STEPS to Success
Due to COVID 19 there are currently no after school classes at schools. However, we are able to offer computer enrichment classes online for homeschoolers or parents that are seeking additional educational activities for their keiki. We are also able to bring a limited number of laptops to assist with after school programs.
The ‘Ohana Komputer STEPS to Success Program was developed in 2015 and uses a collaborative approach to educating a child’s mind, body and spirit. This exciting program integrates five disciplines—computer, video, music, visual arts, and dance into one large, all-encompassing program. Each of the five disciplines emphasizes self-development and awareness. Participating sites choose the package that best suits their students’ needs and schedules.
STEPS to Success has been successfully implemented with various grade levels at Palama Settlement’s Community Treatment and after school programs as well as in-school and after school programs at Kalihi Elementary School, Kalihi Waena Elementary School, and Kipapa Elementary School.
STEPS stands for:
- START – Get started (investigation)
- TRAIN – Get some skills (learn the skill set)
- EXERCISE – Get strong (apply the skill set)
- PREPARE – Get ready (evaluate and organize the process)
- SHOW – Get out there (present the process in a comprehensive and accessible format)
STEPS is a collaboration among our diverse and experienced partners. Collectively, our aim is to engage Hawaii’s youth in this exciting project and ultimately impact their futures. Hawaii’s graduation rate is only 81%. Many studies prove that project such as STEPS reduce dropout rates and improve academic performance.
Our STEPS partners include the following highly respected and very experienced individuals and organizations, all of which have extensive teaching experience and are considered tops in their fields. This includes the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus (HYOC) which is Hawaii’s premier community youth choir. HYOC, offers a full spectrum of music education for students in grades K-12. Making music since 1961, HYOC helps foster the personal and social growth of its members while promoting self-esteem, as well as giving children a lifetime of music appreciation. ‘Ohana Komputer’s Program Director, Alitoya Huxel also oversees the computer instruction and personal development component.
Our traditional model was designed to be implemented in a classroom setting and we are now in the process of creating a new model for online delivery which will be interactive and will be able to be lead and monitored by a teacher or as stand alone units. There will be a new course to help teachers and others migrate their classes to an online venue.
“Kalihi Waena is proud to have had the support of Ohana Komputer over the past two years and we hope to continue that relationship for years to come. The Steps-to-Success program helped many of our students break out of their shells to become more outgoing, confident, and resilient. In this day and age, it is even more important to have these attributes. Combined with the skills of performance, art, and technology integration our keiki continue to expand their minds. With additional support, Ohana Komputer will be able to continue with their support of our students, most of whom (75%) come from low-income families and over 35% of whom are English Language Learners. Overcoming these hurdles early greatly helps them be prepared for the challenges of middle school, high school, and life.”
~Daniel Larkin, Principal Kalihi Waena Elementary School