HCAP WEEKLY September 26, 2022

Homeless Windward Oʻahu Teen Finds Support and Stability
STEM Students Model a Volcanic Eruption
Imagination and Color Recognition with Head Start Pauoa Keiki


Homeless Windward Oʻahu Teen Finds Support and Stability

HCAP’s Windward district staff first met Bralynn in October 2021 through a weekly outreach partnership with the Residential Youth Services and Empowerment (RYSE) shelter for teens in Kailua. At the time, Bralynn was a homeless teenager living on her own. She would stop by the RYSE shelter for daily services like food, showers, and case management that could eventually lead her to securing permanent shelter. 

After meeting Bralynn, HCAP’s Windward district staff helped connect her with the Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services program to assist her with employment skills and referrals. Bralynn completed Job Readiness Training in just one week. The training provided her with the interviewing, resume building, and job searching skills she would need to eventually secure employment. 

Windward district staff also worked with Bralynn’s friends and family to help her arrange a stable living situation. “Her family and friends joined her circle of supporters as we helped her step by step to gain an ID and documentation needed to obtain employment,” said Sonny-Jean Preston, Community Services Manager at Windward District Service Center. 

In January 2022, Bralynn obtained a part-time warehouse job. She has now been employed for over 180 days and recently visited HCAP’s Windward District Service Center to pick up the gift cards she earned through Nā Lima Hana for reaching her 30, 60, 90, and 180 day employment milestones. Bralynn’s next goal is to increase her work hours so that she can afford a place of her own. Windward district staff continue to support Bralynn’s journey and have enjoyed watching the young teen’s success so far.

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STEM Students Model a Volcanic Eruption

This week, the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program continued a study of weather and natural disasters. Students at Kaʻiulani Elementary School learned about the characteristics of volcanoes, types of lava, and the role that volcanoes played in the formation of the Hawaiian islands. 

Using a plastic bottle as the base, the students constructed a volcano out of paper mache. They covered the bottle in layers of paper dipped in a flour and water mixture and allowed it to harden overnight. Once the volcano was dry, the students painted it to resemble a real-life volcano and prepared for the “eruption” by filling the bottle with baking soda. The final step was to watch their volcano come to life by adding red-colored vinegar “lava” and watching the volcano erupt. 

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Imagination and Color Recognition with Head Start Pauoa Keiki

The keiki at Pauoa I Head Start developed their sense of imagination and color recognition skills through parallel and group play this week. While playing with tabletop colorful manipulatives, the keiki used their fine motor skills to assemble and deconstruct towers and boxes. They also identified various colors and compared their creations. The keiki also played with colorful magna-tiles, imagining they were repairing their boat in the middle of the ocean and quickly matching the magna-tiles by color to stop their boat from sinking. 

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