Empowering youth to reach their full potential, sounds great doesn’t it? Well there are groups and organizations out there that really are doing this. Groups that are working together. One such collaboration is between Goodwill Industries of Hawaii (GIH) and 808 Urban.
GIH’s mission is helping people with employment barriers reach their full potential and become self-sufficient - through skill building and job placement. 808 Urban provides youth from low-income families with community arts workshops, opportunities to learn visual arts, music and dance to identify and express their views on issues affecting their lives, and the life and health of the communities they live in.
Sierra Dew, clothing and jewelry designer phenom, met 808 Urban’s director John Hina over a year ago. She was so impressed with his talent and heart for the youth and is now herself a valued 808 Urban mentor. Amanda Corby, public relations powerhouse (owner & creative director of Under My Umbrella, LLC), lends her expertise to the group utilizing her skills, driven by her passion for empowering the youth.
They met with representatives from Goodwill and are planning future partnerships that involve elements of design, the re-use/recycle movement and dream-building. We’ll tell you more as the projects develop. But for now Sierra Dew and Amanda Corby have graciously accepted a donation of sewing notions and fabric for their urban art workshops to build out these programs. The materials were donated to Goodwill by someone who worked at the organization years ago but wishes to remain anonymous.
Both Sierra Dew and Amanda Corby are committed to spread the word about the benefits of donating to and purchasing items from Goodwill Industries of Hawaii. Goodwill is definitely an eco-friendly organization – diverting more than 6 million pounds of goods from Hawaii’s landfills in 2010.
Goodwill Industries of Hawaii and youth programs:
Did you know that Goodwill has a proven and successful track record working with and empowering youth? Here’s one example – Goodwill has developed a curriculum for the Ola I Ka Hana program that serves at-risk youth from low-income families, ages 14-21, who are out of school. Participants receive job readiness training sessions to focus on resume development, job search and interviewing skills, job applications and career interests. Youth also have the opportunity to have mentors, or paid internships through this program.
The Ola I Ka Hana program stresses the value of education and importance of work experience for Hawaii’s youth, and offers free services to at-risk youth. Each participant works with a Youth Specialist to develop an individualized assessment and service strategy, which addresses educational goals, job skills, and employability.
To learn more about how Goodwill empowers our youth and others in the community to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient, visit www.higoodwill.org.