Help Guide the Project

As a family member, there are many ways you can get involved with Project Kealahou. Our Governing Council and Evaluation are just a few. We also have several advisory boards always in need of more family voices!

Please call Lani Carrillo, your parent support coordinator, at (808) 692-2355 or send her an email at, if you want to get involved. She’ll help you find the right fit.


Governing Council

Participating in Project Kealahou’s Governing Council is an excellent way for your voice as a family member to be heard! The Council is made up of youth, community members, family members and state agencies structured to advise and provide feedback on all areas of the initiative, as well as propose their own ideas. Child care reimbursements and a stipend are provided to families participating in the Governing Council. We’d love for you to join us!

Each Governing Council meeting is topic-based. We meet every other month and the meeting day changes each month to accommodate people with standing commitments on certain days of the week. Past meeting topics have included:

What is Trauma-Informed Care?
Identifying System Barriers
Girls, Delinquency and Programming in Hawai`i

If you’re interested in joining our Governing Council or would like more information, please call Tami Whitney, project assistant, at (808) 733-9859 or send her an email at You will be provided a stipend and reimbursement if you need child care for your participation, and you get to choose your own babysitter or child provider.



Almost everyone is an evaluator. You evaluate things everyday. Often, you decide what you like from what you don’t like. Sometimes, you share your opinions with co-workers, friends or others. You make decisions based on these evaluations. Programs like Project Kealahou have specific goals. One of our goals is to evaluate the project. We want to know how the project is helping girls and their families. The project can only accomplish this by conducting a program evaluation. But what is program evaluation? According to Patton (1997), program evaluation is “the systematic collection of information about the activities, characteristics, and outcomes of programs to make judgments about the program, improve program effectiveness, and/or inform decisions about future programming.”

If your child is enrolled in Project Kealahou, you may be eligible to participate in the National Evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families program. Participation in this evaluation may help us determine how Project Kealahou is helping you, your family, and others in your community. A member of the evaluation team will contact you to talk in more detail about the study, answer your questions and invite you to participate if you are eligible.

For more specific information about the evaluation, please see Research & Evaluation.


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