We match at-risk youth with volunteer surf mentors and use surfing as a metaphor for how they can live better lives. Surfing is a metaphor for life. Waves come and go – We learn to respond with courage, balance, and joy.
We call our youth “Champions in Training”. Despite their challenges and hardships, their spirits shine through. Check out some of their art works and talents!
Our volunteers are the heart of our programs. The connections they make with at-risk youth inspire their belief in finding a productive place in society. Please consider offering a little of your time.
If you’re looking for a way to support youth at risk, and don’t have the time to be a mentor, please consider making a donation to help keep our programs running.
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Hawaii’s Youth Crisis
- More than 5,000 youth are in Hawaii’s juvenile justice system
with fewer than 65 juvenile probation officers.
- Hawaii’s female juvenile arrest rate is nearly 50% higher than the
- 77% of female and serious juvenile offenders in Hawai‘i have
81% are chronic truants. 83% have negative peer groups.
- 1 in 8 Hawaii public high school student drops out or fails to graduate.
95% of adjudicated youth drop out when re-entering school.
- Drop outs are likely to be unemployed, live in poverty and
in poor health and are 8 times more likely to wind up in jail.
- It costs Hawaii Taxpayers an average of $152,000 to
incarcerate one youth for one year.
- The cost to society for each dropout who moves to a life of
- crime or drugs is between $1.7 and $2.3 million.
The Mentoring Solution
Mentor programs specific to at-risk youth have shown that a relationship
with a reliable, caring adult who nurtures the youth’s positive growth and
development is key to helping to break the chain of criminal activity.
Delinquent youth, and those at high risk for delinquency,
who are mentored are:
- 58% less likely to be rearrested.
- Less likely to respond to social conflicts with fighting and
- 33% less likely to hit someone.
- 70% less likely to initiate drug use, and 27% less likely to
- initiate alcohol use.
- Skip half as many days of school.
- 32% of teens polled said they need someone else to motivate them.
Sources: Crime Time by Safe Place; Hawai‘i State Dep’t of the Attorney General; “The Silent Epidemic” (Bridgeland; Dilulio, Jr. & Morison, 2006), Hawaii State Youth Services, U.S. Dept. of Justice OJJP Delinquency Prevention Bulletin (April 1997), National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of or At-Risk (September 2006), American Family Research Council, “Parents Fight ‘Time Famine’ as Economic Pressures Increase,” Linda Lyons, “Most Teens Find Motivation Within Themselves,” Gallup Poll Tuesday Briefing, February 10, 2004, www.gallup.com/content/print.asp?ci=10561)