The Hawaii Pacific Foundation's activities revolve around ensuring that we create educational opportunity for Native Hawaiian's. This includes donating to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs such as the Hawaii National Guard Youth Challenge Program, The Department of Defense's STARBASE and providing support to the University of Hawai'i Education Pathway and College of Social Work programs.
Investing In Future Leaders
Presenting a check to Dr. Noreen Mokuau of the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, University of Hawai’i. We are especially excited for the opportunity to be a part a special effort on the part of the University of Hawai’I to actively invest and develop Hawaii’s community leaders. This is an investment in Hawai’i’s future and can serve as an inspiration of colleges and universities to do the same!
DoD STARBASE focuses on elementary students, primarily fifth graders. The goal is to motivate them to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as they continue their education. The academies serve students that are historically under-represented in STEM. Students who live in inner cities or rural locations, those who are socio-economically disadvantaged, low in academic performance or have a disability are in the target group. The program encourages students to set goals and achieve them.
Presenting the Hawaii Youth Challenge Academy (HYCA) Foundation Board Chairman with a check for $25,000.00. The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is a community-based program that leads, trains and mentors 16-18 year old youth so that they may become productive citizens in America’s future.
This award-winning program has been recognized as one of the nation’s most effective and cost efficient programs for targeting youth who are at the greatest risk for substance abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquency, and criminal activity.
HYCA has graduated over 5,000 students to date and awarded over 3,800 academic credentials.
See www. http://dod.hawaii.gov/yca/ for more about this impactful program.
This educational “Grow-Our-Own” pathway is a comprehensive effort to alleviate teacher shortages that have plagued West O’ahu for many years. Teacher retention continues to be a significant issue facing schools in West O’ahu. The pathway program’s goals include increasing the number of students from West Oʻahu entering the field of education, expanding the number of students at UH West Oʻahu pursuing a teaching degree, and increasing the number of UH West Oʻahu graduates teaching at area schools. The Hawaii-Pacific Foundation is proud to support this effort by the University of Hawai'i and will continue to do o in the future.