Become a member of Palama Settlement’s youth program and enjoy free activities including participation in the Leland Blackfield Youth Activity Center, the Henry & Colene Wong Computer Center, the Cecilia Blackfield Academic Center, the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Gymnasium, and the pool.
To join is easy and free, just complete the membership form. Youth who have already submitted a registration form for any Palama Settlement program are already members (this includes: Pakolea Program, Swim Academy, and other youth activities and programs).
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The LBYAC, aka The Gameroom, is a safe-haven for kids ages 9-17, where they can play video games, billiards, air hockey, board games, watch television and movies, and read books. Recurring activities include movie nights and birthday celebrations.
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.
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.
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.
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