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Maui Youth & Family Services’ Project Venture Program

Project Venture is a free evidence and strength-based outdoor experiential program available to middle-school-age youth at Kalama Intermediate and Maui Waena Intermediate that increases self esteem and encourages positive youth development, healthy communication and quality relationships. By focusing on individuals’ positive attributes and providing young people with the tools, knowledge and positive experiences needed to make healthy choices, we can reduce the risk of drug and alcohol use (and other risky behaviors) among our youth. Through adventure-based learning and engagement with family, community and nature, young people learn how to be productive members of society.


Our staff of dedicated and quality Prevention Specialists have several years experience working with youth. They are trained to implement Project Venture curriculum and frequently participate in continuing education so they can provide young people with the best experience possible.



The following six essential elements differentiate Project Venture from other youth prevention programs:

Positive youth development

Engagement with nature

Experiential activities

Connection to community and service (regular community service projects)

Skill development for personal growth

Culturally relevant activities and teachings



How the Program Works

Our staff meets with youth at least once a week. After being picked up from school, participants eat a snack and have time to do homework before heading out for a fun and positive activity that connects with one or more of the six essential elements.

Open enrollment is anytime during the school year and all students at any of the participating schools (currently Kalama Intermediate and Maui Waena Intermediate) are welcome to join. Space is limited though! For more information or to find out how you, your child or someone you know can sign up, call 808-579-8414, ext. 8201.


Annual Ocean Activities Day with Hawaiian Paddle Sports

Want to help?

Thanks to funding from the Hawaii State Department of Health’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) and support from the community, Project Venture is available for FREE to all participants.

If you would like to contribute, please click here to visit MYFS’ Network for Good page and enter “Project Venture” in the ‘Designation’ section. Or you can call our Development Coordinator at 808-579-8414, ext. 8102.