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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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Last Revised: Nov 19, 2018 shakatown.com

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:


For More Information:

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.

For More Information about NYTD Click Here


Credit-report-checklist-64   Annual Credit Report Request your FREE annual credit report.
It's QUICK, EASY and SECURE.

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Moneycalculator64   Money Smarts

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


Nov 14, 2019  

Spring 2020 ETV 

November 1, 2019 -  SHAKATown open to receive ETV Applications 

January 10, 2020 - 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
Feb 02, 2019  

Manaiakalani Scholarship is now available for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Eligibility - potential students must meet the following criteria

  • Hawai'i resident that will attend UH Maui College
  • Demonstrate financial need and barriers/challenges keeping you from attending college
  • First time college student or minimal college experience (1 semester maximum)
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 credits, including a mandatory cohort class in Fall 2019

Go to the Manaiakalani website - http://manaiakalani.weebly.com 

Feb 02, 2019  

University of Hawaii Common Scholarship Application Deadline March 1st

 

https://youtu.be/cEn0wz6Uhzw

Jun 19, 2018  

NEWS ! ! Education and Training Voucher [ETV] changes for Fall 2018 Session

New Federal law:

  • increases upper age limit for ETV from 21 to 26; and
  •  limits total length of participation to five [5] years.

Young adult does NOT need to receive ETV when 21 in order to be eligible until age 26!

If you need money for school and think you meet the eligibility requirements, complete an application for ETV.

Nov 01, 2016  

Spring 2017 ETV

Nov 1, 2016 -  Applications opened 

December 15, 2016  Last day for applications, including submission of ALL required documents. 

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 – 21 [& up to 23, if Youth received an ETV when 21]
    • 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
    • Making satisfactory progress [“C” or better] – specifically not on FAFSA academic suspension / probation
    • Budget is reasonable and for allowable cost of attendance

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.