Volunteer Facilitators Needed for College & Career Readiness Program in Nānākuli – Deadline Dec, 28

OhanaIke2The wa‘a serves as a metaphor in the journey our students and parents will take in the college-going process.

Community volunteers are needed to serve as facilitators for a new college readiness program called ‘Ohana ‘Ike (knowledge of the family).

‘Ohana ‘Ike was launched through a partnership between Kamehameha Schools, NHIS, the NHIS Alumni Association and Leeward Community College – Wai‘anae. It is a family college and career planning program that uses the steps taken in building a wa‘a (canoe) and applies a similar concept to college and career readiness planning from grades 7 through 12.

The curriculum illustrates how our kūpuna Hawai‘i (Hawaiian elders) mastered their environment and their resources and use their knowledge and skills in today’s world to prepare ‘ōpio (youth) for higher education and competition in the 21st century global economy.

“‘Ohana ‘Ike honors the wealth of knowledge and resources that our families possess and affirms that our parents/caregivers are the most significant teachers for our haumāna (students) throughout their lifespan,” said Andrea Dias, program manager for Kamehameha Schools’ Career and Post High Counseling and Guidance department.

The goals of the program include increasing family and student expectations to continue their education after high school, increasing knowledge of and skills to complete the college planning process and increasing the number of students that are admitted into the post-high institution of their choice.  

“The wa‘a symbolizes the way-finding vessel that will protect and transport our ‘ohana on their journey of ‘imi na‘auao, life-long learning,” continued Dias. “By preparing their wa‘a properly and deliberately, an ‘ohana’s journey of continued education after high school will provide intergenerational benefits and sustainability for themselves, their ‘ohana and their lāhui.”

Workshops for the upcoming Spring semester will take place during evenings and weekends. In order to serve as a facilitator, you are/will:

  • Complete the NHIS Volunteer Application and receive verification as an NHIS volunteer. Visit http://helphawaiischools.com and register as a volunteer
  • Working on or completed some form of post-high education (2 yr., 4 yr., vocational)
  • Community minded – knowledgeable about Nānākuli and the community
  • Able to bridge school and community values
  • Attend an orientation
  • Attend a facilitator training
  • Able to facilitate content without sharing personal opinion(s) and testimonials
  • Have a current TB clearance

The deadline for signing up as a facilitator is Friday, December 28, 2012. A Facilitators Retreat will take place at Camp Timberline from January 18-21. The workshops will be delivered from February-April 2013. A PDF with more information on the programs timing is available below.

“‘Ohana ‘Ike is a village of resources to nurture our students and parents in college and career readiness, providing the opportunities for them to make choices for life after high school,” said NHIS coordinator Charlita Mahoe. “It is our kuleana to kōkua and support our students at NHIS and this is a small way to do so.”

For additional information or if you have questions about serving as a volunteer for the ‘Ohana ‘Ike program, contact program coordinator Christy Sato at chsato@ksbe.edu. Additional information about the program can be found on the Ka Pua Initiative website at www.ksbe.edu/kapua.

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