Teens On Call
To assist development of an honest work ethic among interested students via paid work skills training projects / assignments which involve task completion, improved focus, teamwork, vocational skills, and encourage good character values.
The History of Teens on Call
'Teens on Call' began in the summer of 1993 when Paia teens and Uncle Brian cleared out a fire-damaged historic home at Paia Bay. Alexander and Baldwin and HC&S Paia Mill emplyees shared the vison for a youth center and so worked with us to begin Paia Youth & Cultural Center. We noticed quickly how focused, guided, productive activities by the teens - with an educational stipend and food - created a heart-warming change in kalohe-rascal behaviors and developed can-do attitudes. The students all wanted more of this unique paid 'work therapy' which practiced new skills. We formed the Teens on Call (TOC) program to keep paid work skills training assignments available to greater numbers of students.
Since 1994, TOC has provided multiple assignments to on average 120 students per year (about 2400 total) with documentation to support. Project activities include: landscaping; intro to carpentry; demolition; property & construction cleanup; fish aquaponics; gardens; composting; event setup & take-down; rubbish & recycle programs; sandbag shoreline stabilization, and more.
We work with Hui Malama, Paia Youth & Cultural Center, school counselors, & Family Court to provide hands on assignments which empower youth. We also promote awareness of sustainable food & energy developments for which Hawaii is incubator.
Mahalo to all the teachers and counselors who work hard for their students! Aloha!