Hoʻōla Nā Pua

October 2016

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Awesome Foundation Oahu October recipient of $1,000 is Hoʻōla Nā Pua  Hoʻōla Nā Pua is a Hawaii-based 501 (c)(3) committed to providing a home designed to meet the unique needs of underage female sex trafficking victims through the utilization of individualized, comprehensive, and restorative therapies. Their mission is the renewal of trafficked lives through health, education, advocacy, and reintegration, and is committed to the healing and empowerment of victims through comprehensive care services. 

Their awesome project is to provide up to 20 girls in Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF) a four-part workshop designed to assist them in successful transition from the correctional facility to long-term placement or reintegration into home and community. The intent is to provide these high risk girls with skills they will need to guide them through life and lead them on a successful track of healthy choices and self-management.

Personal Empowerment Program (PEP) is based on a proven evidence-based curriculum, Skills You Need: Helping You Develop Life Skills, which assists high risk girls with self regulation, problem solving, relationship building, service learning and leadership development. Content curriculum addresses: Looking after your body; rest and sleep; food, diet and nutrition; exercise; doing the right thing; looking after your mind; stress and health; the good and healthy mind; and the power of positive thinking.

Four two-hour workshops will be developed by Hoʻōla Nā Pua Starfish Mentoring Program Director to help develop life skills through fun, experiential and interactive activities designed to develop key physical, mental and emotional habits, skills and maintenance. The workshops held at the HYCF will be broken down as follows:

Session 1: Self-Regulation & Managing Stress Activity - Yoga/Coloring books

Session 2: Fun Health and Safe Exercise Activity - Zumba/Dance exercise

Session 3: Protective Factors and Healthy Mind Activity - Cooking for the brain/Mind body connection

Session 4: Self Care and Health and Hygiene Activity - Hygiene products/Hair/cosmetology/Rest & sleep

Success and outcomes of this program will be measured, qualitatively and quantitatively, with a pre- and post- survey self-evaluating measuring how each girl rates herself (on a scale of 1-10) in the four areas of life skills, prior to the workshops and after completion. Additionally, each girl will be asked to come up with a personal transition plan addressing each session.

This all sounds wonderful but it all costs money.  This is where Awesome comes in. With the $1,000 Hoʻōla Nā Pua will be able to purchase curriculum binders and handouts (20 x $5 = $100), refreshments and snacks (20 x 4 x $5 = 400), instructor fees (4 x $50 x 2ppl = $400), and activity supplies and equipment ($100).

Awesome Foundation Oahu is thrilled to help this much worthy program.  It is our hope that one day human trafficing will not exist but unfortunately today this is not the case.  We are very grateful to Hoʻōla Nā Pua for all they are doing to empower and strengthen our young females and hope for them a bright future.