HCAP Weekly May 19, 2014

Photo of Head Start Dentist

In this week’s issue:

All Smiles for Head Start Students
C-Base Student and Employment Services Participant Has a Bright Future
Introducing HCAP’s new Program Manager for the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program
Youth Services Students Learn Importance of Voting
Head Start Wall Blessing
Welcome to our newest staff members!


All Smiles for Head Start Students

Photo of Head Start Dentist
Dr. Fujii is a dentist on the Leeward Coast at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC). He and his staff have been working closely with the community and participate in Head Start’s community events, such as the Health & Wellness Fair in February 2014. Dr. Fujii visited the Puu Heleakala classrooms on the Leeward Coast and held a workshop to educate parents on dental health. He also provided free dental screenings for the children. The children were all SMILES!


C-Base Student and Employment Services Participant Has a Bright Future

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Aaron was an at-risk seventeen-year-old youth who dropped out of Waipahu High School for several reasons. High school just didn’t work for Aaron, but he really wanted to earn a high school diploma. In March of 2013, Aaron enrolled in the Competency Based Community School Diploma Program offered at the Central District Service Center, which provides classes during the day. By September of 2013 Aaron had competed and passed all five units and was eligible to take the Mastery test- he obtained the highest test score in his class. Aaron then had to comply with the phase two portion of the program, which requires the participant to work or volunteer for one hundred hours. After several months of searching and not being able to secure work, Aaron was enrolled in the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program and soon after, secured employment with Zippy’s as a utility person. By April 2014, Aaron had worked a sufficient amount of hours to finally earn his Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma. Aaron is now looking toward accomplishing his next educational goal, obtaining a degree in Engineering.


Introducing HCAP’s new Program Manager for the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program

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Michelle Stevens has joined HCAP as the Program Manager of the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program. Michelle has worked with the Department of Education, local non-profit organizations, private schools, and community based technology and literacy programs in Hawaii for nine years. She recently earned her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Phoenix and a CompTIA Security+ certification. Michelle says that she is honored to join the HCAP ‘ohana and is excited to help bring the Creative STEM After-School Program to students across Oahu.


Youth Services Students Learn Importance of Voting

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Alex Santiago, advocate and community leader, visited with Youth Services C-Base students and shared the importance of voting and getting involved with their community. Students enjoyed the interactive presentation with Mr. Santiago and came away inspired and ready to fill out their voter registration applications.


Head Start Wall Blessing

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Head Start staff attended a wall blessing for the upcoming Head Start Classes at the Early Learning Center in Ma’ili (Ka Pua). As Kamehameha Schools referred to the event as a “Graffiti Activity”, the task was to bring your scripture, ‘olelo no’eau, program vision/mission, hopes for keiki, etc. to mark on the wall of your classrooms. The purpose was to fill the spaces with positive energy and hopes for the future where the whiteboards will be placed. The classrooms will eventually be painted and the “graffiti activity” will be covered, but our blessing will still be within the walls!


Welcome to our newest staff members!

Michelle Stevens – Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program Manager

Jerome Figueroa – Kumuhonua Resident Aide
Welcome to new staff