. The assessment gave insight into Ronel’s personality, strengths and weaknesses. With this new knowledge, Ronel was able to become more self-aware and see his own potential. Finally, the assessment gave HCAP staff an idea of what jobs would best suite Ronel. Ronel possesses various strengths. He is punctual, dedicated, follows directions well, and is hard-working. The assessment also revealed that Ronel is introverted by nature. With the help of HCAP staff, Ronel is also working on being more open to change. The Central District Service Center will continue to work with Ronel until he finds a job that is right for him.


Hands on Activity Brings HCAP Program Training to Life

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As HCAP staff filed into the Board of Director’s Room, there was a feeling of both curiosity and excitement. After grabbing refreshments, everyone began to get seated and looked over the agenda. All the while, the question continued to hang in the air. What would a mason jar, dishwashing liquid, rubbing alcohol and food coloring have to do with the training?

Last week Friday, HCAP staff from all District Service Centers gathered together for Program Training. The training focused on two HCAP programs, Youth Services and the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program. The purpose of the Program Training was to paint a picture of the two programs and to open the door for cross- program collaboration.

First to present was Youth Service’s Program Manager, Krystal Ikeda. Krystal shared the different activities of the Youth Services Program and recent changes relating to the program. She showed a video of Youth Services students bonding together as they attended classes, participated in community service, and received work experience. At the end of the video, students smiled broadly in their shiny, blue graduation gowns as “It’s the Climb” quietly played in the background. HCAP staff learned that for many Youth Services students, building confidence is the biggest challenge. Students leave the program not only with a diploma, but also with their heads held a little higher.

Next up was Dr. Kimberly Stone, Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program Manager. Kim first talked about the symbolism behind the program’s name, explaining the word Hā means the stem of the taro plant in Hawaiian. She also explained the different afterschool activities the students engage in. To further paint a picture of the student activities, HCAP staff was given an experiment to perform. The experiment was called “Rainbow in a Jar.” Using various liquids, staff got in pairs and attempted to create rainbows in mason jars. HCAP staff laughed as some of their rainbows resembled muddy water while others turned out beautifully. The activity brought everyone back to those childhood days when learning new concepts like density were fun, exciting, and inspiring.

At the end of the Program Training, HCAP Executive Director, Robert N.E. Piper left the staff with some parting words. He reminded everyone of the importance of the work they do and the impact HCAP is making. “Programs like STEM are more than just an after-school program,” he told staff, “these programs are about providing opportunities for education and learning so that we can go beyond generational poverty.” Staff left the training with new knowledge…and undoubtedly a little food coloring on their hands.


SCSEP Partners with the YWCA’s Dress for Success Program

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Recently, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) staff took a tour of the Boutique and Career Center of the YWCA’s Dress for Success Program, located in the basement of the YWCA’s Richard Street facility. Director, Kehaulani and Assistant, Shirley administer the Dress for Success program. The SCSEP staff was very impressed with the diverse inventory of women’s professional wardrobe and shoes the program provides. The clothing is free for women who are in need of professional work attire with the purpose of helping them secure employment and use once they are employed. The SCSEP staff is looking forward to partnering with Dress for Success. Through the partnership, SCSEP clients will be given professional work attire as they continue on with their job search.

SCSEP staff would like to thank the YWCA for the informative tour of the Dress for Success Program and they are looking forward to working with them in the future.


Join the Hā Initiative for Fall Break!

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The Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program will be open during Fall Break. All five STEM Exploration Centers will be open from October 5 – 9 during their normal hours. For more information, visit the HCAP website at: http://www.hcapweb.org/ha-initiative/