Dear David . . . The best part of my experience in Hawaii was undoubtedly being able to engage with the girls I worked with one-on-one. While I met with the girls in a group of 10 to run the program every day, I had opportunities to spend time with them individually before and after. I still keep in contact with the majority of the girls through e-mail, and their continued eagerness to discuss some of the very topics we covered in the "Smart Girls" program I ran proves to me the importance of mentorship. I also can't emphasize enough how wonderful the staff the way. They went out of their way to invite me along to do activities with them- trips around the island, picnics, etc. Having done other internships before, I also appreciated how much responsibility they gave me. I was encouraged to design my own program and club activities, not simply instructed what to do. I really think that being able to take such initiative as a college intern is unique.
Travel to the Honolulu, Hawaii to experience living in the Pacific and significantly impact children's lives. The adolescent years of a child's life are invaluable. It is a time in which young adults are able to form their values and personalities, as well as figure out how they fit into the world and gain a sense of what they can contribute. Unfortunately, many children do not have easy access to an environment that fosters their growth. Domestic violence, lower income families, peer pressure, in addition to several other factors, impede a child's self-enhancement, learning, health and self-confidence. Many children in homes stricken with domestic violence witness abuse and suffer secondary psychological effects, including aggressive behavior and depression. Male children who witness abuse are more likely to become abusers themselves as adults, continuing a cycle of violent behavior.
Fortunately there is a nationally-recognized organization that is dedicated to helping adolescents at-risk. With a stable home, after-school programs, and a workforce program, at-risk youth are able to make steps towards developing themselves as individuals and enjoying the benefits of adolescence at the same time.
With positive mentors in their lives, at-risk youth have a model for which to strive. The mentor-youth relationship is a strong and complex one: a relationship in which both mentor and youth grow and learn. Interns will have the opportunity to effect positive change in the lives of troubled young people.
Located in Honolulu, about a mile or so from Waikiki, our at-risk youth internship features one of the most highly regarded youth programs in the islands. Honolulu is one of the world's great melting pots. Here East meets West in the remotest island chain in the world. Alongside the tourist attraction of Waikiki Beach, you have a chance to hike and enjoy the famed Diamond Head Crater. Just fifteen minutes from the ocean, explore verdant rainforest pathways that lead to waterfalls. City life in Honolulu has its own island charm. Experience restaurants from every ethnicity you can imagine amidst the backdrop of a bustling port city.
As an At-Risk Youth Mentor, interns will have an intimate and exceptional perspective into local culture. Children representing nearly every Asian and Pacific culture can be served at the program. In the past, interns have assisted the staff with after school reading programs in which interns design lesson plans based on personal interest and the needs of the children. Accompanying kids on field trips around the city is another important service interns will provide. The staff at the Center encourages original thought on the part of interns and as such, you will be challenged to come up with some of your own original ideas on how to best help the children and adolescents.
The Prevention Programs provide safe, caring, and nurturing environments along with access to opportunities, experiences, and services to support positive youth development and an effort to prevent problem behaviors such as Substance Abuse, Delinquency, Teen Pregnancy, School Drop-out, and Violence. All programs focuses on working with the Community (collaborations, meetings), Schools (referrals, target population, activity collaborations, site-based), family (family strengthening and involvement activities), and the individual (life skill building, educational development, positive activities).
The service activities consist of a comprehensive delivery of community-based outreach, case management, and positive alternative activities for youth ages 7-19, that are conducted and available during and after-school hours, weekends and school intercessions and holidays.
Prevention services include: Positive Youth Development, Tobacco Prevention Program, Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Family Strengthening Programs, Drug and Violence Prevention Program, “METH” Prevention Program, and Substance Abuse Prevention Program. All programs offer life skills development, educational development, mentoring, community service projects, family strengthening, and youth leadership development.
Assist the staff in the following :
Positions available year-round.
Interns must be enthusiastic, hard working, and desire a challenge. This is quite a serious placement requiring stable, mature and committed individuals. Each intern must complete the Criminal History Process, which can be completed before arriving in Hawaii.
Minimum 4-6 weeks
Please submit along with your application a resume or acceptable equivalent, indicating any relevant knowledge or skills. Please also provide a brief essay (one page or less) indicating: the source of your interest in this position, what you hope to contribute to the programs indicated, and what you hope to learn or experience through your internship.