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This is Hawaii’s state network community to connect and help youth who are or were in Hawaii's foster care system.

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Helping our youth make the transition from foster care to independent living.

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Rights of Children in Foster Care

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As a child or youth in Hawai'i's Child Welfare Services Foster Care system, you have the following rights: Rights of Children in Foster Care (PDF)


Graduation  Higher Education Students can now apply online for benefits to assist with the cost of attending an instituition of higher education:


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Nytd-1  NYTD

The National Youth in Transition Database Survey (NYTD): share information to help improve services to youth in foster care and earn some money at the same time.

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Helps youths learn the basics of handling their money and finances, including how to create positive relationships with financial institutions. Equipping young people in their formative years with the basics of financial education can give them the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to manage their finances once they enter the real world.

Money Smart - A Financial Education Program

News & Events


Oct 27, 2021  

Spring 2022 ETV 

November 1, 2021 -  SHAKATown open to receive ETV Applications 

January 10, 2022 - Last day to file a completed application,["completed" means application information and ALL the required documents]. 

Awards based on need up to $5,000.00 per year for full-time students and up to $2,500 for part-time students.

You can file an ETV application even if you participate in another DHS program, like Imua Kakou (Extended Foster Care)! and Extended Assistance (AA/PA)! or Higher Ed !

Not sure if you might be eligible? File an application and DHS will figure out if you are eligible.

Basic eligibility criteria:

  • AGE: 18 through 25
    • Aged / transitioned out of DHS Foster Care at 18 or older
    • Adopted at age 16 or older
    • Legal guardianship to a kin at age 16 or older
    • Attending an accredited institution of higher education
    • Filed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Making satisfactory progress [“C” or better] – specifically not on FAFSA academic suspension/ probation
    • Budget is reasonable and for allowable cost of attendance
Sep 16, 2021  

Spring 2022 Geist Scholarship Application

Sep 16, 2021  

Mythbusting

May 26, 2021  

FALL 2021 ETV 

May 1, 2021 -  SHAKATown open to receive ETV Applications 

August 20, 2021  Last day to file a completed application,["completed" means application information and ALL the required documents]. 

September 29, 2021 – ETV benefit checks issued on or about this date

Awards based on need  up to $5,000.00 per year.

You can file an ETV application even if you participate in another DHS program, like Imua Kakou (Extended Foster Care)! and Extended Assistance (AA/PA)! or Higher Ed ! 

Not sure if you might be eligible? File an application and DHS will figure out if you are eligible.

Basic eligibility criteria: 

  • AGE: 18 – 26
  • Aged / transitioned out of DHS Foster Care at 18 or older
  • Adopted at age 16 or older
  • Legal guardianship to a relative at age 16 or older
  • Attending an accredited institution of higher education – or unable to do so because of COVID19
  • Filed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Making satisfactory progress [“C” or better] – specifically not on FAFSA academic suspension / probation – or unable to do so because of COVID19
  • Budget is reasonable and for allowable cost of attendance – or contains other costs related to or caused by the COVID19 emergency.

SPECIAL INFORMATION related to additional funds and the COVID19 Emergency

The federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, also referred to as the COVID relief and spending package, was passed by Congress in December 2020.  Part of this Act has focused on providing temporary flexible support to help protect vulnerable youth and young adults impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill provides emergency support and temporary flexibility for the Education and Training Voucher program through September 30, 2021, by temporarily changing the eligibility and awarding requirements for the Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV). ETV can now be awarded to students who might not have qualified before. These changes are effective through September 2021.  The temporary flexibility includes increased funding for ETV recipients, including those who were enrolled in the Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 semesters and those applying for the current academic year.

  • The requirement that the applicant be enrolled and making satisfactory academic progress may be waived, if young people are unable to meet the requirement due to the pandemic.
  • Chafee ETV Grant funds can pay up to $12,000 per student, including costs other than Cost of Attendance, to help students to remain in school. Young adults may still be eligible for funds even if they had to leave college or a training program due to COVID. Costs for basic needs like food, housing, and transportation, as well as supplies (laptop, internet, paper) can be covered under this grant.
  • Young people through age 26 (up to 27th birthday)  may be eligible for Chafee ETV Grant funds, even if they had to leave college due to COVID-19, they may still be eligible for funds. [For the period 10/1/2019 through 09/30/21]

SHAKATown Application for Retroactive ETV benefits

To help support transitioning youth and young adults, the federal government has authorized some temporary changes to the rules for Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) that may make you eligible for some retroactive ETV benefits [from October 2019 through June 30, 2021]  for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years.

You may be eligible for benefits if:

You were 26 years old between 10/1/2019 and 9/30/2021 and:

  • The COVID-19 public health emergency:
    • prevented you from enrolling in a post-secondary education or training program, or
    • prevented you from making satisfactory progress to completing that program. (4-1-20 to 9-30-21)
    • You had expenses that are not part of the usual cost-of-attendance for ETV between 4-1-20 to 9-30-21) Examples:  Additional expenses because you didn’t have regular child care, school closed its classroom instruction and you had more expenses for internet, were quarantined, had no usual transportation;
      • You received an ETV benefit between October 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 that was less than $12,000;
      • You had expenses related to education that were more than the ETV award amount you received between October 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

 

The SHAKATown ETV application is being modified to allow youth to apply for retroactive benefits. Although this COVID portion of the application will probably not be available until June 2021, please start you application now. The new portion will appear in your application as soon as it ready and then you can also complete that portion if you are requesting additional funds.

May 25, 2021  

Foster Youth Pandemic Payment

Videos


You Cannot get HIV Ladatt!

Starring Augie T and Kutmaster Spaz

Part 1 Part 2

`Ohana is Forever V: Our Next Steps
Working Together to Improve Outcomes for Transitioning Foster Youth in Hawai'i

For more Information Ittakesanohana.org/2011/10/2183/

Family Findings


The Kalani Story

Family Findings will help reconnect youth with their lost relatives. Coming Soon to ShakaTown!!!!

If you are a youth looking for a lost relative, please contact your social worker.