HCAP WEEKLY August 23, 2021

HCAP Selects New Director of Community Services
Chemistry and Earth Science – Hā Initiative Keiki Create Edible Gel and a Model Canyon!
Back to Work: Nā Lima Hana Re-Engages with Work Furlough Programs Across Oʻahu
Snapshots from our HCAP Head Start Aiea 1 Classroom!


HCAP Selects New Director of Community Services

The Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. (“HCAP”) is pleased to announce that Robin Fakaosi has been selected as HCAP’s Director of Community Services.  This Director of Community Services is responsible for the development, implementation, and support of programs and services to achieve the agency’s mission. In addition, the Director of Community Services develops and maintains working relationships with community partners and provides leadership and support to program and district managers and staff.  As a member of HCAP’s Executive Management Team, the Director of Community Services will work closely with HCAP’s Board of Directors.

Robin began working at HCAP in 2006 as a Program Aide and later became a Community Worker at HCAP’s Kalihi-Palama District Service Center, working directly in the community to provide services and support to individuals and families seeking assistance.  In 2017, Robin was promoted to Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program Coordinator, and in 2019, was named as HCAP’s Interim Director of Community Services.

Robert Piper, HCAP Executive Director, states “Since Robin first started with HCAP, she has provided quality services in whatever capacity she has served.  She has progressed from Program Aide and Community Worker providing direct services to program participants, to becoming a Program Coordinator, and now becoming the Director of Community Services, thanks to her strong work ethic and dedication to the mission of HCAP.  It is apparent how important the work of the agency is to Robin, and I know she will continue to do her best to inspire those around her.  I look forward to continue working with her as part of HCAP’s Executive Management Team.”


 

Chemistry and Earth Science – Hā Initiative Keiki Create Edible Gel and a Model Canyon!

Photo of STEM

This week the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program explored the worlds of chemistry and earth science! Students learned about polymerization, the process in which relatively small molecules combine chemically to produce a very large chainlike or network molecule, by performing a science experiment that turned Capri-Sun drink into an edible gel! Students also learned about chemical formulas like C6H9NaO7 (sodium alginate) and how each letter and number represents the atoms of each molecule. 

After the chemistry unit, the Hā Initiative students dove into the world of earth science by learning about different landforms. One landform the students explored were canyons. In their lesson, students learned that canyons could be used to look into the distant, geological past. Curious about how a river could make a canyon, the students performed an experiment in which they explored the phenomena of erosion using a stream table. In the experiment, students poured water through the stream table and were able to observe how water was able to carve a path through solid material! 

Want to get your keiki involved in STEM? Our Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program is now open for in-person learning at all five of our STEM Exploration Centers. Space is limited due to social distancing procedures, so email hcapstem@hcapweb.org or visit www.hcapweb.org/ha-initiative/ for more information.


Back to Work: Nā Lima Hana Re-Engages with Work Furlough Programs Across Oʻahu

As our state continues to navigate through the pandemic, our Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program has worked hard to keep our participants and partners engaged. In recent weeks, HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program has started to work once again with Work Furlough Programs at various Correctional Institutions across Oʻahu after a pause in delivery of services due to COVID-19. HCAP has had a longstanding partnership with Work Furlough Programs through our District Service Centers and our Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program. The Work Furlough Program allows correctional institution inmates to obtain a job, temporarily leave the facility for work shifts, and then return to the facility when the workday is done. The goal is to provide inmates with a smooth transition back into society as well as boost their skills and self-confidence. In preparation for the programʻs re-engagement with Work Furlough inmates, HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana staff attended a training at the Women’s Community Correctional Facility. The training covered all policy and procedures for program staff and volunteers entering the correctional facility including materials allowed inside, what to do in an emergency, how to interact with the Adult Correctional Officers, confidentiality, how to file a report, policies on personal information, and many other additional topics. Our ECS staff were also able to meet the inmates at the facility in order to build relationships. By offering employment services through HCAPʻs Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program, we hope to provide many working opportunities for those looking to slowly integrate back into society.


Snapshots from our HCAP Head Start Aiea 1 Classroom!

In these times of uncertainty, our HCAP Head Start Program hopes to provide our youngest learners with a safe, stable, and fun learning environment. While safety is the utmost priority, our Head Start teachers and staff also want our keiki to have a place to unwind, de-stress, and interact responsibly with their peers. Check out this fun activity our HCAP Head Start keiki in our Aiea 1 classroom took part in this week!

I Spy a Bug!

Aiea 1 keiki peer through a magnifying glass to observe different insects!

HCAP Head Start operates classrooms across Oʻahu. To learn more about the program and how to enroll your keiki, Click Here.