PLTI Community Projects

The Hawaiʻi Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) is open to anyone who cares about the well-being of children. Over the course of 20 free weekly sessions, participants learn to be effective advocates for children and change agents for their communities.

Each participant also completes a community project. Previous community projects are listed on this page. Click here to download a PDF.

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Cohort 1

The Dad App

App for mobile device that would remind parent (mostly Dads not living with child) about child’s appointments, afterschool activities, classes, etc.

Wrapping Christmas Presents

Cub Scout Pack wraps Christmas Presents at no cost.  A how-to guide on how to do this community service.

Perthes (Overcoming Obstacles)

Overcoming a rare disease and being resilient, the importance of having a positive attitude.

Homework Hui

After school homework program at Kailua Elementary School.

Earth to Hearth

Promoting a home garden in a public housing.

Support for FETCH

Developing a website for FETCH to reach more families.

Childhood Obesity

Promoting fresh foods and more physical activity in Waimanalo to prevent childhood obesity.

Pay It Forward 5Rs Project, Grants for Castle High Project Grad Participant

Grants available to CHS graduates who complete a 5Rs project, developing the process to award the grants.

Youth Leaders

Program in schools that would teach advocacy skills for youth issues.

WIClicious

A cookbook using ingredients available to WIC recipients, especially for families from the Marshall Islands.  A grant was secured from the Public Health Association to print the cookbook.

Support Group for Parents with ADHD Children

Provides opportunity for families to get together and learn from each other, sharing success.

Talk Story Listen

Teaching at risk youth, especially those in foster care, to record stories of more mature adults who overcame obstacles to build a successful life.

Hope in the Mourning

Support, understanding and resources when a youth, who is in foster care, dies or is reunified.

Being Sassy

Program for girls developing leadership skills, self-confidence, building in protective factors, to keep them out of sex-trafficking.

Afterschool Chess Club

Chess Club at Dole Intermediate during recess and lunch with hopes of entering competition.

Me First, How Parents Can Support Academic Success

Program at Dole Intermediate School for Micronesian parents, to improve student achievement.  Parents attend 15 weeks of sessions.  Sessions include topics such as the importance of being on time, understanding the report card, providing a place to do homework, how to approach school officials, being an active parent in their child’s education.              

Together We Can, DHS and Foster Parents Work Together

Training staff of both groups to improve the communication and work together. 

Play Group for Special Needs Families

Facilitating a play group for special needs children and showing parents that play is a way that children are learning.

 

Cohort 2

Leadership Program

Kalaekea Akioka

A leadership program for children that will unfold at the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture.

Communicative Language Teaching

Tony Dukie Akioka

Program using using the Hawaiian language and surfing at Lā ‘Ohana ma Kahakai.

Angel’s Traveling Tea Party

LisaMarie Guerrero

Partnering with her daughter to take the Angel’s Traveling Tea Party to less fortunate girls living on the beach so that they can “look good on the outside in hopes they will feel better in the inside.”

Slippers for Aloha

Jackie Jackson

Bringing churches together on the Windward side to raise awareness that anyone can help those in need.

“Most Likely to Succeed”

Moses Moke Kaapana

A community showing of the film “Most Likely to Succeed” to raise questions and action toward improving our educational system in order to serve our children better.

Ka Hale O Papa: Stacking Stones for the Future Wahine Leaders of Hawaiʻi

Tiare Kaolelopono

An indigenous based leadership program for mothers and daughters.

Special Communication for Special Children

Katherina Kirby

Assist families and educators to better understand each other and the special education system.

Community Haircuts

Wanda Mahelona

With a heart for children in need, this project is taking action in the community by providing haircuts for them before school starts.

Pule ‘Ohana no Hokule’a a me Hikianalia

Mālia Melemai

The inaugural prayer vigil, Pule ‘Ohana no Hokule’a a me Hikianalia: A Call to Churches in the Moku of Ko’olau for the Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia.

Girls Learning & Achieving More (GLAM)

Teri Lynn Sato

A series of workshops that develops relationships between mothers and daughters at Kulana Nani housing.

 

Cohort 3

Kako’o Cards

Dana Ciacci

Kako’o means to support, uphold, assist in Hawaiian. This project is developing a resource that supports children and their families when dealing

with grief or loss.

Bridging the Parent/Teacher Divide Through Any Means Necessary

Wanatoshia Everage

Bringing awareness to military families of resources available for transitioning families to ensure academic success and to provide a forum for parents and teachers to help students through this process. 

A Story of Our Own

Amber Leon-Guerrero

Establishes an art program for the youth of Kahauiki Village, a transitional shelter, to encourage leadership and community development, developing their voices to share their stories of challenges being turned into victories through a mural project.

Aloha Bags, Leaving a Little Love for Those in Need

Traci Khan

Provide those in need with helpful items, a list of resources and to create a cycle of love/giving to help break down the barriers between those in need and those not in need, to model giving to our children instead of thoughtless complacency.

Do You Want to Go Viral? How to be Safe on Social Media

Nohea Walker

Develop a tool, curriculum/brochure/pamphlet to help parents communicate with their children about social media and safety on the internet.

Inspiring Voter Turnout in 96744, Our Kaneohe

Georgi DeCosta

Our children and families are depending on responsible and capable leaders yet Hawaii had the lowest voter turnout, 34.8% of those registered. Increasing voter engagement through voter registration drives, Absentee Ballot registration, and candidate forums in the 96744 zip code area.

The Gomes Mini Park Revitalization and Clean Up

Linda Alicea

Taking care of our neighborhood with the revitalization and beautification of our park. Creating a better sense of ownership in the community will foster unity and stronger relationships between our families, our government officials and workers, and other individuals that use our community park.

Community Haircuts

Wanda Mahelona

With a heart for children in need, this project is taking action in the community by providing haircuts for them before school starts.

Collaborative Cocktail:  Mixing the Me with the We

Kaleo Puana

Impacting social emotional wellbeing of all learners through the use of multicultural practices and traditions. Equipping leaders to share history, cultural practices and locations to integrate personal culture into learning.

 

Cohort 4 — Oʻahu

Making the Grade: Understanding Elementary School Grading Reports

Creating a guide to help parents better understand and how to use their children’s grading reports.

Ohana Collective Model: Strengthening Families Together.

Creating an ‘aloha’ centered client model for family and individual wellness. Increasing parent involvement within the family and community. Educating parents and family members on parenting skills and community.

Growing Youth Leadership from the Grassroots

Creating a pilot program for high school students to participate in government.  Focused on the McCully-Mo’ili’ili neighborhood board.

Survivors Speak

An art exhibition featuring work made by survivors of domestic violence.

Honolulu Tenants Union

Organizing and uniting renters to know their rights. Connecting them with legal help when needed. Pushing for legislation the protects and empowers tenants.

Greener Bingo Night

Make the annual Manoa School parent teacher bingo night a “green” bingo night. Providing time and space for students to speak about their passion for the earth. Sharing the work they are doing on minimizing waste and to create an asset-compost. Encouraging families to make consumption choices intentional ones. Encouraging the use of compostable wares at future school events.

Resource portal for parents

Social club for young ladies with intellectual disabilities

 

Cohort 4 — Maui

End Human Sex Trafficking

Building a coalition of community members to educate the community about sex trafficking and how to keep children safe.

Graceful Puʻuwai

Developing a support group for pregnant women who were abused as children.

Maui Science Fair

Science fairs for children to focus on STEM.

Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands — Get on the land faster and cheaper

Working with the community to help get Hawaiians homes faster and more   

affordable.

Girls on the Run

A program that teaches self-esteem to girls through running.

Journal For Expecting Mothers

A journal helping expecting mothers through their pregnancy and delivery.

Na Kia'i'o Iao

Starting a community association for the protection of Iao Valley.

Bringing Mindfulness Back

Bringing mindfulness back into our communities starting with children and families. Groups for parents and children to teach meditation, mindfulness and yoga.

Local Food Documentary

A documentary focusing on families eating only locally grown foods.

 

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