November Newsletter


Andrea Mateo advocates for education as the student member of the State Board of Education.  Emily Guerrero is passionate about preserving a heiau.  And Case McKinley worked to make it easier for persons with disabilities to get driver permits and licenses.  They were the youth panelists at the 23rd Annual Children and Youth Summit on October 7th.

Two hundred youth and youth advocates brainstormed about the needs and issues that our legislature needs to address to make Hawaii a better place to live and work.  Then they worked to narrow the hundred or more ideas down to 5 top priorities.

Envelope please!  This year’s top priorities from the Children and Youth Summit are:

From now through December, there will be follow-up meetings to discuss how these priorities can be turned into legislative bills or resolutions followed by hearings during legislative session in 2017.  I encourage you to get involved; educate our elected officials about your programs and issues; and advocate when and where you can.



This November, Hawai'i Women in Filmmaking will host an Open House every Tuesday for girls, parents, caregivers, teachers, and school officials to learn more about our organization, upcoming filmmaking programs and initiatives for girls (cis, trans, non-conforming youth). Come and join us!!!

Our location: 3167 Wai'alae Avenue Honolulu, HI 96816

Following the open house, HWF will host a movie screening with pizza and popcorn!

Open house hours: from 4:30 to 6:00 pm

Film screening starts at 6:00 pm.

For more information, contact us:

Dates: November 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

Please register online here:


Change a lifetime by getting involved in a child's life...Consider Foster Care!
Families are desperately needed for teens and sibling groups, as well as Native Hawaiian families.
If you are not able to take in a child, there are other ways to get involved!

Learn more about the foster care licensing process and hear from Resource Caregivers and former foster youth. You will also learn about adoption and volunteer opportunities!


Saturday, November 5, 2016
10:00am - 11:30am
Queen Liliuokalani Children's Center - Honolulu
1300 A Halona St.
Honolulu, HI  96817
To reserve your seat, call 441-1117 or go to
to submit online registration.
Webinar access available from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Access Code: 153-936-197

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Inspire Church, Waikele
94-877 Lumiaina St.
Waipahu, HI  96797


Teens say parents most influence their decisions about sex, according to new national survey data released earlier this week by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Teens age 12-19 say parents are more influential than friends, the media, siblings, teachers and educators, and others, according to the representative survey of 3,038 individuals age 12-24. Other survey results include:

View and share infographics from this survey.
View and share infographics from previous National Campaign surveys.


Palolo Elementary School can use volunteers to help tutor our students after school with homework, reading, and math. Many students have been recommended by their teachers or parents that need help with their academics, Many of the students who attend after school tutoring live in Palolo Housing. Volunteers can be retirees, high school, and college students, or even business people who can spare 1 hour/day,week.. Volunteers will need to fill out an application and also will need to attend an orientation. Contact number is: 733-4700.


Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving low- to moderate-income Hawaii residence in various civil legal matters (no criminal matters).  We are able to provide such assistance to those who are unable to afford hiring an attorney on their own by way of a partnership with volunteer lawyers who donate their time through the organization.

We are presenting a Free Pop-Up Legal Advice Clinic at Waianae High School on November 5, 2016. From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. .  At this event, participants will be screened for their legal issue and matched with a volunteer attorney.  Participants are then given 30 to 45 minutes to consult with the volunteer attorney regarding their civil legal matter (Family law, District Court, Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Veterans Benefits)

This event is free to all low and moderate income Hawaii residents and is for legal advice only.  We highly encourage pre-registering so we can appropriately match participants with volunteer attorneys. Walk-ins will be accepted, but there is no guarantee that you will be seen by an attorney. Please call (808) 528-7046 to qualify and reserve a spot. Interpreter Assistance can be arranged.



Presentation & Discussion by:
Gina French, MD, Kapiolani Medical Center
Laurie Jicha, MSW, Hawai‘i Department of Human Services-Child Welfare Services

  November 7, 2016
Salvation Army Family Treatment Services Campus Chapel
845 22nd Avenue, Honolulu

8:30-9:00 Registration and Networking
9:00-11:00 Identification and Diagnosis of Abuse and Neglect
11:00-12:00 Reporting to Child Welfare Services


Training Description:
Children need adults to be their safe havens and protectors, yet 3.2 million children each year are formally reported for child abuse and neglect in the United States alone. Children under 1 have the highest rate of child maltreatment, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Sometimes, we early childhood professionals struggle with recognizing when child abuse or neglect has occurred (especially in very young children) and if or how to make a formal report to child welfare services. This presentation will offer critical information and support regarding child maltreatment in early childhood.


Training Objectives:
Upon completion of this training, participants will:


Gina French is a behavioral and developmental pediatrician with a long history in the field, including serving in the Indian Health Service and as a child abuse specialist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. Laurie Jicha is the Staff Development Specialist with Hawai‘i DHS-Child Welfare Services and has extensive direct service and supervisory experience in child maltreatment assessment, case management, and training.

REGISTRATION: Fee: Member:  $20.00  ||  Member with CEU: $30.00  ||  Non-Member: $30.00  ||  Non-Member with CEU: $40.00. Once you fill out a registration form, please click the link in the registration form to securely pay online through PayPal or mail a check payable to the Hawai‘i Association for Infant Mental Health, 1050 Bishop St. #436 Honolulu, HI 96813. If you have any questions, email Erin Henderson


Registration Link for face-to-face:

Registration for webinar only: 18 2016

Kathryn Braun, DrPH and Noreen Mokuau, Presenters