Young Brothers helps mold positive students

KAPA‘A — The end result is the Mokihana program helps kids function better in school, said Robert Perdue, president of the Kapa‘a Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association.

Perdue and Dr. Annie Chung, a Hawai‘i-licensed psychologist, were joined by school principal Nathan Aiwohi and Jack Yatsko, a PTSA member, in accepting a grant from the Young Brothers Community Advisory Board.

Yatsko, who wrote the grant for the program, said the YB CAB funds will be used to acquire incentives for the Mokihana program.

The Mokihana School-Based Behavioral Health Program is a specialized program available for students with behavioral and/or emotional challenges, states a press release from Chung.

The Mokihana/SBBH program provides incentives to help students become successful at school in areas of school attendance, completing school assignments and other positive behaviors.

Chung said the YB CAB grant will support the program in serving between 50 and 60 students at the Kapa‘a Middle School.

“Young Brothers continues to be such a wonderful asset to our community,” Perdue said. “This award will help deliver direct services to students who really nead this help and the PTSA is so appreciative of Young Brothers’ generosity and support.”

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@kauaipubco.com

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