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January/February 2016
First Jobs Academy; Hale Kipa Welcomes 2015-2016 Board;
New Grant Support; School Success Program & Much More!

First Jobs Academy to Launch in Spring 2016

Under a new grant from the Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation to nonprofit youth services organization Kupu Hawaii, Hale Kipa will greatly expand its current Building Your Future job-skills program to enhance connections between youth and employers, as well as job placement, employer training, and job-skills curriculum. Kupu is partnering under the grant with Hale Kipa to provide these services.
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Hale Kipa Welcomes 2015-2016 Board

Hale Kipa is proud to announce its 2015-2016 Board of Directors:

Luke W.T. Yeh,
Chair
Scott W.H. Seu,
Vice Chair
Zachary A. McNish,
Second Vice Chair
Greg J. Sitar,
Treasurer
Susan Y.M. Utsugi,
Secretary
Heidi Cregor,
Past Chair
Chris Deuchar
Galen Haneda
Michael Magaoay
Karen Miller
Richard J. Sakoda
Zadoc W. Brown, Jr.

Neighbor Island Board Liaison

From all of us at Hale Kipa, we send our warmest wishes for the new year. We look forward to sharing our 2015 annual report with you soon and have some exciting projects in the works for 2016. We appreciate your continued support.

Hale Kipa Headlines: Our 45 years are celebrated in a recent “Rearview Mirror” column by Bob Sigall in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Ever wonder how we were founded? How we received one of our very first computers from Steve Jobs at Apple? Read on to find out. Hale Kipa was also featured in the 2015 Pacific Business News Giving Guide.
Hale Kipa Announces
New Grant and Donor Support
We are proud to announce new grants and donors, including the YMCA Health and Wellness Grant, which provides $25,000 for access to YMCA facilities and programs for youth; the Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation Grant, awarded to Kupu Hawaii, which is partnering with Hale Kipa to provide the new First Jobs Academy program; the $5,000 from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation through Sacred Hearts Academy as part of a project to benefit YO!; and the holiday giving donors providing various in-kind and financial gifts from Angel Network Charities, Boys Scouts, Central Pacific Bank, Central Union Church, Dave and Busters, Richard Emery of Hawaii First/Associa, Hale Kealoha, Galen & Lisa Haneda, Innovative Concepts Church, John & Heidi Jancek, Pacific Revival Center, Rainbow Family 808, Sacred Hearts Academy, Steve & Beata Saito, Richard Sakoda, Greg Sitar, St. Clements Church, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Reagan & Dori Tyau, Susan Utsugi, Zorilu Villaman and Friends, Luke W.T. Yeh, YES Hawai‘i. (Read More)
School Success Holds Graduation
 
Hale Kipa’s School Success Program, which assists youth and young adults up to age 22 with GED, credit-recovery and skills-based education, graduated 16 students on Dec. 7, 2015. In just 18 months since launching, it is the program’s second cohort of graduates, following the graduation of nine students in May 2015. In total, 28 students have graduated.

A ceremony was held at Lihue Missionary Church. Fifteen of the 16 graduates were in attendance, all completing Hale Kipa’s Skills Course Program; the remaining student, who graduated with his GED, recently started community college classes in Nevada. (Read More)
Graduates of the School Success Program at Lihue Missionary Church on Dec. 7, 2015. (Photo courtesy Isaiah Alverez, KCC)
Alika Campbell Honored by HRA

Hale Kipa Program Coordinator Alika Campbell was honored at the Hawaii Restaurant Association’s (HRA) first-ever “Holiday for Heroes” event recognizing nonprofit and food industry organizations.

Campbell was recognized for his accomplishments with the YO! (Youth Outreach) program in Waikiki, which has worked since 1989 to provide services to runaway and homeless youth and young adults on Oahu. YO! receives prepared food donations from the nonprofit organization Aloha Harvest, one of its first partners. (Read More)

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Hale Kipa, Inc. is a multi-service, fully accredited 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that specializes in working with at-risk youth and their families. You are receiving this newsletter because you are an important member of the Hale Kipa ohana. We appreciate your continued support.