Aloha MAP: Meritorious Achievement Program
Provides after school, intersession break and summer enrichment activities for students at nine (9) West Hawaiʻi public schools under a 3-year grant funded by the Native Hawaiian Education Act via the U.S. Department of Education.
Provides hands on STEAM exploration activities for children ages 7 and older. Participants are encouraged to become inventors rather than consumers, to practice gracious professionalism when working with others and to be inspired to engage in life long learning.
Fosters and develops high quality environmental education programs for formal and informal educators throughout the State by forming relationships and enhancing professionalism to engage diverse cultures about environmental issues in Hawai’i.
Hōkupa‘a Youth Impact Initiative
Works with 19 West Hawaii public schools to support schools and connect community to empower and increase the personal, educational, and economic success of youth ages 11 to 25. Among the collaborative partners are University of Hawaii at Hilo and Palamanui, Kamehameha Schools, State Department of Education, and West Hawai’i Community Health Center.
Learning 2 Thrive
Modeled after the Aspen Instituteʻs 2-Gen approach, Learning 2 Thrive is based in Kō Education Center in Honokaa, and provides a welcoming environment for student-parents and their ʻohana to thrive as they reach their educational and long term goals.
Early Childhood Education Career Pathways
A partnership among the DOEʻs early learning academy, Hawaii Community College at Hilo (HCC) and Friends of the Future to support high school students pursuing a Childcare Development Associate (CDA) credential and Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certificate of Competence. The program will provide (1) workforce development opportunities, (2) build capacity for the HCC ECE teacher training program, and (3) proactively address the growing need for professional early childhood educators.