Creating a Village Horizontal Logo with Name on Bottom

Families often face challenges that affect the inter-generational support that youth can access during adolescence. This disconnect can leave them without role models or mentors to support their transition from youth to adult.

The Creating a Village program offers training in life management skills such as financial literacy, self-care, maintenance, and healthy living in an environment supported by teen mentors, youth-adult partners, and content experts.

The small, selective cohorts allow youth to develop relationships with the support team and with each other, and strengthens social, leadership, and resiliency skills and knowledge.

Spring 2021
Kalama – Makawao, Maui
screenshot from virtual spring 2021 cohort with Kalama Intermediate on Maui Program delivered virtually due to COVID.
Summer 2021
PACT Hawaii – Kalihi, Oahu
Volunteer expert Josh talks about seeds during a gardening activity. Gardening expert Josh talks about seeds and soil health.
Spring 2022
King & Washington – Oahu
Youth practice budgeting and making spending choices. Youth practice budgeting and making spending choices.
Summer 2022
Kahului Extension, Maui
Youth learn safety and nutrition while preparing a meal. Youth learn safety and nutrition while preparing a meal.
Program At a Glance
Flyer with information on the program
Expertise from adult volunteers in the community who share knowledge and skills with youth participants related to life skills and practical information useful in the transition to adulthood.
Mentorship by teens provides direct guidance and support for the middle school participants during club meetings. Youth-Adult Partnerships between teen mentors and an adult creates a mutually beneficial partnership.
Village Gardening YAP
Skill Mastery
Skill Mastery in life management such as culinary, financial literacy, healthy living, self-care, and agricultural science, which has been a growing community demand.
Our Process
To represent progress in learning skills, knowledge, and information club members work together to complete a puzzle based on learning objectives composed of 4 areas: Head (Learning & Investing), Heart (Engaging & Grounding), Hands (Working & Exploring), and Health (Thriving & Building). Youth also collect Harmony cards for completing acts of Bravery, Cleverness, Loyalty, and Patience. Learn more on the How it Works page.