January Newsletter


ALEX WADE served as the HYSN Evaluator for 7 years, worked on managing our runaway and homeless youth grants, and was our newsletter editor for the past 4 years.  She helped us survive the reporting requirements of our federal funders, and document the positive outcomes from our programs. Funding and program changes led to her departure at the end of December.  Alex was known for her homemade mango chutney and her outstanding lemon bars.  She’s currently in Milwaukee visiting her 4 grandchildren.

After 2 years at HYSN, JENNIFER FONSECA, Administrative Assistant, is moving over to coordinate community education programs for the Sex Abuse Treatment Center. She has organized our membership/networking meetings and trainings, while serving as a trainer herself on trauma-informed care.  We expect her to continue to be an active HYSN member in her new position.

Many of you will remember REGINA TORRES (now Regina Torres Jacobs), HYSN’s Office Manager for many years.  Regina has returned to HYSN to take over the position of Administrative Assistant.  You can contact her at regina@hysn.org.

HYSN also lost a member of the Board of Directors in December.  JILL MATRO is leaving Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii to work in the for-profit sector.  Paulette Bethel, President and CEO of Family Programs Hawaii will take over as Vice President of the HYSN Board.

Much aloha to our outgoing staff  and Board member – You will be greatly missed.  Welcome back Regina.


6 Questions to Identify Youth at Highest Risk of Long-Term Homelessness

"Jeanine" had been living on the streets for more than four years when she came to Northwest Youth Services in Bellingham, Washington. She had gotten involved with gangs and drugs at a young age, witnessed violence, run away from home, and spent time in jail.

Someone in her situation would score four out of six points on the Transition Age Youth, or TAY, triage tool, a new questionnaire NWYS is piloting to determine which youth are most at risk of long-term homelessness without intervention.

Developed by Eric Rice, associate professor at the University of Southern California School of Social Work, the tool uses a welcoming, conversational tone to assess for six experiences that Rice and his colleagues have found are strongly linked to long-term homelessness:

Young people who score a four, five, or six on the questionnaire are considered to be most at-risk of staying homeless. According to Rice, each situation carries about equal weight in the way it influences young people's lives. Specifically, youth are "about two times more likely to remain homeless for five or more years if any one of those key events happens to [them]," he says.

For information: http://ncfy.acf.hhs.gov/news/2015/06/6-questions-identify-youth-highest-risk-long-term-homelessness

Hawaii Online Pro Bono (HOP)

Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaii is proud to roll out a new program called Hawaii Online Pro Bono (HOP) aimed at assisting low-income households with the opportunity to ask a legal question by one of their volunteer attorneys.  Check out their website here for more information about this great opportunity!


Take a Stand, Lend a Hand, HYSN’s bullying prevention video, and accompanying discussion/resource guide are now posted on our web site (https://www.hysn.org/bullying.php) for youth workers and educators to use.

Hawaii Youth Services Network (HYSN) has created a culturally relevant bullying prevention video designed for use in Hawaii and other Pacific Island cultures. Take a Stand Lend a Hand shows episodes of bullying in a school classroom and cafeteria, and models ways that youth and adults can help. At the same time, it helps viewers understand that bullies can also be victims, and that all parties involved in a bullying incident need help and support.


Free kidney function testing (Please RSVP to Melissa Guzman at melissa@kidneyhi.org or phone 589-5903.

Also featuring educational booths, whole foods, blood drive by Blood Bank of Hawaii, Arthritis Foundation, and 30+ other health organizations.

Sunday, January 15, 2017
651 Ilalo St., Honolulu
11:30 - 3:30


The Community Mobilization Game: Engagement and Mobilization FUNdamentals

DATE:  Thursday, January 12, 2017
TIME:  10am - 4pm
WHERE:  Airport Honolulu Hotel
3401 N Nimitz Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96819
(808) 836-0661

The Community Engagement & Mobilization Game is a highly interactive, gently competitive, and fun simulation activity to teach common skills and strategies for effective community engagement and mobilization developed by Dr. Tom Klaus.  (Trainer bio below)

The purpose of the game is to teach the fundamentals of community engagement and mobilization through a live demonstration of its core principles. The game will be interspersed with learning modules and discussions to help participants more clearly observe the principles and strategies that are emerging in the game.

Participants in the game have given it very high marks. Here are just a few of their comments:

Come, join the fun, AND be prepared to learn together!  

Target Audience: Any community members or organizational staff interested in learning more about community engagement and mobilization.

Cost: $25 for HYSN members.  $50 for non-members.  Lunch is included.

If you would like to attend, please click on link below to register: https://www.eventzilla.net/web/event/community-mobilization-2138866514

Deadline to register is January 4.  HYSN will provide airfare for 1 staff of active member agencies to attend this training.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Fonseca at jennifer@hysn.org or (808) 489-9549 x 2.

Cancellation Policy: A cancellation fee of registration amount will be charged for any cancellations within 5 business days of training date or no-shows.

Dr. Tom Klaus is a practitioner, academic, and researcher with extensive experience in children's charity, advocacy, adolescent sexual health, and faith community organizations. His expertise includes program development, testing, and replication; community engagement; coalition, collaboration, and partnership building and management; program and organizational sustainability; leadership and board development; nonprofit organizational analysis; strategy planning and nonprofit strategic management; strategic controversy management; qualitative research; and the emerging social change framework popularly known as "Collective Impact."

Dr. Tom Klaus has managed the creation, development and testing of the Roots to Fruit of Sustainable Community Change model (R2F) with a colleague, Dr. Ed Saunders, from the University of Iowa School of Social Work. The R2F model integrates the Collective Impact Five Conditions with other salient theoretical frameworks to describe a community ecosystem for producing long-term, measurable change through community engagement.

Register to our filmmaking programs for girls!

Starting in January, we are offering a new round of our filmmaking programs for girls.
Limited seating, apply soon! Deadline December 20, 2016

BASIC REEL | January 2-7, 2017 (Monday to Saturday) ~ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
At the Basic Reel, you will learn storytelling, storyboarding, scriptwriting, use of professional camera, lighting, audio, and editing. Working in small production teams with a mentor, you will produce a short video, and so learn the skills to create your own media.
To register: http://bit.ly/RegisterREEL2017

2 D ANIMATION | January 14, 21, & 28, 2017 (Saturdays) ~ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Discover the magic of bringing your artwork to life! Express yourself through the art of drawn animation. Develop stories and images through drawing to create original animated films. You will explore the world of 2-d animation by viewing great works, learning basic animation techniques and making your own drawings come alive.
To register: http://bit.ly/RegisterREEL2017

STOP MOTION | January 14, 21, & 28, 2017 (Saturdays) ~ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Develop stories and images that use paint, clay, puppets, objects or people animated directly in front of a camera to create original animated films. You will explore the world of stop motion animation by viewing inspiring works, learning basic stop motion animation techniques and developing original material in a fun and supportive environment.
To register: http://bit.ly/RegisterREEL2017

MAKING MEDIA THAT MATTERS | January 27 - April 28, 2017 (Fridays) ~ From 4 to 7 pm
Making Media That Matters is a program for girls in which participants develop film and critical-thinking skills by examining issues in their communities. The program provides a platform for girls to tell their stories and be agents of social change through film. Making Media That Matters is filmmaking for civic engagement and social justice.
To register: http://bit.ly/MMTM2017