HAWAII YOUTH SERVICES NETWORK
Hawaii Youth Services Network is a coalition of more than fifty youth-serving agencies and organizations statewide.
Mission and Philosophy
Promoting the well being of youth and strengthening of families and communities by providing leadership, encouraging collaboration and creating partnerships statewide.
The children and youth of Hawaii are our future. The way we treat them today, the opportunities we provide them and the investments we make in their development will influence the kind of adults they will become.
Children and youth live and participate in our communities. We must recognize and value them as community assets. We need to include youth people in decisions that affect their lives in communities, school systems, churches, and in our public policy decision making.
We must meaningfully engage youth in all aspects of community life.
Hawaii Youth Services Network was formed in 1981 as the Hawaii Youth Shelter Network. In 1986, the name was changed to reflect the group’s desire to form linkages with other agencies/programs that serve youth in different capacities.
Through recreation, education, prevention, treatment, outreach, counseling, and shelter programs, our members support youth and families, seeking to build stronger communities. Through our shared advocacy on behalf of youth, we seek to educate our communities and our decision makers. Through our networking, we seek to build collaborations that provide for increased effectiveness and decreased costs of services.
HYSN is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization. The organization, along with all of its constituent member agencies and organizations is also a member of the Western States Youth Services Network (WSYSN) and the National Network for Youth (NNY).
HYSN provides a vehicle for the cooperative sharing of resources and information among the members as well as collective advocacy for the rights and alternative funding for youth, their families and their communities. Through its affiliation with WSYSN and the NNY, members can keep up-to-date with regard to information related to youth services at both regional and national levels and have opportunities to participate in meetings and trainings sponsored by those groups.
For more information, please contact:
Judith F. Clark, Executive Director
Hawaii Youth Services Network
677 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 702
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: 808 531-2198
Fax: 808 534-1199
Web Site: www.hysn.org
MEMBERS OF HAWAII YOUTH SERVICES NETWORK
American Civil Liberties Union
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu
Big Island Substance Abuse Council
Blueprint for Change
Bobby Benson Center
Catholic Charities Hawaii
Central Oahu Youth Services Association
Child and Family Service
Coalition for a Drug Free Hawaii
Domestic Violence Action Center
Family Support Hawaii
Family Programs Hawaii
Friends of the Missing Child Center of Hawaii
Hale Kipa, Inc.
Hale ‘Opio Kauai, Inc.
Hawaii Behavioral Health
Hawaii Student Television
Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii
Hina Mauka Teen Care
Kama’aina Kids, Inc.
KEY (Kualoa-Heeia Ecumenical Youth) Project
|Kids Behavioral Health
Kids Hurt Too
Kokua Kalihi Valley
Kula No Na Poe Hawaii
Lanai Community Health Center
The Maui Farm, Inc.
Maui Youth and Family Services
Parents and Children Together (PACT)
Parents and Children Together
Planned Parenthood of Hawaii
Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center, Kona Unit
Salvation Army Family Intervention Services
Salvation Army Family Treatment Services
Susannah Wesley Community Center
The Catalyst Group
The Children’s Alliance of Hawaii
Waikiki Health Center
Women Helping Women
YWCA of Kauai
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
- To provide opportunities for youth and family service providers to meet, share information and collaborate on local, national and global levels.
- To support quality standards and the development of services to children, youth and families statewide.
- To impact local, state, national and global awareness, legislation and policy.
- To develop opportunities for youth involvement and leadership.
- To develop and strengthen the organizational capabilities of HYSN.
- To promote and provide accurate and helpful information and assistance to teens through statewide telecommunications and youth services network support.
ELIGIBILITY AND TYPES OF MEMBERSHIPS
It is the policy of Hawaii Youth Services Network (HYSN) to recruit and retain as members a wide range of government and private youth organizations and individuals that are committed to positive youth development in the state of Hawaii.
Classes of Membership
There shall be (3) categories of membership in the organization: Individual Member, Organization Member and Affiliate Member.
- Any individual who endorses the purposes and goals of the Hawaii Youth Services Network and who is determined to meet the following criteria shall qualify as an “Individual Member”.
- Individuals shall believe in the “community based” system of care for youth and families.
- Individuals shall demonstrate commitment to the concept of insuring maximum client participation in all decisions affecting a person’s own life (self-determination).
- Individuals shall have signed a letter of intent agreeing to pay dues within forty-five (45) days of billing.
- Individuals shall evidence the above-mentioned intents and agreements through a signed letter stating agreement with all terms of individual membership.
- Any organization (other than government entities) which endorses the purposes and goals of the Hawaii Youth Services Network and which has been determined to meet the following criteria shall qualify as an “Organizational Member”.
- Organization shall identify with the term “community based”.
- Organization shall place substantial emphasis on individual, youth, family, and community development.
- Organization shall provide for active youth participation in program policy.
- Organization shall demonstrate commitment to the concept of insuring maximum client participation in all decisions affecting a person’s own life (self-determination)
- Organization shall have signed a letter of intent agreeing to pay dues within forty five (45) days of the billing date.
- Organization diligently practices non-discrimination in all of its activities and operations, and applies to all its personnel matters the principles of equal opportunity.
- Any government organization, or department or division serving children and/or youth which endorses the purposes and goals of Hawaii Youth Services Network, and which has been determined to meet the following criteria shall qualify as an “Affiliate Member”.
- Affiliate is a government child and/or youth-serving organization or a department/ division thereof.
- Affiliate shall place substantial emphasis on individual, youth, family and community development
- Affiliate shall demonstrate commitment to the concept of insuring maximum client participation in all decisions affecting a person’s own life (self-determination)
- Affiliate diligently practices non-discrimination in all of its activities and operations, and applies to all its personnel matters the principles of equal opportunity.
- Affiliate shall have signed a letter of intent agreeing to pay dues within (45) forty-five days of the billing date.
- Affiliate members may not vote nor may they serve on the Hawaii Youth Services Network Board of Directors.
- Membership meetings, each with educational presentation and opportunities for informal networking
- Multiple conferences and workshops, some held on neighbor islands; training designed for staff and volunteers at all levels within organizations
- Air fare subsidies to attend each membership meeting or training program when held on another island.
- Representation on interagency coalitions, task forces, committees related to youth
- Advocacy on youth issues locally, regionally and nationally
- Travel subsidies to the National Network for Youth Symposium for youth and adults
- Distribution of donated material goods such as movie tickets or office furniture
- Ongoing e-mail list serve sharing information on training and funding opportunities, best practices, public policy concerns, information that a member agency wants to share with others, etc.
- Listing on HYSN web site and link to member agency’s own site
- Collaborative grants seeking and management
- Technical assistance
- Limited state legislative tracking and alerts
HYSN ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES
$300 per year – HYSN will bill each member agency upon acceptance and annually thereafter on September 1st. When organizations join in mid-year, membership dues are prorated (e.g. if joining in March, dues for the first year are $150).
After submitting the completed application form, the HYSN membership committee will review the application and make recommendation to the Board of Directors for acceptance or disapproval. The Board of Directors will vote on the proposed membership application at its next quarterly board meeting. HYSN staff will notify the applicant of the results of the board vote.