OHA awards grant to Boys & Girls Clubs

OHA awards grant to Boys & Girls Clubs

April 12, 2011

WAILUKU – The state Office of Hawaiian Affairs has awarded a $47,480 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui.

The money will be used to support the Paukukalo Club’s homework assistance program “Power Hour,” which expects to serve 170 youth in the next year. The program addresses OHA’s strategic priority of hoonaauao (education), with the goal to improve academic achievement in the short term and ultimately high school graduation rates, leading to better economic self-sufficiency and a higher quality of life for Hawaiians in the community.

“We are pleased to be receiving this funding and look forward to a very meaningful relationship with OHA that will serve our members, improving their academic achievement, and ultimately, their quality of life,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui Chief Professional Officer Colin Hanlon.

The percentage of students at the Paukukalo Club who report that they are of Hawaiian or part-Hawaiian ancestry is 85 percent. Also, many attend Hawaiian language immersion programs.

Daily average attendance in the past year has grown from 79 to 101, a 28 percent increase from September 2009 to the same month last year. Total club membership was up to 266 youth as of March 3.

The OHA grant will help to provide more staff support and tutoring to Boys & Girls Club members in both the Hawaiian and English languages.

For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui, call 242-4363, ext. 226.

Contributed by The Maui News