On August 15, 2014 at 6p.m. there will be an award-winning film and music to benefit Maui’s youth. The exclusive screening will be at the historic Iao Theater in Wailuku. The critically acclaimed movie Short Term 12 was written and directed by Maui born and raised Destin Daniel Cretton. This film director, screenwriter, producer and editor is a local boy born in Haiku. Short Term 12 is the winner of the coveted “Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2013.” There will also be a performance by award-winning Country singer/songwriter Steve Zuwala.
The proceeds will help a local nonprofit “Maui Youth & Family Services.” Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For ticket information go to MYFS.ORG.
The mission statement of Maui Youth & Family Services is “to empower youth and families challenged with behavioral health issues to become responsible, self-fulfilled and contributing members of the community.”
The following are programs and descriptions of Maui Youth and Family Services:
Therapeutic Foster Care
Providing a therapeutic home atmosphere for youth ages 10-17 that are experiencing difficulties socially, behaviorally, academically, and /or have mental health needs. Designed to meet the needs of clients who are not able to receive parental care in their own home and whose emotional problems and behavior disorders may require above-average tolerance, these youth are able to achieve growth in a caring atmosphere. The program utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach delivered by master’s level mental health therapists, and licensed and trained foster parents. The active participation and input of parents, guardians, and clients are in the treatment process is viewed as essential to the youths’ success in the program.
Emergency Youth Shelter
Provides short-term out-of-the-home placement for children ages 10-17 that are identified by the Department of Human Services, Judiciary, or by self-referral. 24-hour care is provided by licensed foster homes with trained and supportive foster parents. A master’s level counselor provides assessment, individual, crisis and family counseling, referral, and service planning. All admissions are voluntary including those referred by mandate. Qualified youth are in a crisis situation: runaway or at risk of runaway from home or community placement, in need of supervision, forced from hope by families, or in need of shelter due to no home to return to.
Other programs include: Intensive Services/Skills Training, Outreach and Advocacy, Independent Living Program/Outpatient, Adolescent Intensive Outpatients Substance Abuse Program. They also work hand-in-hand with schools and other community partners to provide youth and young adults with the skills and knowledge to make positive choices that support healthy lifestyles.
For Sponsorship Opportunities please contact:
Maui Youth & Family Services, Inc.
PO Box 790006
Paia, HI 96779
(808) 579-8414 ext. 8102