HCAP Weekly October 26, 2015

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In this week’s issue:

The Hā Initiative goes Airborne!
HCAP Fosters Partnership with Aerotek
Head Start Classrooms Promote Family Engagement
Kumuhonua Residents Get in the Spirit of Halloween
HCAP Staff Learn How to Keep our Kupuna Engaged and Safe
HCAP and Dress For Success Help Women Feel and Look Their Best at Work
LIHEAP Helps Get the Lights Back On


The Hā Initiative goes Airborne!

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This week the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) from Colorado Springs, Colorado visited HCAP’s STEM Exploration Centers. Recognizing that STEM education can provide unmeasurable advantages for youth, the USAFA wanted to encourage Hā Initiative participants to continue learning and finding the joy of education. The visit brought a unique opportunity for the participants and cadet members to share knowledge. As the STEM participants are readying for FIRST LEGO robotics competitions on October 31st, the USAFA members capitalized on a common interest. First, the participants of the Kalihi STEM Exploration Center shared the robotics feats they have accomplished for the upcoming competition with recent USAFA graduate Mr. Robert. The Central STEM Exploration Center also got a chance to show off programming skills. Next, the USAFA members shared a video showing how STEM education can lead to exciting and fun careers such as skydiving, flight pilots, programming, and space exploration. The video also exhibited fun moments so that participants could see that college is cool!

The Air Force Academy also brought a “secret weapon” to connect with the STEM participants. Knowing that the kids had an upcoming robotics competition, Mr. Robert brought one of the Air Force Academy Robots. Despite its small stature, the USAFA robot packs a big punch with his hip dance moves, childlike inquisition, and captivating storytelling. The STEM participants loved seeing the robot dance and sing to current chart-topping singles. Even more, the participants enjoyed holding the robot “hand” and walking with him through the STEM Exploration Center. The participants could barely contain their wonder and excitement! Mr. Robert enthusiastically answered questions about programming and design while relating the activities of the STEM robotics as stepping stones to being able to produce a robot such as the USAFA android.

The Hā Initiative extends a warm Mahalo to the USAFA guests for all the information and encouragement!


HCAP Fosters Partnership with Aerotek

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On October 28, 2015, Director of Community Services, Robert Naniole and Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program Coordinator, James “Jojo” Upega participated in a business lunch meeting with Aerotek’s Recruiters, Ryan Miyatake and Christopher Wakukawa. The purpose of the meeting was to further develop the partnership between Aerotek and HCAP. Aerotek is a leader in the recruiting and staffing industry and is looking to assist employers across the island of Oahu to fill jobs in areas such as labor, warehouse work, retail sales, hospitality, customer service, shipyard labor, general management, administration/clerical, etc. Aerotek will continue to refer their clients to HCAP for services, and will provide HCAP with access to a large variety of employers in need of employees.


Head Start Classrooms Promote Family Engagement

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Each week, the classrooms in Head Start’s Cluster 5 (Honolulu to Koko Head) promote Family Engagement, with an emphasis on inviting Fathers and primary caregivers to the classrooms for fun-filled events and learning activities to do with their child.

Jefferson Pre-Plus fathers worked side-by-side with their child to create unique paper airplane designs. After creating their paper airplane, they got to go outside and test their plane’s flight heights and speed.

Other family engagement activities included fathers planting seeds with their child at Lanakila I & II. The activity provided opportunities to learn math, science, and language building through conversations.

Queen Kaahumanu Head Start invited Dulcie Arakawa, Literacy Resource Teacher, to conduct a Read Aloud workshop in which the parents learned about book selection and using varying tones and expressions when reading with their child. The fathers and parents also created butterflies to accompany the featured story.

Kauluwela Head Start invited dads to come in and talk about their occupation. John, a Head Start father, came in to talk about his security job. The children got to see some of the equipment that he uses for his job and learned new words such as “protection” and “prevent.”

Dole Head Start families were invited to the classrooms to participate in a “Counting Tool Box” activity. This activity was to engage fathers with their child in a fun, meaningful way. The “Counting Tool Box” activity incorporated the identification of numerous tools, matching each tool to a photo, and counting the number of tools as a way to increase math and counting skills.


Kumuhonua Residents Get in the Spirit of Halloween

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Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center encouraged the residents to get into the spirit of Halloween by having a door-decorating contest. There were great decorations, all of which were very original and well thought-out! This is an activity to encourage residents to get engaged and involved in making Kumuhonua feel like home.


HCAP Staff Learn How to Keep our Kupuna Engaged and Safe

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On October 23, 2015, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provided HCAP staff with its program awareness training. Frank Yim, the SCSEP Program Coordinator, spoke about the program rules, eligibility criteria, program activities, recruitment, networking, and program benefits to the participants and the community.

Along with SCSEP, the State Executive Office on Aging Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program shared some of their program services. SMP volunteers Jimmy Yee and Marilyn Yeager spoke about senior related issues such as medical fraud. They shared information on how to spread awareness and how to prevent such illegal activity from occurring.

Lastly, the Honolulu Police Department joined the training with topics on crimes of opportunity, pedestrian safety, and online fraud. Included in their team of presenters were Sergeant Valoroso, Officer Ho, and Officer Ibauo.

Mahalo to the guest speakers from SMP and HPD for presenting such interesting and important information. Together we can all help create a safe environment for Hawaii’s kupuna.


HCAP and Dress For Success Help Women Feel and Look Their Best at Work

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The Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services Coordinator James “Jojo” Upega, Central District Service Center Manager Katy Perry and Kalihi-Palama Community Worker Robin Fakaosi attended a walk-through meeting at the YWCA Dress for Success program. There they met with our partners, Kehaulani Coleman, Director of Economic Development Programs, and Shirley Grossi at YWCA Dress for Success. All five of HCAP’s District Service Centers have been working closely with our partners at Dress for Success and have referred many female clients to the program. Dress for Success assists clients by fitting them with an entire outfit they can use to go to job interviews. Once hired, the women are fitted again for two more outfits for their first day of work. Dress for Success is a valued partner, as many clients in the past have benefitted from the services. With the help of this partnership, many of HCAP’s clients have become office staff, retail associates, and even nurses. HCAP appreciates all that they do to help our clients on their path to self-sufficiency.


LIHEAP Helps Get the Lights Back On

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HCAP continues to provide assistance to families who have received a final disconnection notice for either their electricity or gas services through the Emergency Crisis Intervention (ECI) portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

The ECI portion of LIHEAP is a service that provides assistance for families at risk of having their electricity shutoff or in restoring electric power for families without electricity. Paea and her family recently benefited from the program. Paea walked into the Central District Service Center seeking help since her electricity had just been shut off. Faced with a the urgent need to get her family’s electricity back on, the Central District Service Center did not waste any time in responding. Paea was given all the necessary documents and brought the LIHEAP application back within an hour. The collaboration between the Central District Service Center and HECO helped expedite the Paea’s request for the electricity to be restored. By the end of the same day the family’s lights were back on!