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Congratulations to our Kapolei Middle School Media Academy for their winning PSA submission to  ‘Ōlelo Community Media’s 2016 Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition titled “Bully Boyfriend”.

Inaugural HiCF Media Academy

We launched our inaugural HiCF Media Academy at Dole Middle School in Kalihi in the Fall of 2013. The program offers an innovative curriculum designed to provide the following knowledge and skills to 6-8th graders:

  • What is advertising?
  • How does advertising affect consumers?
  • Teamwork and collective thinking/brainstorming
  • Comprehension
  • Online Research
  • Creative thinking
  • Video, audio and print editing and production SkillsThe program involves eight (8) Students, one (1) Teacher, two (2) HiCF employees. Students pick relative subject matter from a pre-approved list and create a peer to peer public awareness media campaign designed to promote positive initiatives like healthy lifestyle, good citizenship and anti- bullying. The students then create a multi-media ad campaign using iPads which HiCF has donated. At the conclusion of the session, one of the project campaigns aired on Hawaii radio and television stations and run in Honolulu newspapers.

More about the program…

The Hawaii Children’s Foundation has become a catalyst for bringing the private sector into the public education system to provide Middle School after-school programs. Currently, only 26 of the 52 Middle Schools in the Hawaii Department of Education have such programs. The goal is to expose teachers and students to real business partners by creating after school curriculums that provides students with problem solving and creative thinking skills. After a great deal of research into the after school program need, we are focusing on the 6-8th grade sector and have pointed our first Academy (The Media Academy) in this area, at Dole Intermediate School and have expanded to Kapolei Middle School.

HiCF Media Academy provides to students:
To ensure a robust program, content and objectives from two DOE initiatives:

  1. The Hawaii Content Performance Standards
  2. National Literacy Standards (Developing Communication Skills)

The goal is to provide the students with skills that will help them perform better on state testing, in their personal life and inevitably in their jobs.

HiCF Media Academy provides to public school teachers: Opportunities for them to acquire extra credits, additional income linked to learning new educational skills not taught in college, and real world experience to share with their students.

Videos completed by Dole Middle School students to promote healthy lifestyle!

Music & Technology Today

Finance Academy

Lead to Succeed

Females Empowered

Develops performance skills which entails students to simultaneously perform a separate musical part in real time on different digital instruments via the iPad, thus encouraging group participation while also developing the very basics of music, such as performance, recording, song writing, note reading, theory, instrumentation and more on technology devices.

Using fun, real-world examples, kids get to practice investing—acquiring assets and dealing with the perils of liabilities.  The games introduced are the best way for them to practice character and habits that they’ll use later in life.  This academy is designed to help develop a strong foundation of financial intelligence and encourages kids to use their money wisely.

Based on Napoleon Hill’s Key’s to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal Achievement. This is a practical examination of the seventeen principles of success and how to incorporate them into life.

Artfully and consciously designed to develop self-confidence, leadership, and activism among female participants, via the exploration of gender and cultural identity expectations, and stereotypes on a micro and macro level.