HCAP Weekly July 14, 2014

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In this week’s issue:

Exploring the Fun Field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
Ready To Learn Program Helps Students Begin School with School Supplies
Youth Services Recruiting for Academic Programs
Making a Difference in the Lives of Employment Core Participants
The Spring Quarterly is Now Available for Viewing
Welcome to our newest staff member!


Exploring the Fun Field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

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At the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program, Central Exploration Center teacher Mr. Ryan tries to introduce as many of the basics of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields as possible.

In the past few months, the students have covered various topics such as aerodynamics, Newton’s Laws, blood pressure, heart rate, form and function of engineering, graphic design, and even some music skills. Some of the activities they do on a regular basis are Scoot Pad, Funtotype.com, and Lego missions. Scoot Pad is a computer quiz based program that tests a student’s abilities in reading and math. Funtotype.com is a website with games based around typing. Lego missions are a great way to introduce engineering design as well as computer programming, robotics, and other important technological skills. For example, students explored a possible mission to Mars with space shuttles and various rovers they created with Legos. They looked at the physics of landing on another planet from Mars’s position in the solar system.

Other activities they’ve explored include a look at healthy living, in which they used a stethoscope, scale, blood pressure cuff, and body fat analyzer. This activity was an awesome experience as children role-played being a doctor and took other students physical statistics. This was really inspiring because it made the students feel like they could become a doctor one day.


Ready To Learn Program Helps Students Begin School with School Supplies

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The Kalihi-Palama District Service Center, in partnership with Helping Hands Hawaii kicked off the 2014 Ready to Learn Program, which assist families with basic school supplies for the upcoming school year. The Kalihi office staff worked with Head Start and Hā Initiative families as well as community members to provide children in kindergarten to 12th grade with school supplies. Community Worker, Robin Fakaosi gave out school supplies to Head start parent, Yuki and her son who is a Head Start student and her oldest daughter who will be entering 6th grade this year. The families who have received supplies have been so thankful for the assistance they receive through the Ready to Learn Program.


Youth Services Recruiting for Academic Programs

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Youth Services would like to send a very big “MAHALO” to the Hawaii State Library for allowing us to distribute our brochures in all the libraries on Oahu as we aggressively recruit for our academic programs. Youth Services is offering orientation and tours every-other Friday at 9:00am. Please call 591-1766 for more information and to schedule an appointment. You can also learn more about the Youth Services program by clicking here.


Making a Difference in the Lives of Employment Core Participants

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Last week, three participants from the Central District Service Center completed Employment Preparation Training. One of the three participants contacted program staff this week to share that he found employment, but needed help with getting a state ID in order to start working. The Na Lima Hana- Employment Core Services Program will help the participant purchase his state ID.
Many of the program participants are from the work furlough program and have no family support or financial assistance. Each time HCAP staff are able to assist participants, they are forever grateful for the time spent to assist them. The smile on the faces of participants after staff assists them with obtaining work clothes, personal hygiene items, shoes, ID, birth certificate, or completing the Employment Preparation training is priceless.


The Spring Quarterly is Now Available for Viewing

Spring Quarterly
HCAP’s Spring Quarterly Newsletter is now available for viewing on the website. Click here to view the Spring 2014 Quarterly Newsletter.

Welcome to our newest staff member!

Doris Tulifau – Family Advocate

Welcome to new staff