Patricia Baroody found her love for working with at-risk youth and young adults during several internships with her university’s criminal justice degree program.
“I was working with child abuse victims and domestic violence victims, and I saw the difference that one person can make in their lives,” she said. “I wanted to start helping people in a prevention role – redirecting them before they get involved with the criminal justice system.”
Patricia recently joined Hale Kipa as the program coordinator of the Independent Living and Imua Kākou programs, taking over the position from Michelle Kinimaka, who moved to Kansas following her 27-year career.
“Hale Kipa has an excellent reputation throughout Hawaii, and I kept crossing paths with its staff in my work in the community,” Patricia said. “I am looking forward to continuing my work with at-risk children and families, with a particular interest in early treatment, intervention, and creating long-term positive change.”
Patricia has worked with service agencies on Oahu for 9 years, including Care Hawaii, Inc., Parents and Children Together, and at Kahi Mohala as a mental health specialist on the child and adolescent units. Her background also includes work with a variety of children’s treatment, family support and education programs on the mainland.
In her current role, Patricia oversees 12 staff working with 200 youth in the Independent Living program (ILP), which provides outreach services and some residential programs for youth who are in or transitioning out of foster care; and Imua Kākou, a voluntary program that provides support to former foster youth between the ages of 18 and 21 years old.
She is already working on new initiatives, like establishing additional group sessions with youth to address specific needs, like parenting, independent living skills, and health and fitness.
Patricia was raised in the Carolinas and Georgia. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in sociology with a dual minor in early childhood development and psychology, and holds a Master of Criminal Justice Degree with a juvenile focus, both from the from the University of South Carolina. She is certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention, and holds a Drug and Addition Studies Certificate from the University of South Carolina.
Patricia lives with her husband in West Oahu and enjoys real estate and home renovation projects; riding motorcycles and spending time outdoors.
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