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Early Childhood Educators in Hawaiʻi: Addressing Compensation, Working Conditions, and Professional Advancement

December 13, 2022

It is increasingly understood that a diverse, well-prepared, well-supported, and well-compensated workforce is essential for the delivery of high-quality early childhood programs serving children from birth to kindergarten entry. As Hawaiʻi has increased its investment in early care and education (ECE) programs, stakeholders have come to recognize that the state's investment in the ECE workforce has not kept pace with the resources going to the expansion of access to such programs.This report documents the low wages, few benefits, mixed working conditions, and lack of incentives for career advancement in place for the ECE workforce. The authors also provide long-term and short-term strategies for Hawaiʻi to invest in improvements that would help recruit and retain workers in the ECE field.

Youth Voice Hawai’i Year 1 Report

January 14, 2022

The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation is committed to supporting Hawai'i's youth to fulfill their most ambitious dreams. Currently, far too many students are still falling short of achieving their dreams despite the system's focus on strengthening college and career pathways. While a lot is known about how students are fairing along these pathways (based on measures such as K-12 academic performance, high school graduation, and college enrollment and completion), these data do not tell the full story of the student experience, and what is supporting or getting in their way of success. Understanding the student experience, as well as the attitudes, values, and beliefs they hold about college and career, is critical to understanding underlying dynamics. To this end, the foundation has made a multi-year investment to deepen the field's understanding of the student experience, attitudes, values, and beliefs to inform ongoing policy and practice. This report presents findings from the first year of this study, primarily focused on understanding the perspectives and experiences of high-school age students. 

Failing to Protect and Serve: Police Department Policies Towards Transgender People

May 7, 2019

American policing is in grave need of reform. Reports of racial and religious profiling, killings of unarmed civilians, and sexual abuse and other forms of misconduct by police across the nation are all too common. Over half (58%) of transgender people who interacted with law enforcement that knew they were transgender in the last year reported experiences of harassment, abuse or other mistreatment by the police according to the US Transgender Survey (USTS). Transgender people often feel, accurately, that they can do nothing about this mistreatment, knowing that they risk falling victim to additional mistreatment by those tasked with conducting and overseeing the complaint process.As we make groundbreaking advancements towards transgender equality, many members of our communities continue to be affected by disproportionate contact with, and often by bias and abuse within, policing and the criminal justice system. Transgender people face staggering levels of violence, homelessness, and poverty in the United States, with transgender people of color experiencing the greatest disparities. Thus, it is not surprising that, even though transgender people are more likely to be victims of violent crime than non-transgender people, over half (57%) of all USTS respondents feel uncomfortable calling the police for help when they need it.The purpose of this report is to promote stronger and more fair policies when it comes to police interactions with transgender people. This report focuses primarily on policies specifically governing police interactions with transgender people, including non-discrimination statements, recognition of non-binary identities in applicable policies, use of respectful communication, recording information in department forms, search procedures, transportation, placement in temporary lock-up facilities, access to medication, removal of appearance related items, training, and bathroom access. For each topic, model policies are provided that can and should be adopted by police departments in collaboration with transgender leaders in their communities.

Foundations for the Future: Empowerment Economics in the Native Hawaiian Context

October 9, 2017

The Foundations for the Future Report is a case study focused on Hawaiian Community Assets (HCA), and demonstrates how the organization worked closely with its members and partners to build wealth in Native Hawaiian communities through financial capability programming. The authors introduce the term Empowerment Economics to categorize this process and expand upon current approaches to financial capability. On the surface, what HCA offers to families is a classic financial capability program. But digging deeper into their approach, we found the seeds of empowerment economics in how these services and educational opportunities are designed, implemented in the community, and spread across generations.

Touchpoints of Homelessness: Institutional Discharge as a Window of Opportunity for Hawaiʻi's Homeless

September 1, 2017

With the goal of better understanding critical junctures that influence whether one may become or remain homeless, we examine in this report three subpopulations of homeless within Hawai'i—specifically, youth emancipated from foster care, individuals discharged from medical care, and individuals released from incarceration. A growing body of research indicates that institutional discharge may offer a "window of opportunity" for intervention, potentially preventing or reducing the likelihood of subsequent homelessness. Our hope is that by illuminating the people, processes, and institutions engaged in and affected by institutional discharge in Hawaiʻi, we as a community can more effectively capitalize on the opportunities for intervention that discharge presents.

Hope For Kids 'Ekahi Reflections - Five Key Insights Into Our Work With and Among Pages

August 31, 2016

In an effort to capture the key lessons the Foundation learned about working with the Hope for Kids ʻEkahi Partners, the Foundation wrote a Reflections document.  This document captures five key insights about engaging with and supporting Partners in connecting with each other.

State Profile Hawaii: Assets and Opportunity Scorecard

January 25, 2016

The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard is a comprehensive look at Americans' financial security today and their opportunities to create a more prosperous future. It assesses the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 130 outcome and policy measures, which describe how well residents are faring and what states are doing to help them build and protect assets. The Scorecard enables states to benchmark their outcomes and policies against other states in five issue areas: Financial Assets & Income, Businesses & Jobs, Housing & Homeownership, Health Care, and Education.

Hawaii Health Gaps Report: What's Driving Health Differences Across the State and How Can Those Gaps Be Closed?

November 9, 2015

Why is there so much difference in the health of residents in one county compared to other counties in the same state? In this report, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program explores how wide gaps are throughout Hawaii and what is driving those differences. This information can help Hawaii state leaders as they identify ways for everyone to have a fair chance to lead the healthiest life possible. Specifically, this document can help state leaders understand: 1. What health gaps are and why they matter 2. The size and nature of the health gaps among counties within Hawaii 3. What factors are influencing the health of residents, and 4. What state and local communities can do to address health gaps.

The Hawai'i Giving Study 2015

May 15, 2015

The Hawaii Community Foundation commissioned SMS Research to conduct a telephone survey of 900 households throughout the state on their charitable and philanthropic giving and volunteering. This research on Hawaii's givings follows up similar surveys conducted in previous years. The percentatge of Hawaii's households that give cash, goods and time (volunteer).The amount of their giving.What kinds of nonprofits and issue areas they contributed to.Reasons and motivations for giving to charity and nonprofits.Plans for giving that people include in wills, bequests or trusts.

The Gift of Giving: Hawaii Community Foundation - 2014 Annual Report

January 1, 2015

This is the year in review annual report for the Hawaii Community Foundation. The Hawaii Community Foundation distributed more than $43 million in grants and contracts into the community from over 650 funds established by individuals, families and businesses who care about making Hawaii a better place.

Amplify the Power of Giving: 2015 Annual Report

January 1, 2015

Hawii Community Foundation Annual Report. This report is a "thank you" to all the individuals, families and businesses that partner with HCF to deliver lasting impact in our community. Our goal is to deliver their stories with the highest quality and in the most cost-effective way so that we continue to maximize our resources to help our island home.

Schools of the Future Year 5 Evaluation Report

October 28, 2014

The Schools of the Future (SOTF) initiative was funded by the Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) to promote the teaching and learning of 21st century skills in participating private schools. Eighteen five-year grants to private schools (including two partnerships representing four schools) were awarded in 2009. For a variety of reasons (e.g., school closings, perceived lack of fit, implementation capacity), several of the original grants ended before the fifth grant year. In 2013 -- 14, 14 of the original 18 school grantees completed the five-year grant period. American Institutes for Research (AIR) conducted the evaluation of the SOTF initiative. AIR's affiliate, Learning Point Associates, was the original contracted evaluator before it merged with AIR in January 2011. The evaluation was designed to describe the differences among the SOTF schools and their individual project designs; assess the maturation of the SOTFs; and provide the client with useful information. The evaluation does not include an outcome component -- that is, an assessment of changes in student achievement -- because of the limited availability of student achievement data used across the initiative.