Adult Friends for Youth

Adult Friends for Youth Adult Friends for Youth (AFY), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, has been providing therapeutic prevention and intervention programs for high-risk youth for more than 30 years.
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To break the cycle of violence, despair, and unhealthy lifestyles that are often passed down from generation to generation, AFY has developed an effective therapeutic approach (the Redirectional Method) to combat violence, drugs, crime, teen pregnancy, family dysfunction, learning disabilities, and anti-social behavior among the very high-risk youth, both in and outside of the classroom. AFY recognizes the importance of reaching teens with problems and helping them become successful people. "AFY has been very instrumental in reducing the temptation for kids to become involved in gangs and it has also been very helpful to the (Department of Education) and the schools in assisting or preventing gang and youth violence." (U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo) AFY reaches 200 to 300 high-risk youth per week, providing a variety of protective factors that may be lacking in the lives of troubled youth. The Hawaii Psychological Association (HPA) recognized AFY in November 2006, awarding the agency with the Pookela Award for excellence in promoting educational achievement and offering a prescription of hope for significantly reducing poverty and destructive behaviors among youth gang members. To date, AFY has successfully changed the attitudes and behaviors of over 30 entire gangs, helping most members integrate into the social mainstream as productive members of the community. Most members of these groups have progressed from angry, violent, and anti-social people to individuals who are participatory, enterprising, and law-abiding. "The agency works with youths in an uncommon way. They've been very successful in redirecting kids." (Catherine Payne, principal of Farrington High School)

Mission: Redirecting lives to stop violence in order to strengthen family and community safety, while promoting well-being for all youth so that they can reach their full potential.

Come celebrate AFY's 33rd Annual Celebration of Youth  Fundraiser Sheraton Waikiki on November 29, 2019. Please contact ...
11/12/2019

Come celebrate AFY's 33rd Annual Celebration of Youth Fundraiser Sheraton Waikiki on November 29, 2019. Please contact Lisa Tamashiro at [email protected] to RSVP

AFY Middle School youth engaging in a summer tutoring session on AFY’s Mobile Education Center. #ThisIsAfterschool #Afte...
07/23/2019

AFY Middle School youth engaging in a summer tutoring session on AFY’s Mobile Education Center. #ThisIsAfterschool #AfterschoolWorks

07/23/2019

AFY is so excited and honored to announce that we have been selected to receive a New York Life Foundation Aim High Grant! The grant will allow us to serve 65 more youth from Hawaii’s middle schools to help ensure they get to 9th grade on time. #AfterschoolWorks, #ThisIsAfterSchool

Adult Friends for Youth's cover photo
06/22/2018

Adult Friends for Youth's cover photo

Adult Friends for Youth
04/23/2018

Adult Friends for Youth

Beloved family and friends,It is with a heavy heart, we share the sad news of the sudden loss of Mac and Angie's son Kon...
04/23/2018

Beloved family and friends,

It is with a heavy heart, we share the sad news of the sudden loss of Mac and Angie's son Kona Schwenke. We were fortunate to have him as a part of AFY since he was born. Kona was given his name when Angie gave birth during AFY's Student Transition Convention in Kona.

AFY asks for your thoughts and prayers to be with the Schwenke family during this difficult time.

Awesome turnout at yesterday’s P.E.A.R.L Anti-bullying Conference!  We are all about Promoting (Peace Empathy Acceptance...
03/03/2018

Awesome turnout at yesterday’s P.E.A.R.L Anti-bullying Conference! We are all about Promoting (Peace Empathy Acceptance Respect & Love!)

12/26/2017

We wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of our heart!

12/24/2017

Happy holidays and best wishes for a wonderful new year!

Thank you to Central Pacific Bank for supporting AFY and believing in Hawaii’s Youth!
12/13/2017

Thank you to Central Pacific Bank for supporting AFY and believing in Hawaii’s Youth!

We are pleased to launch AFY’s new logo. Thank you Ramsey Machado @aloha_barber for your creativity in designing our log...
12/03/2017

We are pleased to launch AFY’s new logo. Thank you Ramsey Machado @aloha_barber for your creativity in designing our logo!

Team AFY volunteering at the Labor Unity picnic! Thanks for having us!
09/04/2017

Team AFY volunteering at the Labor Unity picnic! Thanks for having us!

"Through AFY, I joined Olelo's after school program to share my voice with the community."Thank you @olelocommunity for ...
09/01/2017

"Through AFY, I joined Olelo's after school program to share my voice with the community."

Thank you @olelocommunity for giving our students the opportunity to learn more about the equipments, media producing, and sharing their voices!

'Ōlelo Community Media
07/19/2017

'Ōlelo Community Media

Senator Karl Rhoads stopped by our Māpunapuna location and chatted with our Youth Xchange E3 media club members. This after school program focuses on equipping, empowering, and engaging the youth through media. We can’t wait to see the impacts these future producers have on their community. For more information, see this page: http://olelo.org/youth/info/

Can't make our July event? AFY has another event happening in August. Join us at our Serata to help support AFY students...
07/13/2017

Can't make our July event? AFY has another event happening in August. Join us at our Serata to help support AFY students! You can now purchase your tickets, hope to see you all there!

Orientation day at Kapiolani Community College. Congratulations to all of our students in getting the Lunalilo Scholarsh...
07/11/2017

Orientation day at Kapiolani Community College. Congratulations to all of our students in getting the Lunalilo Scholarship! It's just the beginning for these young scholars! Proud of you all!

18 more days left!Join us on July 27th at the Artistry Kakaako for a fun filled event of live music & great food as AFY ...
07/11/2017

18 more days left!

Join us on July 27th at the Artistry Kakaako for a fun filled event of live music & great food as AFY raise support to send students to Honolulu Community College for one semester!

Contact AFY at (808)833-8775 or visit us at afyhawaii.com/events to Purchase tickets. ($35 per ticket)

Hope to see you there!

07/10/2017

Coding is very teachable. After a few weeks of learning how to code, AFY students & staff taught a mini coding course to some of the other staff members and students!

Anyone has the ability to code! Within a three week span, AFY students & AFY staff completed a coding course. They were ...
07/08/2017

Anyone has the ability to code! Within a three week span, AFY students & AFY staff completed a coding course. They were able to take what they learn and also teach it to others who are foreign to coding!

Join us on July 27th at the Artistry Kakaako for a fun filled event of live music & great food as AFY raise support to s...
06/20/2017

Join us on July 27th at the Artistry Kakaako for a fun filled event of live music & great food as AFY raise support to send students to Honolulu Community College for one semester!

Contact AFY at (808)833-8775 or visit us at afyhawaii.com/events to Purchase tickets. ($35 per ticket)

Hope to see you there!

Team AFY participating in the 2017 Charity Walk!
05/25/2017

Team AFY participating in the 2017 Charity Walk!

Congratulations to Farrington High School graduating class of 2017! AFY is proud of you all!
05/21/2017

Congratulations to Farrington High School graduating class of 2017! AFY is proud of you all!

Congratulations to our Kapolei students! Job well done! 🎓👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
05/20/2017

Congratulations to our Kapolei students! Job well done! 🎓👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Congratulations to our students from Leilehua High School in graduating tonight! You guys did it!
05/20/2017

Congratulations to our students from Leilehua High School in graduating tonight! You guys did it!

Congratulations to our students that graduated from Waipahu High School last night! AFY is very proud of you all!
05/20/2017

Congratulations to our students that graduated from Waipahu High School last night! AFY is very proud of you all!

The Charity Walk is 9 days away....Please, Join Adult Friends for Youth in the Visitor Industry Charity Walk so we can r...
05/11/2017
Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation

The Charity Walk is 9 days away....Please, Join Adult Friends for Youth in the Visitor Industry Charity Walk so we can raise money and awareness for Hawaii's nonprofit organizations! Let's make a difference, together!

Join me in fundraising for Oahu's non-profit organizations through the Charity Walk, which last year raised a record $2.2 million statewide for over 350 of Hawaii's nonprofits. Find out more and donate here: http://igfn.us/vf/OahuCW/team/3_AdultFriendsforYouth

http://igfn.us/vf/OahuCW/team/3_AdultFriendsforYouthPlease, Join Adult Friends for Youth in the Visitor Industry Charity...
04/26/2017
Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation

http://igfn.us/vf/OahuCW/team/3_AdultFriendsforYouth

Please, Join Adult Friends for Youth in the Visitor Industry Charity Walk so we can raise money and awareness for Hawaii's nonprofit organizations! Let's make a difference, together!

Join me in fundraising for Oahu's non-profit organizations through the Charity Walk, which last year raised a record $2.2 million statewide for over 350 of Hawaii's nonprofits. Find out more and donate here: http://igfn.us/vf/OahuCW/team/3_AdultFriendsforYouth

Congratulations to AFY's Director of Redirectional Services in receiving a special recognition from both Governor David ...
04/21/2017

Congratulations to AFY's Director of Redirectional Services in receiving a special recognition from both Governor David Ige and Mayor Kirk Caldwell for 'Hawaii Partnership to Prevent Underage Drinking Community Action Team Nominee, Hawaii Coalition Against Sexual Assault'.

It is great to see our AFY students imparting to the next generation that violence free is the way to be!
04/14/2017

It is great to see our AFY students imparting to the next generation that violence free is the way to be!

Yesterday's signing day with MH.  After she graduates from Farrington High, a new journey awaits her at Paris College in...
04/14/2017

Yesterday's signing day with MH. After she graduates from Farrington High, a new journey awaits her at Paris College in Texas! AFY & FHS is very proud of you Moli!

AFY's Founder, Dr. Sidney Rosen was awarded The Loretta "Deliana" Fuddy Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 from the Institu...
04/01/2017

AFY's Founder, Dr. Sidney Rosen was awarded The Loretta "Deliana" Fuddy Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 from the Institute on Violence Abuse and Trauma. Congratulations Dr. Rosen!!!

This week our youth were able to connect and impact the lives of elementary school students on spring break. A big Mahal...
03/25/2017

This week our youth were able to connect and impact the lives of elementary school students on spring break. A big Mahalo to @kroccenterhi for giving our youth an opportunity to serve and make a difference in the community!

Enjoying their spring break at @kroccenterhi!
03/22/2017

Enjoying their spring break at @kroccenterhi!

Our youth reaching youth. The power of influence. Thank you to @kroccenterhi for the opportunity to give back!
03/22/2017

Our youth reaching youth. The power of influence. Thank you to @kroccenterhi for the opportunity to give back!

Just the beginning of Spring Break...beach & enjoying the different scenic views around the east side!
03/21/2017

Just the beginning of Spring Break...beach & enjoying the different scenic views around the east side!

JK and JD did an amazing job today testifying for Bill HB 693 at the Hawaii State Capitol. Good job guys!!
03/18/2017

JK and JD did an amazing job today testifying for Bill HB 693 at the Hawaii State Capitol. Good job guys!!

Introducing the AFY CBASE class to one of the many community resources; the library! 📚
03/10/2017

Introducing the AFY CBASE class to one of the many community resources; the library! 📚

Two different schools (Kapolei & Farrington) representing one Team! Team AFY! 🏀
03/08/2017

Two different schools (Kapolei & Farrington) representing one Team! Team AFY! 🏀

Friendly game of basketball with the AFY staff and AFY students on a Tuesday! 🏀🏀🏀
03/08/2017

Friendly game of basketball with the AFY staff and AFY students on a Tuesday! 🏀🏀🏀

Thank you Hawaii SBA (Small Business Association) for providing AFY students the opportunity to develop the skills of we...
03/07/2017

Thank you Hawaii SBA (Small Business Association) for providing AFY students the opportunity to develop the skills of web designing. Also, Thank You to ArTech Hawaii and No'eau Designers for partnering up with the students in allowing them to be a part of creating your company's website. They are really excited to start and can't wait for the next workshop!

Over 2,400+ kids from various middle schools in Oahu at the PEARL (Promoting Empathy, Acceptance, Respect, & Love) Conve...
02/03/2017

Over 2,400+ kids from various middle schools in Oahu at the PEARL (Promoting Empathy, Acceptance, Respect, & Love) Convention!

#WEPEARL
#WEPEARLAFY

Up and ready for the last day of the PEARL (Promoting Empathy Acceptance Respect & Love) Convention! Just want to say Th...
02/03/2017

Up and ready for the last day of the PEARL (Promoting Empathy Acceptance Respect & Love) Convention! Just want to say Thank you to our AFY students for volunteering. We appreciate your hard work!

#WEPEARL
#WEPEARLAFY

Thank you Hawaiian Electric, HEI, & Aloha United Way for AFY's very own smart car!
11/03/2016

Thank you Hawaiian Electric, HEI, & Aloha United Way for AFY's very own smart car!

Thank you Alternate Energy for your donation and continuous support of AFY!
10/21/2016

Thank you Alternate Energy for your donation and continuous support of AFY!

Kakaako Beautification Project: working side by side with the youth and the community! We want to acknowledge our partne...
10/21/2016

Kakaako Beautification Project: working side by side with the youth and the community! We want to acknowledge our partnership with IHS, The Institute for Human Services, Inc. and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii!

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3375 Koapaka St, Ste B-290
Honolulu, HI
96819

General information

AFY's multi-pronged approach and programs include: School Centered Program: Provides group and individual counseling to troubled students within their school settings. Students are referred by counselors, teachers, and principals. Neighborhood Centered Program: AFY's gang therapy program. It is Hawaii's only program that assists youth gangs as whole entities and the only gang program in the United States with a replicable therapeutic methodology. Alternative Education Program: Builds on the school and neighborhood programs, and helps school dropouts obtain an alternative high school diploma. PEARL Convention (Promoting Empathy, Acceptance, Respect and love): A student anti-bullying and violence convention serving over 4,000 students annually. Raises awareness concerning the severity of bullying while informing and educating students about the effects and consequences. Engages and inspires students to promote the message of PEARL.

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