The Kosasa Family Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation has awarded $6,000 to Maui Youth & Family Services (MYFS) for its school-based adolescent substance abuse treatment program at Lana’i High and Elementary School. The program, called Ke Ala Pono (The Right Path), is available on Maui and Lana’i and is for students who are struggling with substance abuse or who have family members with addiction issues.
The program includes on-site assessment, referral, treatment planning, education about addiction and coping skills, as well as individual and family counseling. MYFS will use the grant to purchase food for each teen in the program on Lana’i. The food not only provides motivation for adolescents to attend the program but it is also a therapeutic tool, as some students do not have the chance to go home and sit together with their ohana for dinner.
The Kosasa family opened the first ABC Store in 1964 and still owns and operates the company, which consists of more than 70 ABC Stores in locations that span from Hawaii to Guam, Saipan and Las Vegas. “We are so grateful for this generous grant from the Kosasa family,” said Lana’i-based MYFS Counselor Christine Haskins. “Having a snack makes a tremendous difference in how the students can engage in activities and concentrate, especially for those who come to us during the after-school hours.” For more information about Maui Youth & Family Services, visit myfs.org.