Hale Kipa, Inc. is developing a new school-based Hawaii Advocate Program (HAP) to help youth at risk of suspension, alienation, failing or falling behind in school excel academically and personally.
Funded by the City and County of Honolulu, the new HAP School-Based is an extension of Hale Kipa’s HAP services, which has prevented out-of-home placement of youth into the child welfare and juvenile justice systems and assisted youth from the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility transition back into the community. The new program is expected to assist over 100 youth at the following four Oahu public high schools: Farrington, Kapolei, Campbell and Leilehua.
Working with high school counselors and staff as well as youth’s families, Hale Kipa will create individualized service plans and monitor youth’s progress. Depending upon a youth’s needs and goals, services will include a case assessment, educational assistance, career planning, life skills development, linkages to community resources, and supplementary prevention and intervention services to address social issues outside of the classroom that are hampering a youth’s education. For example, a youth may be referred to other specialized Hale Kipa programs for pregnancy prevention, mental health therapy, and conflict resolution.
“The new HAP School-Based provides the critical services at-risk youth require that the participating public high schools currently need for additional support,” said Jaque Kelley-Uyeoka, Deputy CEO. “Using a multi-faceted approach, we look forward to working with school staff to improve at-risk youth’s academic performance. We are optimistic our combined efforts will make a meaningful impact.”
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