Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Prevention
In-school classes/workshops and after-school activities for youth in grades 6-8 that give young people a chance to develop peer support from friendships made in a positive environment. This helps them stay on track and reduces the likelihood that they will later engage in dangerous and unhealthy activities. Read more
Examples of after-school activities are journal-writing, beach clean-ups, community-service projects and trips to museums, the aquarium, ziplining, stand-up paddling, the Hawaiian Cultural Program at the Maui Tropical Plantation, etc.
Call 808-579-8414, ext. 8211 for more information.
Free after-school activities for students in grades 6-8 at Kalama Intermediate and Maui Waena Intermediate that promote positive youth development and empowerment through evidence-based, experiential learning. The program incorporates outdoor adventures and challenges and actively engages youth in developing life-skills while reinforcing values such as family, community, service and appreciation for the natural world. Read more
The program is available for FREE thanks to funding from the Hawaii State Department of Health’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) and support from the community.
Call 808-579-8414, ext. 8201 for more information or click here to learn more about Project Venture.
24-hour care in a safe, family-based setting for 10-17 year-olds who need a temporary alternative to home. Youth can find the stability and security they need to address their problems so they can reconnect with their family and the community. Read more
Qualified youth are in a crisis situation, either because they have run away from home or are at risk of running away, are in need of supervision, have been forced to leave their homes by their families or have no home to return to. Potential Emergency Shelter clients can be identified by the Department of Human Services, the Judiciary or through self-referral. Foster parents are thoroughly trained by our staff and our counselors provide assessment, counseling (individual, crisis and family), referrals and service planning.
Call the 24-Hour Emergency Shelter Hotline at 808-579-8406 to access services.
Therapeutic home atmosphere for youth ages 10-17 with mental health needs and/or who are experiencing difficulties socially, behaviorally and/or academically. The program helps individuals who are not able to receive care in their own home but are able to achieve stability and growth in a caring atmosphere where they can receive parental supervision, guidance and support. Read more
Therapeutic Foster Care parents are trained to provide positive behavioral support aimed at improving young people’s ability to cope with daily stressors, manage emotions and strengthen family relationships. Active participation and input of parents, guardians and clients in the treatment process is essential to program success. MYFS is a licensed Child Placing Organization that recruits and licenses our own foster parents with approval from the Hawaii Department of Human Services. Click here
for more details.
Or contact Susan at 808-579-8414, ext. 8211 for more information.
Are you interested in becoming a Therapeutic Foster Care parent or want to learn more about what that means? Call Susan at 808-579-8414, ext. 8211. Foster parents receive initial and ongoing training, a monetary stipend and 24-hour support.
Independent Living Program
Support for youth who have aged out of the foster care system and help with developing and achieving educational and employment goals as well as accessing needed community resources. These resources may be related to healthcare, housing or other social service needs. Our counselors help young adults acquire the skills they need to live successful and independent lives. Read more
Individuals must be referred by Hawaii’s Department of Human Services’ (Child Welfare Services) — call 855-643-1643 to learn about obtaining a referral. Or contact MYFS Clinical Director Susan Pirsch at 808-579-8414, ext. 8211 for more information.
If you meet the following criteria:
Are between the ages of 18 and 21 AND
Were under permanent or foster care at the time you turned 18 OR
Were placed in a legal guardianship or adopted at the time you turned 16,
You are eligible for the Imua Kakou Program. Contact Imua Kakou Case Manager Eva at 808-579-8414, ext. 8205 for more information.
Transitional Living Program
Support, direction and assistance to homeless youth (ages 16-21) in the community so they can become successful young adults. Counselors help with finding safe and stable housing as well as connecting with community resources (Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center, Family Life Center, etc.), exploring and developing educational and employment goals, accessing health/dental insurance, finding a job, learning budgeting and financial skills, etc. Read more
And perhaps, most importantly, our counselors are there whenever someone needs help or just a person to listen.
Call 808-579-8414, ext. 8211 for more information.
If you work in a school, law enforcement or a community agency, or are just a concerned citizen, and you think someone may benefit from our services, don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or to make a referral.