For the past two years, the Foundation has focused primarily on the Scholarship and SAT tutoring programs. Both programs responded to the immediate needs of Pacific American students currently enrolled full time in high school and university academic curriculums. Needs were evaluated on student academic transcripts, work experience and community involvement. While the Foundation had limited financial resources during the initial inception, the focus was, and continues to be, providing counseling services to parents with students that are currently juniors and seniors in high school. The Foundation feels very strongly, however, that counseling to parents with pre-teens would, in the long run, have more positive benefit results in regards to developing an awareness of the value of higher education for both parents and students, as well as the need for assessing available educational, scholastic and financial opportunities.
Programs and Services
The Scholastic Partnership Program, while limited in participation, seeks to secure partnerships with educational institutions and private organizations. The University of Hawaii tuition waiver program for Hawaiian students from California is unique, and the Foundation is continuously screening the Hawaiian community for qualified students in the Hawaiian Studies Program at the Manoa campus. The Foundation continues to pursue partnerships with similar educational and private organizations, in addition to the development of similar outreach programs in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
A pilot Mentoring-Tutoring Program, under the leadership of Director Mario Borja, has been established with the Marshallese community in San Diego. In San Diego County, at least 75 junior high and high school students from the Marshall Islands have been identified as "at risk" in the educational community. The Foundation has spent considerable time providing mentoring and tutoring services to these students, as well as seeking Pacific American professionals to assist this effort, and considers this program to be a very difficult and complex undertaking. While the primary objective is to assist the Marshallese students into the "mainstream" educational community, issues dealing with cultural and socio-economic values must be realized first before educational and scholastic values can be addressed. Since each student/parent has different goals and objectives, a one-on-one method was deemed as the most effective approach for this type of program.
The Henry Johnson Scholarship Program was implemented to provide scholarships to Pacific American students attending a 4 year educational institution, law school or graduate school. This program was named after Professor Henry Johnson, a former Foundation member, and founder of the Pacific Islander Studies Program at California State University Long Beach. For the year 1996, a scholarship was presented to a student who graduated from Southwestern Law School, and for the year 1997, a scholarship was provided to a student who graduated from the University of California at San Diego.
The Charles Hoke SAT Tutoring Program was conceived to provide intensive tutoring to Pacific American high school junior and senior students preparing for the nationally administered Scholastic Achievement Test. The program is named after Charles Hoke, a Foundation Director, who originated the program for Pacific American students in Vista, California. For the year 1996, 10 students were tutored for the SAT and all are now attending either 2 year or 4 year educational institutions. For the year 1997, 7 juniors and 1 senior were tutored, with the senior now attending the University of California at San Diego.
The Parent-Student Counseling Program was perceived by the Foundation as a primary step in developing meaningful rapport with Pacific American parents and students about the value of higher education and the preparation that must occur in order to participate in achieving those goals. This program has 2 essential phases, the first being counseling for Pacific American parents with pre-teen students. Counseling would stress the value of academic prerequisites, relevant work experience and community involvement to increase the student's opportunities for acceptance in any institution of higher learning. The second phase is dedicated to counseling prospective parents and students about the selection of available educational institutions based on the student's academic rankings, career interests, SAT scores, work experience, community involvement, ethnicity, the availability of student scholarships, grants and loans, and the parent's ability to finance this endeavor.
The Learning Center Partnership Program was conceived by the Foundation as a means of providing parents of Pacific American children, ages 3 through 8, with the opportunity and financial assistance to place their children in a private reading and basic skills learning center. This program is designed to develop the child's basic tools and skills necessary to achieve prescribed educational and scholastic goals in an environment tailored to each individual child, and emphasizes the need to expose both Pacific American parents and their children to the educational process as early in the child's formative years as possible. The program is currently undergoing development for implementation by 1999.
The Computer Procurement Partnership Program was developed to provide Pacific American parents and children with the opportunity and financial assistance to obtain computer hardware, software and associated training in support of educational and scholastic goals. This program is currently undergoing development for implementation by 1999, and seeks to provide Pacific Americans with technological access through partnerships with private organizations and corporations.