May Newsletter


"I am perfect just as I am." Jasmine, a young adult with Down Syndrome read this line and smiled as she auditioned for HYSN’s bullying prevention video and PSA. One entire family came in to audition together because one of their children had been bullied at school. They and the many other youth and adults who make up the cast and crew are proud to be giving back to their community, and excited about being part of a real video.

For the past year, HYSN has worked with the Honolulu County Department of Parks and Recreation to establish a comprehensive bullying prevention initiative. We’ve done training of trainers on bullying with 40 Parks Dept. staff and worked with them to train more than 350 Summer Fun Program Aids on bullying prevention.

We received feedback that a video clip used in training was not providing the key messages we wanted to convey, and it was not a good fit for Hawaii’s culture. That’s why we decided to create our own video with funding and support from Na Lei Aloha Foundation, Atherton Family Foundation, and Project Laulima of the Department of Health.

The video will show how bullying negatively affects both victims and bullies. It will help viewers understand that individuals who participate in bullying may also be victims themselves. It will promote discussion about how to resolve disputes in positive ways.

When completed, we’ll make these materials available to all of you to support your efforts to prevent bullying and promote positive youth development. Looking forward to sharing this new video with you soon.



Independent Sector has announced that the 2015 estimate for the value of a volunteer hour is $23.56 – more than a $1 increase from 2013 and up more than 2 percent from the previous year. The value of volunteer time provides one measure of the impact that millions of individuals make with each hour they dedicate to making a difference.

According to data from the Corporation for National and Community Service, about 62.8 million Americans, or 25.3 percent of the adult population, contributed 7.9 billion hours of service in 2014. Religious organizations were cited as the type of organization that volunteers worked in the most (33%), followed by educational or youth service (26%) and social or community service organizations (14.8%). The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data show nonprofits employ approximately 11.4 million workers — about 10.3 percent of the American private sector employment — and account for about 5.4 percent of GDP.


The ACLU of Hawai‘i Foundation has released the latest in its series of “know your rights” guides, this one focused on homeless individuals in Honolulu affected by the city’s enforcement of the stored property and sidewalk nuisance ordinances.

The online guide, found at, spells out a person’s right to retrieve property before a sweep begins, what items the city must store (or not) and how to reclaim property later. It also provides detailed information about Oahu shelters; how to replace lost IDs and other important documents; how to register to vote (a fixed address is not required); exemptions to Oahu’s sit-lie law (“expressive activity” is allowed, for example); the definition of a tent (must have more than one wall); and varying rules and enforcement depending on whether a property is run by the city, state, federal government or some other entity, among many other facts.


Report: Are Homeless Families Connected to the Social Safety Net?
A new research brief published by the Administration for Children and Families' Office of Research, Planning and Evaluation examines whether families experiencing homelessness are connected to the benefits and services of the social safety net. To read the full report, please click here.

Resource: Supporting Homeless Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth
This one-pager published by the National Alliance to End Homelessness highlights ways that agencies and individuals can support transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Click here to access this resource.



May 13 from 12:00 -1:30 pm
Queen Conference Center
Also available as a webinar

Trainer: Ryan Lee, MD-Director of Medical Research at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Honolulu. Dr. Lee is the current President of Autism Society of Hawai'i.

Understand aspects of autism, early interventions, and what resources and supportive organizations are available.

For further information contact: Camille Cristobal at or phone: 627-5246.
Registration Link:


KONA: Wednesday, May 11, 10am-1pm, Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center, Kona
HILO: Thursday, May 12, 10am-1pm, Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center, Hilo
KAUAI: Monday, May 16, 10am-1pm, Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center, Lihue

Workshop cost: $100 (plus general excise tax & online registration fee)
Registration may be transferred. Refund may be requested up to one week prior.

The workshop will be led by Dr. Linda Axtell-Thompson, ethics and strategy consultant with Axtell Consulting LLC. She is an adjunct faculty member at Chaminade University of Honolulu and the University of Hawaii West Oahu. Her more than 30 years of professional experience in the Hawaii nonprofit sector include strong emphasis in ethical issues of aging, dementia, end-of-life care, and the intersect of professional ethics and personal values.

This workshop will make you familiar with ethical theories and guidelines, federal and state laws and regulations, key ethical issues in social work, and NASW resources. Upon completion, you will receive your CE certificate (3 ethics CEUs), meeting the social work ethics continuing education requirement for license renewal. The CEUs are approved by NASW Hawaii Chapter, and the workshops are hosted by Chaminade University of Honolulu and Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Centers. For more information email


Organized by Hawaii Women in Filmmaking

Basic Reel June 27 – July 2
Storytelling, storyboarding, scriptwriting, use of professional camera, lighting, audio and editing.

Advanced July 11 -16
Ideas will be pitched at the first session and the best four will be selected and produced during the camp.

2 D Animation July 18-22
Develop stories and images through drawing to create original animated films.

Stop Motion July 25- 29

Develop stories and images that use paint, clay, puppets, objects or people animated directly in front of a camera to create original animated films.

For more information and registration:
Deadline to register:May 20



Mental Health America of Hawaii
May 17 luncheon

Keith Kuboyama will be honored as this year's Outstanding Community Leader at the May 17 Awards luncheon at the Ala Moana Hotel.

He is the Executive Vice President of Program and Clinical Services for Family Programs Hawaii.

In addition to his leadership at Family Programs, he is recognized for his passion and commitment to helping children overcome trauma and build resilience through strong relationships with their caregivers.