July Newsletter


Senator Mazie Hirono thinks the high teen birth rate for our Hawaiian and Pacific Islander youth is shocking. Representative Mark Takai’s staff want information on foster care. And all of the members of our congressional delegation are delighted that Hawaii Youth Services Network is involving youth in making culturally relevant videos aimed at Asian and Pacific Islanders

In June, I visited each of our congressional offices in Washington DC. while attending the State Summit on Reproductive Health. The photo above shows Senator Mazie Hirono studying a map of teen birth rates by school complex in Hawaii.

Lucky we live Hawaii where our Senators and Representatives are as diverse as the population they represent. Overall the U.S. congress is 80% male, 80% white and 85% Christian. Our delegation includes the first Hindu and the first Buddhist in Congress along with a member who is Jewish. We have one of the first 2 female combat veterans. Three out of 4 are full or part Asian. And half of our delegation is female.

Even more importantly, Hawaii’s delegation cares about children and youth. Hawaii tied for first place as “Best Congressional Delegation for Children” in the 2014 ratings by the Children’s Defense Fund. Please share your concerns about children, youth and families with them – They want to hear about your needs and issues.



For teens, texting isn’t a novel form of communication; it’s the default.

Now there is a national crisis intervention hotline using texts – the Crisis Text Line. Most of the testers are teenagers, and since 2013 it has received five million texts.

Up to fifty people, most of them in their late twenties, are available to respond to tests at any given time, depending upon demand, and they can work wherever there’s an in Internet connection.

For more information, go to http://newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/09/r-u


True Colors Fund asked homeless youth service providers about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth they work with, and the information they shared is important to consider as we work to end youth homelessness. This study highlights the need to further understand the differences in experiences between LGBTQ youth and non-LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness, as well as between cisgender LGBQ youth and transgender youth. The data suggest staff training, targeted programming, and an environment of inclusion have helped providers better serve LGBTQ youth.


Thursday, July 23 (5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
Hawaii State Capitol - 1st floor auditorium

Peace Child International and the United Nations Association:Hawai'i-Honolulu invite youth to attend a meeting to explore how youth leaders in Hawai'i can have global impact in creating a better world.

If a student would like to attend, reply to tinamnader@yahoo.com



A no –cost, Maritime Careers Training Program is available for Native Hawaiian women and men. Practical hands-on skills training and experience to jump start a career in a field with thousands of jobs at sea or ashore at home or afar.

To apply:

Review the information at www.Marimed.org. Complete the application form and submit via the options listed on the form. For questions, contact Jodie Yim at 808-235-1074


HAWAII THEATRE | AUGUST 11, 2015 | 8:00 TO 11:00 AM
A workshop for those who work or volunteer in the nonprofit arts & culture field

How can you tell your organization’s story more effectively?
Need guidance on aligning your message and mission?
Want to learn how to win government grant funding for your arts or cultural organization?
How can you build community advocates for your organization and engage grassroots community members for maximum impact?

Five local panelists with broad experience will share their expertise on these topics at this special workshop to help you become a more effective advocate for your culture and the arts organization. This event is open to everyone. If you work or volunteer with nonprofit arts & cultural organizations, this workshop is for you! A light breakfast will be served to get you fueled for this informative program.

Register before July 31 to get the early-bird rates.


Ann Botticelli: How to Tell a Compelling Story
Ann is the Senior Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at Hawaiian Airlines. She has spent two decades as a news reporter in Honolulu, covering business, consumer affairs and state government for KITV-4, KHON-TV and The Honolulu Advertiser.

Donalyn Dela Cruz: PR outreach strategies and Developing Community Partnerships
Donalyn served as the press secretary to U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka and Governor Neil Abercrombie. She was a broadcast journalist at KHON and the public affairs director for the Bishop Museum. She is now the Director of Communications and Community Affairs for the Hawaii State Department of Education.

Olena Heu: How to Use Social Media to Amplify Your Message
Olena is the former "Wake Up 2Day" anchor and currently operates a social media consulting business. She has a master's degree in communications from Hawaii Pacific University.

Jimmy Nelson and Melissa Pavlicek: Strategies and Tips for Gaining Governmental Grant Funding
Jimmy and Melissa are attorneys who have both served as staff members at the Hawaii State Legislature. They are graduates of the William S. Richardson School of Law.

Mahalo to Melissa Pavlicek, volunteer chair of this workshop, and all of the other panelists, each of whom is volunteering his or her time to share their knowledge and support culture and the arts in Hawaii.

For more information please contact Angela Britten at angelabritten@hawaiitheatre.com


The Fourth Annual Pacific Regional Health Summit, hosted by the Pacific Regional Medical Command and the Department of Veteran Affairs is schedule for September 10-11, 2015 at Tripler Hospital.

“The course is designed to bring together individuals from multiple sectors of the behavioral health system- civilian institutions and facilities, DoD, and VA from across the Pacific, to interact, learn, and dialogue.”

CEUs and CMEs are available.

The link to brochure with more information is https://community.apan.org/pac-behavioral-health/default.aspx.


Date:July 10, 2015, Friday
Location:Queens Conference Center at 510 South Beretania Street Honolulu, HI 96813—both face-to-face and by webinar or VTC
Cost:Free of charge
Contact:Camille Cristobal at cuc@hawaii.edu or phone: 627-5246.
Remote:VTC/VCC sites access on the neighbor islands—site selection when you register.
Access:Online access available via Scopia webinar system.
CEUs:CEUs will be available for CSAC (1.5 CEU hours) and NASW (1.0 CEU hour) plus general attendance certificate for all registered attendees.
Power Point:Everyone who registers will get a email copy of the power point and then a certificate of completion once the evaluation feedback is done.
Lunch:No Lunch. Brownbag--bring your own lunch if you like.
Parking:Parking on your own. Parking validate at QCC desk available if parking in POB 1 or 2 only.
Recorded:WEBINAR Training Recording Directions:
Registration Link:http://training10July2015.eventbrite.com

These trainings will be recorded and are available via webinar connection with Scopia. You will link through: http://vtc.tipg.net/. You can get links for Scopia software there .Please click the tab label “Watch Recording” and look for Healthcare Professional Training Program for specific date (MI Part 1 was on July 11, 2014) of desired training with ID: 6015. There you can download the recording by click on the disk icon.


The YWCA of Hawai'i Island, in partnership with Allstate Insurance and the Rotary Club of Hilo Bay is pleased to offer a class for those who want to ease their struggle with their finances or want to learn some tips for understanding credit reports, credit scores and other words that pop up in the course of discussions with banks and creditors.

The class is going to be held on Tuesday, July 14 beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending around 3:00 p.m. and will include lunch.

Call Lorraine Davis at 808-961-3877, ext 162 for more information or if you have any questions.



July 16, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Airport Hotel

Featured Speaker: Colin Kippen
"What's Happening With Homelessness in Hawaii"

HOMELESSNESS IN HAWAII: What are the issues and needs and what can we do about it?
Featuring Colin Kippen, State Homelessness Coordinator

Debut showing of HYSN’s new video on sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention
DVD copies of the video will be available at the meeting – Free!

There will also be a brief business meeting to elect the HYSN Board of Directors

Cost (includes lunch): HYSN member agencies - $20
Other organizations and individuals - $30

To register: Click on this link: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=pfssg