Word on the Street

May, 2015

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Awesome Foundation Oahu Chapter is proud to announce our May, 2015 receipient of $1,000, WORD ON THE STREET (WOTS)! WOTS is a social entrepreneurship designed to empower the houseless in Honolulu by giving them a voice, skills, and the financial means to escape the difficulties tied to being houseless. 

How does it work? Houseless vendors buy the WOTS magazine for $.50 and sell it for a suggested donation of $2.95, and all proceeds go to the vendors. The houseless vendors have the opportunity to build their own future via their magazine sales and a related training course, which has the postitive effects of giving them much needed income, entrepreneurial skills, motivation to stay clean from drinking and drugs, discipline and a boost in morale.  

The WOTS magazine is created by a core team of six volunteers with extensive experience in journalism, marketing, psychology and working with the houseless in Honolulu. The magazine has already been designed, mapped out vending districts, and have over 60 people who pledged to buy the first issue.  WOTS is based upon a successful model that has been implemented in many other cities and serves as an effective tool to mitigate houselessness.  Word on the Street has the potential to create hundreds of jobs for the Honolulu houseless, invigorate the disadvantaged and strenthen our community's health.

WOTS will use the $1,000 from AWESOME to print the first issue of the magazine. 

Awesome Foundation Oahu is proud to help put the wheels in motion to assist those in need and hopefully have a second chance at life.