August 13, 2012
A terrific agency which started out in the 1960's as HeadStart Program now provides services for HeadStart and Early HeadStart families across the comjunities in Hawaii. It is one of the leaders in Domestic Viiolence Preventio and Intervention and runs a Women's shelter as well as a transitional facility for women emerging from abusive situations. Its Family Center Programs provide assessment and referral services for families and includes a variety of activities to engage youth in family strengthening and family growth. Its Economic Development Program helps families make the transition from welfare to work. Computer literacy, partnership with employeers, work and language skills are all a part of the workforce development activities of the Economic Development Center. Finally it was a leader in the healthy Staart Program which has since been abandoned by the state. Its Teen Program redirects the energy of adolescents toward productive outcomes, partnering with the police department to conduct a martial arts program afterschool actiivites and provides scholarhsip assistance for students who quaify for education at a private instittuion.
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