Creating a Village Horizontal Logo with Name on Bottom

Families often face challenges that affect the inter-generational support that youth have during adolescence. This can leave them without role models or mentors to support their transition from youth to adult. The Creating a Village program offers practice in life 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 each other, and strengthens social, leadership, and resiliency skills and knowledge.

Spring 2021
Kalama Intermediate
Makawao, Maui
screenshot from virtual spring 2021 cohort with Kalama Intermediate on Maui The program was 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
Central Oahu
Youth practice budgeting and making spending choices. Youth practice budgeting and making spending choices.
Summer 2022
UH Extension
Kahului, Maui
Youth learn safety and nutrition while preparing a meal. Youth learn safety and nutrition while preparing a meal.
Fall 2022
Kihei, Maui
Self Defense Fall 2022 Maui Group Huddle Youth learn mindfuless through self-defense by practicing jijitsu.
Adult community experts share life skills knowledge.
Teens provide mentorship to middle schoolers and work as a team with adults. Village Yoga
Skill Mastery
Youth gain learn through hands-on learning. Village Gardening YAP
Learn More
Listen to a short PSA for the Maui Summer 2023 Cohort to learn more about the program.
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.