Recent News

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”.

Progressive After-School Programs

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 provide 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

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:

  • Discerning the difference between advertising and a public service announcement
  • 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 a 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.

Females Empowered

EMPOWERED is artfully and consciously designed to cultivate happiness, resilience, self-compassion, confidence, leadership, and activism among female participants, via the exploration of gender and cultural identity expectations, and stereotypes on a micro and macro level.  

Emotional health is what matters most.  We want girls to prioritize self-care, nourish their most important relationships, and seek support as much as they strive to succeed.  

We are here to help nurture the beliefs they have about themselves as they achieve and fail and the habits and values they develop as a result.  These habits of mind and behavior are being learned by our girls right now.  That is why our intent is to encourage them to do the work of figuring out who and what they want to be and learn the mechanics of how to be an empowered, compassionate critical-thinker establishing healthy habits that last a lifetime.   

We believe girls should be able to succeed without sacrificing themselves.  We owe them the tools to develop a strong sense of self so they can say with conviction, “I am enough, just as I am.”  Their lives will change for the better if we succeed.

Lead to Succeed

Teaching Students 21st Century Leadership and Life Skills

  • Leadership
  • Responsibility
  • Accountability
  • Problem Solving
  • Adaptability
  • Communication
  • Initiative and Self-Direction
  • Creativity
  • Cross-Cultural Skills
  • Teamwork

Based on the classic writings and works of business leaders such as Napoleon Hill and his Key’s to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal Achievement and Steven Covey, best selling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The 7 Habits is a synthesis of universal, timeless principles of personal and interpersonal effectiveness, such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration, and renewal, which are secular in nature and common to all people and cultures.

The life skills taught in this class include critical thinking, goal setting, listening and speaking, self-directed learning, presentation-making and the ability to work in groups.  Thus, providing opportunities for students to develop their full potential.

Jr. DevLeague’s Future Fellowship

The Future Fellows Program is a secondary education career pathway for motivated middle and high school students to get an early entry to a career path in technology and business, through mentorship and curriculum prepared and conducted by professionally trained software developers. The Fellowship is designed to enable middle to high school students to gain exposure, learn and experience the fundamentals of business, computer science and software engineering in an extended project-based environment.

The Future Fellowship is a cutting edge early access workforce development program that provides a targeted learning path for select students who show the motivation, attitude, and aptitude for a career path in software development. Targeted at low-income families without potential means for funding higher education for their keiki, Junior Dev League aims to give underserved students a pathway to careers in Tech. There are two parts to Future Fellows Program: Middle School Program for grades 6, 7 & 8, High School Program for grades 9-12 (not described here)

Applicants consist of qualifying middle students, grades 6, 7 & 8, to be selected through a screening process for acceptance into the program. Once accepted, students receive scholarship funding for ongoing after school and weekend programs through middle school, to prepare them with necessary skills in the field of software development for the subsequent High School Program.

Students will use multiple means to track their progress throughout the program, including the curation of a public portfolio of personal growth and project work that will be distributed to partner sponsors of the program. Throughout the program, students will gain access to special events and speakers from within industry to receive additional mentorship, advice and growth opportunities.