Ho'omana Training Center
In 2003 Ho'omana began developing and implementing curriculum-based programs to ensure that children with disabilities would be prepared for adulthood upon completion of high school.
In 2012-2013 the Department of Education had 923 students in grades Pre-K through grade 12 who received special education services
As youth transition into adulthood, many of those with "special needs" have no desire or are unable to continue on with additional formal education. Ho'omana provides an alternative to enable these young adults to learn life and jobs kills.
Be sure to visit our "Faces Of Success' Page to read and see stories of Success for many through our program.
Ho'omana teaches a Financial Literacy curriculum designed to teach students how to manage their money and make informed financial decisions.
Adapted from the Kahua Waiwai curriculum created by Hawai'i Community Assets, this program uses group activities to teach basic money management skills. Students become familiar with banking procedures, including check writing, deposits. withdrawals, establish a monthly budget for living expenses and work towards attaining a savings/checking account. They become proficient in differentiating between needs versus wants when making purchasing decisions.
Students who complete their training and meet benchmarks earn "Makana Money." A predetermined amount of store credit is paid for every hour volunteered. Students may use their Mahaka Money to purchase merchandise and other rewards from the Thrift Shop.
The use of the Makana Money system provides a reward system for students and enables them to put into practice their budgeting and savings skills and recognize when to make purchases (sale items verses non-sale items).
The result is that the students increase their financial knowledge, gain positive attitudes, self-motivation and the ability to become independent.
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