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Friends of the Future welcomes Na Kahumoku

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Friends of the Future welcomes Na Kahumoku to its family of community-based programs.

Initiated under the fiscal sponsorship of Family Services Hawaii in 2007, the mission of Na Kahumoku is aloha for each other, our island home, and mother earth – demonstrated by caring for each other, our environment and our community; mentoring; and developing strong leadership and personal character.

Na Kahumoku engages Kealakehe Intermediate School students through co-curricular and extracurricular educational activities emphasizing environment, culture, service and leadership. The program’s ultimate goal is to reawaken the joy of learning in each participant.

Backed by research that has shown intra-generational mentors have the highest influence in shaping healthy attitudes and building resilience, Na Kahumoku Program Director Douglass Bartlett plans to expand its programs to include elementary and high school students.

The expanded program will feature high school students mentoring intermediate students, who will in turn mentor elementary school students.

Na Kahumoku is supported by the Kealakehe Complex 21st Century grant and is one of nine nonprofit organizations currently part of Hauoli Mau Loa Foundation’s Hope for Kids initiative to expand opportunities for children to find hope for their future.

Based on Hawaii Island, Friends of the Future is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which facilitates community-led change, perpetuates cherished cultural anchors, and improves health-related quality of life for the Hawaii Island community.

For the Friends of the Future Annual Report and information about its programs, call 885-8336 or visit the website at www.fofhawaii.org

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