Free to Grow: Head Start Partnerships to Promote Substance-Free Communities

The Foundation's program, Free To Grow: Head Start Partnerships to Promote Substance-Free Communities, was designed to support selected Head Start agencies to adapt and evaluate innovative substance abuse prevention models that aim to strengthen a young child's environment, specifically the family and community. The original request to the Foundation targeted the community of Ka Hale Ake Ola Resource Center. The target community grew to include a larger part of the Wailuku community and the housing project of Hawaii Housing Authority, called Kahekili Terrace. An estimated number of at least 100 Head Start families will receive intense case management services under this program. With the understanding of the 'Ohana concept in Hawaii, there are many extended family members that may also be affected within the 100 families, increasing the number of people receiving services. This grant provides continued support for 'Ohana, a larger and much expanded source of support to the family member. A culturally sensitive strategic approach, it takes into consideration the need of the extended family of the person in need of support and encouragement. The participation of the 'Ohana will be far larger than the 100 families within the target community.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $213,000.00

Awarded on: 5/31/2002

Time frame: 6/1/2002 - 8/31/2005

Grant Number: 45318


Maui Economic Opportunity Inc.

P.O. Box 2122
Kahului, 96733-2122


Lyn McNeff
Project Director