Project Kealahou is working to establish a trauma-informed system of care to help Hawai’i’s ethnically and culturally diverse girls overcome difficulties in their lives. A system of care is an organizational framework that involves collaboration with agencies, families, and youth to improve access and expand services and supports for youth and their families.
Project Kealahou collaborates with the state’s child-serving agencies, communities and families to help these girls build and nurture healthy relationships that will allow them to reconnect with their communities, families and themselves.
The Project will improve the lives of these girls impacted by trauma by building a system of care that is: sustainable, family-driven, youth-guided, culture-responsive, gender-responsive, and trauma-informed.
Project Kealahou’s multi-faceted approach includes the following:
- Support & Mentoring
We provide one-on-one support and mentoring for girls, assist them in setting and accomplishing their personal goals, and offer opportunities for them to develop peer mentoring skills to help others.
- Youth Activities
Social and cultural group activities promote connection to place, community, family and self.
- Girls Circle
A structured support group designed to foster self-esteem, Girls Circle encourages girls to maintain connections with peers and adult women, and allows for self-expression through sharing and creative activities like drama, journaling and art.
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
TFCBT is an evidence-based treatment that helps girls and their caregivers heal the impact of trauma.
For Providers & Referral Sources: Fact Sheet (PDF)
Project Kealahou Referral Form (PDF)