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.

05/31/2020
IBEW Local 1186 From Our Hearts To Yours

IBEW Local 1186 "From Our Hearts To Yours" is a one-hour long musical TV special that showcases Shawn and Lehua, Johnny Suite, Hawaiian Style Band, a rare reunion of Pure Heart, and Rebel SoulJahz. The purpose of this program is to bring awareness to three local non-profits: The Hawaii Food Bank, Blood Bank Of Hawaii, and Adult Friends For Youth. We also would like to Mahalo our members, and other essential workers, as well as have a special song never before arranged or performed , dedicated to the class of 2020 grads, especially in our membersʻ families.

Preparing for our very own “Drive-In” Graduation Ceremony for AFY’s high school graduates!!! Tune in to our ceremony on ...
05/30/2020

Preparing for our very own “Drive-In” Graduation Ceremony for AFY’s high school graduates!!! Tune in to our ceremony on FB live at 4:15 PM!!!

05/05/2020
#GivingTuesdayNow

Aloha everyone! Today is #GivingTuesdayNow. Honolulu Magazine and Honolulu Community Foundation have created Give Big Hawaii in efforts to provide assistance to non-profits in Hawaii!
Adult Friends for Youth continues to provide the proper support to Hawaii's youth through counseling services and assistance with their academics. We kindly ask for your support as well! Please visit https://www.givebighawaii.com/organ…/adult-friends-for-youth to either donate or share our story! Mahalo and we hope you all are staying safe and healthy! 😄🤙

Aloha everyone! Today is #GivingTuesdayNow. Honolulu Magazine and Honolulu Community Foundation have created Give Big Ha...
05/05/2020
Support Adult Friends for Youth in ! | Give Big Hawai‘i

Aloha everyone! Today is #GivingTuesdayNow. Honolulu Magazine and Honolulu Community Foundation have created Give Big Hawaii in efforts to provide assistance to non-profits in Hawaii!
Adult Friends for Youth continues to provide the proper support to Hawaii's youth through counseling services and assistance with their academics. We kindly ask for your support as well! Please visit https://www.givebighawaii.com/organizations/adult-friends-for-youth to either donate or share our story! Mahalo and we hope you all are staying safe and healthy! 😄🤙

Learn more about Adult Friends for Youth

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!!!

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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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