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Youth and family financial education program; curriculum developed in partnership with low- and moderate-income communities in Hawaii; Statewide Youth Financial Education Initiative; 36 …

Youth and family financial education program; curriculum developed in partnership with low- and moderate-income communities in Hawaii; Statewide Youth Financial Education Initiative; 36 community-based partners

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  • 1. Kahua Waiwai, Opio Edition Building a Foundation of Wealth
  • 2. Hawaiian Community Assets
    • Nonprofit Founded by Hawaiians in 2000
      • Originated on the Island of Maui
      • Today, Statewide Offices
    • 5 Board of Directors, 12 full-time staff
      • Statewide Representation
    • Our Mission:
      • To build capacity of low and moderate income communities to achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency with a particular focus on Native Hawaiians.
  • 3. 2 Primary Programs Areas Hawaiian Community Assets Financial Literacy Services Hawaiian Community Lending Homebuyer Education One-on-One Counseling (Foreclosure Prevention) Youth Financial Education Loan Origination As a Broker Loan Packaging Down Payment Assistance Programs
  • 4. Why Kahua Waiwai?
    • Calls from community
    • Alarming Statistics
      • #1 reason for divorce = financial stress
      • Lowest savings rate in US history
      • 96% increase in BK for youth ages 18-26 over last 10 years
      • More students drop out of college due to financial reasons than academic failure
    • Economic Realities
  • 5. Partners
    • Administration for Native Americans
    • State Department of Human Services
    • Office of Hawaiian Affairs
    • Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
    • YouthVision
  • 6. Developed for & by Community
    • 4 focus groups with 35 participants statewide
    • 20 surveys from Home Buyer Education workshop attendees and community organizations
    • 5 workshops with 74 youth
    • 7 teenagers from YouthVision
  • 7. YouthVision Hawaii
    • Youth-led project
    • Design
    • Layout
    • Illustrations
  • 8.  
  • 9. Kahua Waiwai NOW
    • Promotes wise financial decision making &
    • strong local economy
    • Compares Traditional & Modern Hawaii
      • Conservation over consumption
      • Community well-being over personal wealth
    • Lays foundation for future successes
    • Addresses alarming statistics & stories
    • Jump$tart & Hawaii DOE standards met
  • 10. Results
    • Over 434 Hawaii teenagers served
    • 15 youth graduates
    • Free statewide workshops provided by HCA and 20 partner organizations
    • Trained 72 trainers
    • Statewide collaborative of 36 community-based, financial, and educational organizations
  • 11. Collaborative Members
    • Public & Charter Schools – Connections, Kanu O Ka Aina, Hilo High School
    • Family Services – Kokua Kalihi Valley, Susannah Wesley, Palama Settlement
    • Leadership – Ma`o Farms, KEY Project, Kula No Na Poe Hawaii, Maku`u Farmers Corp
    • Career – Waianae Comp Health Center
    • Special Needs – Hoomana Inc
    • Govt – Honolulu County Family Self-Sufficiency Program
  • 12. Approach Train-the- Trainer Sessions Family Collaborative Partner Workshops Media Community Partnerships HCA Workshops Youth Financial Education
  • 13. Approach
    • HCA Workshops: HCA works with community to provide youth financial education workshops at no-cost to participants
    • Train-the-Trainer Sessions: HCA trains collaborative partner organizations on how to implement and deliver a youth financial education program using Kahua Waiwai
    • Family: Nonthreatening education on family finance
    • Collaborative Partners Workshops: Free workshops held in communities statewide
    • Media: HCA develops press releases, PSAs, and more to promote youth financial education efforts
    • Community Partnerships: Businesses, credit unions, DOE PCNC
  • 14. Where do you fit? How do we partner? What’s our next step?
  • 15. Contact Information
    • Jeff Gilbreath
    • HCA Program Coordinator
    • 587-7653
    • [email_address]