BENEFITING: LIFE OF THE LAND
Pens, notebooks and uninterrupted time with an adult in a safe and non-judgmental environment; these are the key ingredients for a successful youth (‘ōpio) empowerment program brought to the Youth Detention Facility in Kapolei by ‘Ōpio Haku Moʻolelo. Since September of 2010, the organization has held three workshops per week for male and female youth in the facility.
The workshops by nature are therapeutic, and issues like violence, colonial history in Hawai‘i, sexuality, notions of gender, job and academic opportunities, responsibility and adulthood—things of particular concerns to Hawai‘i’s youth in detention—are discussed. The format of the workshops help the ‘opio process and express their circumstances and explore best possible outcomes for their lives.
‘Opio Haku Mo’olelo models how change in institutions can take place and how to best reach youth who can fall easily in between the cracks of the criminal justice system. Social change sometimes comes one hour at a time.
Please be a part of this change! I know many of you do not live in Hawai`i, but helping youth is so desperately important. Many of these kids come from terribly abusive homes or foster care. Some are detained solely because they ran away from home. Please support an organization that fosters creativity and hope for Hawai'i's youth. :) Mahalo nui loa!!!!