Learning, Computer and Youth Centers
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Palama Settlement’s learning, computer and youth activity centers provide alternative settings for at-risk youth and community members to enhance their educational and social skills.
Hoopaa Kakou Afterschool Program
Palama Settlement offers an afterschool program, targeted specifically to the low-income and at-risk elementary school students in the Palama area, who have little to no adult supervision at home after-school, need assistance with completing homework assignments, and who present with challenging behaviors that require nurturing and guidance to address. Over the last year of its operation, and since they moved into the space in the Rath Building, they have more than 40 children registered, and regular attendance averages between 8 to 15. Homework completion has increased, behaviors have radically improved, and children are even getting additional education in areas such as geography, American history, reading and writing.
Henry & Colene Wong Computer Center
Our computer center provides technology classes for youth, adults, and senior citizens. Most of the classes are centered around specific literacy curricula provided by a partner non-profit organization, Ohana Komputer, and is built around the Computer Technology Center (CTC) concept. The CTC concept is to provide low income neighborhoods with access to computer technology and an array of resources and training pertinent to the needs of the community. Keyboarding skills, use of publisher software, math and English literacy for youth, internet research, and basic computer skills (e.g. Word, Excel, Power Point, etc), as well as advanced computer literacy skills have been introduced to further engage youth and adults in learning and to provide them with competitive skills for the job market. The CTC is regularly one of the most in-demand areas of our facilities, because most of the youth and many of our adult learners do not have regular access to home computers in their current living situations.
Leland Blackfield Youth Activity Center
The Leland Blackfield Youth Activity Center, opened in 1989 and named in honor of Leland Blackfield, son of William and Cecilia Blackfield, is a place for neighborhood at-risk youth to access a safe and structured environment during their free time. The Center is open every day after school and provides various activities including billiards, games, TV, movie nights, foosball, table tennis, and more. As an alternative setting for at risk-youth and community members to enhance their educational and social skills and to have fun, the Center also provides a safe and nurturing place for kids who live in the Kalihi Palama neighborhood.
In partnership with the University of Hawaii Center for Disabilities Studies, we provide a kindergarten readiness program in the summer for children who have not had the opportunity to attend preschool. The Pre-K ACE Program provides 4 weeks of highly structured periods which include small group interaction, practices with numbers, letters and sounds, story time, and structured indoor and outdoor play. The classroom is a model for the appropriate learning behaviors identified in children who are effective learners and not only prepares children, but prepares parents, caregivers and siblings with hands-on practices for the regular school year.