College Camp Mentoring
College students plan and execute learning opportunities as well as provide support systems to high school students from under-served communities. Participants from this program gain friends from all walks of life, greater self-confidence, greater outlook on their future, and are more knowledgeable about applying for and attending college.
College students visit local Y programs and run activities highlighting the importance of conservation. Our environmentally focused program helps students learn about native Hawaiian culture and practices, living sustainably, and the importance of community service and collaboration.
"I became more confident." - Girl Power participant
The Girl Power Program is a program that creates a safe and open environment to help middle school girls discover their passions, strengthen their friendships, and feel empowered to tackle what life throws at them. Led by college mentors, this program focuses on developing a positive self-image, awareness of social media, and awareness of social pressures and its effects on health.
We hold Girl Power at the Kaimuki, Kalihi, and Nu`uanu YMCA middle school after-school programs.
Keiki Outreach Initiative
The Keiki Outreach Initative (KOI) is dedicated to tutoring and providing healthy activities for houseless children currently living at the Institute for Human Services.
KOI participants organize educational lessons, games and activities for the children and help them learn in a safe space. The main goal of KOI is to impact and learn from those less fortunate and to share the values of respect, responsibility, caring and honesty with others.
100% of participants surveyed felt that the program made them excited about the future and that they feel safe at program.
"Giving a child the confidence to succeed in school is a big
deal to me. The youth of today will have a huge role in determining our
future and their education matters." - Y Tutors volunteer
Y Tutors is a student-led, volunteer tutoring program. Participants devote one day a week to tutoring elementary aged students in a YMCA of Honolulu after school program in the Honolulu district. All schools are conveniently located near the University of Hawaii at Manoa and accessible to students without a car.
Students tutor in math, English, science, and history as well as promote healthy living, social responsibility and youth development. Tutoring sessions usually run from 2:30pm - 3:30pm.