February Newsletter

Your announcements, accomplishments, up-coming events or trainings
are most welcome. Sorry, we do not publish fund raising events. Email
to alex@hysn.org by the 25th of the month prior to publication.



Sam Cox, one of the founders of Hawaii Youth Services Network, received the Martin Luther King Peacemaker Award from Church of the Crossroads in January. We honor him for his many years of public service. Mahalo nui loa, Sam. The following is excerpted from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (January 18, 2014).

In 1952, a few years before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s name became synonymous with the civil rights movement, Samuel Eugene Cox took part in his first demonstration against segregation in Washington, D.C.

These days, the part-time pastor of visitation at Kailua United Methodist Church, still advocates for social justice. His recent ministry efforts range from helping to open Beacon of Hope House last year, which aids women as they transition out of prison back into society, to working with the Interfaith Alliance Hawai’i. . . .

When Cox moved to Hawaii in 1967, he began serving as executive director of the Moiliili Community Center. During his nine-year tenure, which included a Japanese-language school, Cox organized what could have been the first after-school care program for latchkey kids, which grew to serve 500 children of all cultures, he said. In 1976 Cox became founding director of Hale Kipa youth services, helping runaway and homeless youth who were often drug-addicted. When Cox retired in 1998, Hale Kipa was helping up to 1,500 kids a year and running 12 shelters.

With an aim of protecting victims of abuse and sexual exploitation, Cox also founded the Hawaii Youth Services Network. He co-established the Teen Line, Peer Listener and the Gay and Lesbian Youth Support projects. In addition, in 1970 he helped to organize the Kokua Council for Senior Citizens and continues to serve as a board member. “The best medicine at times is to encourage people to help others, and it helps yourself,” Cox said.

Cox said he feels a bit embarrassed to accept the MLK Award because “I’ve always had a community of people with me, a lot of people working with me to make (things) happen.”

He has also received the 1998 lifetime achievement award from the National Youth Services Network; the 1999 Hawaii Social Worker of the Year honor; and the 2008 Living Treasures of Hawaii Award from the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii



Summer Experience: Help Animals/ Make a Difference/Have Fun
Open enrollment – Mondays – Fridays
June 4-17, 9 am to 1 pm; June 18-July 1, 1 pm to 5 pm
http://Hawaiianhumane.org/education or call 356-2247 for additional information

Animal Hero Service Learning Training Class
Sunday, February 23, 3-5 pm
Hawaiian Humane Society Classroom
2700 Waialae Avenue

Preparing students & youth groups to help Oahu’s animals A required class for those desiring to help the Hawaiian Humane Society for a school or club project or to earn volunteer & service hours.

Class highlights
Animal Welfare 101
Service Learning in Your Community
Shelter Tour & Mock Press Conference

Register at http://Hawaiianhumane.org/education or contact
Marielle at mterbo@hawaiianhumane.org or 356-2223 for information.


SPIN would like to invite you to share your agency’s resources at our
upcoming 28th Annual SPIN Conference, “HIT A HOME RUN WITH SPIN!”,
scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the University of Hawaii
Campus Center Ballroom. Our conference goal is to showcase some of
the opportunities that families have to create positive futures for
their children with special needs. If you are willing and able to
have a display at the conference, we would like to hear from you by
February 28, 2014.

Our table fee is $35.00. Tables will be assigned by SPIN prior to
the conference. Your agency/support group name will be put on the

For additional information or to regisiter contact Jan Tateishi
Phone: (808) 586-8126
Fax: (808) 586-8129
E-mail: jan.tateishi@doh.hawaii.gov
Website: http://www.spinhawaii.org


As part of the Hawaii Digital Government Summit held on November 21,
an Open Government workshop took place at which interested members of
the public were asked “What information does the public want the
government to provide?” Senator Jill Tokuda, who led the breakout
group on legislative information, told workshop participants that
members of her group were very interested in an App to help Hawaii
citizens/residents find their legislative representatives.

These cool public interest Websites/Applications (“Apps”) were
developed by the Office of Planning (OP) and GIS vendor Esri in
response to the interest expressed by Senator Tokuda and other
workshop participants – and were completed in a couple of weeks (!).

Please peruse at your leisure:
Interactive versions (click on any district or legislator):
Your 2014 Hawaii State Senate – http://maps.hawaii.gov/HIStateSenate/
Your 2014 Hawaii State House – http://maps.hawaii.gov/HIStateHouse/


The Hawaii State Legislature’s website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and the Public Access Room website (hawaii.gov/lrb/par) have a lot of great tools available to help you keep abreast of things during session.

If you aren’t familiar with the Legislature’s website, check out PAR’s Guide to Hawaii Legislature’s Website for an overview of how the website is organized and some key features to help you during session.

Keep track of all the bills you’re interested in — use the Measure Tracking feature to create as many lists as you like. It’s easy enough to add to them or winnow them down as session unfolds. The reports are sortable (double click on the column headers), and offer a great way to see at-a-glance if there’s been any recent activity on your measures.

Immediately add any bills for which you’d like to offer testimony to your Hearing Notification list. Should the bill be scheduled for a hearing, you’ll immediately be sent an email message letting you know the hearing details and how to offer testimony. (You can also ask to be sent messages every time a particular committee schedules a hearing.)

Do you have a hui of folks who will be tracking and lobbying on legislation? Take time now to consider how you’ll be accessing information and keeping one another informed (contact PAR if you’d like to discuss your challenges). Make sure everyone knows about the PAR website’s “Information Sheets” — there you’ll find everything from Capitol maps to lists of Office Managers and Committee Clerks.

Do you or your colleagues want to learn more about the legislative process and how it all works? Check out the “workshops” page on PAR’s website, or schedule a time to have an in person workshop with PAR staff.


With the support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Workgroup to Address the Needs of Children and Youth who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, and/or Two-Spirit (LGBTQI2-S) and Their Families has developed a new guide to support the work of service providers, educators, allies, and community members who seek to support the health and well-being of this population. The guide provides definitions of concepts related to sexual identity and expression, distinctions between these groups, and tips to support their strengths and address the challenges they face.


The Hawaii Red Cross has been awarded a $25,000 grant from Walmart to provide a stipend to underprivileged and/or economically challenged individuals in Hawaii towards the Red Cross Nurse Assistant Program. Individuals will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality health care as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). The skills learned through our Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training Program will lead to employment opportunities and also provide a life-long skill to care for family, friends and neighbors as they grow older and need assistance. Trained individuals will be prepared to provide daily living care through work in hospitals, nursing homes and private home environments. Training is held on Oahu, and on the Big Island in Kona and Hilo.

To apply for a stipend for this Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training Program, please call 808-739-8122. Because funding is limited, applications for stipends will only be accepted on a first-come basis to any eligible person until funds are exhausted. Applicants will be notified if chosen.


Thursday, February 13, 3:00 to 4:30 PM

Ending youth homelessness requires partnership and coordinated efforts in communities and at every level of government. The Federal Framework to end youth homelessness includes a Preliminary Intervention Model, designed to help communities identify the systems and capacity necessary to meet the needs of all youth experiencing homelessness.

On February 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern, please join the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Education (DOE), and Labor (DOL) for a free webinar on the Preliminary Intervention Model.

The Model targets specific changes in the life of a young person experiencing homelessness that increase the likelihood of getting the youth to positive core outcomes that will help them to end their homelessness.

Register for the webinar



KEY Project is proud to introduce the Kipuka Cafe Culinary Experience with top chefs Ken Weir and Richard Wagner. These exciting classes are for anyone 18 years and older who would like to learn fundamental kitchen and baking skills. Both classes will also provide excellent information about food safety and sanitation. Participants will gain employability skills and experience in a certified commercial kitchen and earn a Certificate of Completion. Classes begin February 3, 2014.

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If anyone has questions or would like to register, please contact Kalai at (808) 380-7431 or kkalai@keyproject.org . -



March 11-14
Ala Moana Hotel
Conference Tracks:
Child Trauma* Adolescent Trauma/Youth Violence * Adult/Family Trauma * Prevention/Early Intervention * Intimate Partner Violence * Trauma in Military Personnel, Veterans & Their Families * Healthcare Professionals Dealing with Abuse & Trauma * Criminal Justice & Legal Issues

For additional information and registration: www.IVATCenters.org


The University of Hawaii and the State Commission on Fatherhood present 24:7 DAD

This 12-week fatherhood program begins Monday February 10, 2014, 6:30-8:30p, then every Tuesday through May 6, 2014
Location: TBD
**Refreshments will be provided. Enrolled and active participants may be eligible to receive gift cards.

Information and registration: 808-927-0555
Email: adessajrc001@hawaii.rr.com


Join us for this interactive session!

Who should attend this workshop?
Anyone who facilitates meetings or trainings with adult learners and is interested in boosting their facilitation skills!

Date: February 26, 2014
Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Place: Airport Honolulu Hotel, 3401 North Nimitz Highway, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819 (808)836-0661
Cost: Free

Workshop Description
This interactive session is designed to increase workshop participants’ skill-level and confidence when working with adult learners. After a brief journey through adult learning research and best practice, workshop participants will explore proven models and strategies for facilitating diverse groups, handling challenging situations and motivating adult learners to apply what they have learned. Participants will explore the latest in brain research–how the adult brain acquires, retains, and applies information. Participants will leave the workshop with a set of practical, savvy strategies that can be used immediately in their work with adult groups.

Facilitator: Debra Christopher, MS

Debra serves as the Director of Professional and Organizational Development Services at ETR. She has successfully provided training and technical assistance to hundreds of individuals and groups throughout the U.S and is recognized nationally as a highly skilled professional developer, change agent and advocate for continuous learning. She has worked extensively (over 15 years) with Hawaii educators to increase their skills in the teaching and learning process.

To register, please click on or cut and paste link below by February 20:

There will be a $30 cancellation fee for any cancellations made within 5 days of the date of the workshop.

For more information about this workshop, please contact Darlene at darlene@hysn.org .


Additional training on all islands is available from February through April.

Interested in attending a training?
Online registration is available at: http://tinyurl.com/ktatqx2


Helping Our Parents Educate

February 24, 2014
(9am-9:30am Registration)
Airport Honolulu Hotel 3401 North Nimitz Highway Honolulu, Hawaii 96819 (808) 836-0661

HOPE aims to educate parents on how to communicate about sex and sexuality with their youth. This 1-day workshop helps provide the knowledge, tools, and techniques to be an effective health educator for your child. Learn techniques and tools to talk with youth about sexuality Learn how to become a more approachable adult/parent for a youth seeking sexual health information Learn how to encourage parents to talk with their youth about sex and vice versa Learn how technology can be utilized when talking and engaging youth about sexual health

What if I Only Work With Youth?

You CAN still attend this workshop! It will give you tips and show you how to be a highly effective youth motivator and an adult that youth can turn to for answers.

If you are looking for ways to engage your youth through technology this workshop will also provide tips and suggestions on how to use technology when working with youth.

To Register, please click on link below by February 19:



The 2014 legislative session is underway and some positive legislation for youth and their families is under consideration. Among the bills and resolutions that Hawaii Youth Services Network is following:

Safe Places for Youth
HB 1790/SB 2211 Relating to Youth
Requires the office of youth services to coordinate a five-year safe places for youth pilot program to establish a network of safe places where youth can access safety and services. Establishes the position of safe places for youth program coordinator. Establishes rules to allow minors to consent to enter the safe places program and provide immunity from liability to safe place providers and other related service providers. Makes appropriation.

Sexual Health Education
HR 5/ HCR 9/SCR 1
Requesting The Board Of Education And The Department Of Education To Report On The Status Of Sexuality Health Education Programs In Public Schools And The Feasibility Of Developing A Uniform, Mandatory Sexuality Health Education Program For All Public School Students.

After-School Programs
HB1756/SB 2441 Relating to Youth
Establishes the resources for enrichment, athletics, culture, and health (R.E.A.C.H.) program in the office of youth services to provide a standardized framework and funding for after-school programs in public middle and intermediate schools. Establishes a revolving fund to receive fees and other moneys to supplement the costs of administering and operating the program. Appropriates funds for establishing the R.E.A.C.H. program to provide funding for after-school programs in middle and intermediate public schools. Establishes one full-time equivalent (1.0 FTE) position to support the program and appropriates funds for that position.

Voter Registration
HB 1797 Relating to Voting
Requires the department of education to provide seniors at every public school with voter registration information prior to graduation. Requires the department of human services to provide young adults who are in the young adult voluntary foster care program with information on voter registration and authorizes the department to assist young adults with registering to vote.

Foster Care Board Rates
HB 1694/SB 2772 Relating to Foster Care
Increases the minimum monthly foster care basic board rate and foster care maximum difficulty of care rate. Requires Department of Human Services to report to the Legislature prior to 2015 Regular Session on implementation and cost. Appropriates funds. Effective July 1, 2014.

HB 1576Relating to Foster Care Services
Increases the monthly board rate for foster care services. Makes an appropriation. Requires DHS to report on impact of board rate increase.

If you would like to receive legislative tracking alerts and reports periodically from HYSN, please contact Judith Clark at jclark@hysn.org and we will add you to the distribution list.


Thursday, February 20, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Airport Honolulu Hotel 3401 North Nimitz Hwy Honolulu, HI 96819


Unfortunately, research continues to show that for an overwhelming majority of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, schools are not a safe place to learn and grow.

Nearly two-thirds report feeling unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation, and nearly 40% felt unsafe because of their gender expression. 85% of LGBT students report being verbally harassed, 40% report being physically harassed because of their sexual orientation.

Some students say they feel safer at school when one very simple yet critical sign is present: the ability to identify a supportive educator.

Please join us for an informative session on Safe Space for LGBT Youth with

Antonia R.G. Alvarez, L.M.S.W.
Director, Pono Youth Project: College Mental Health Awareness,
Suicide and Bullying Prevention, and GROW A RAINBOW for LGBTQ Youth and Families
Mental Health America of Hawaii

Registration: by Thursday, February 13, 2014. Please click on the
link below to register. If you have any questions, please contact maricel@hysn.org
Cost: $20 per person (includes lunch)

Travel Awards: HYSN Member Agencies can apply for a roundtrip ticket for one(1) staff member. Please contact maricel@hysn.org or call (808) 531-2198 ext.6 for a Travel Request Form by February 07, 2014.

Special needs: If you need any special accommodations due to disability, please contact maricel@hysn.org by Thursday, February 07, 2014 with your request.