Adult Friends for Youth

aka AFY   |   Honolulu, HI   |  https://www.afyhawaii.com/

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.

Ruling year info

1991

President & CEO

Mrs. Deborah L.K. Spencer-Chun

Main address

3375 Koapaka St Ste B290

Honolulu, HI 96819 USA

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EIN

99-0254581

NTEE code info

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

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This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Redirectional Therapy (RT) Counseling Program

RT is the foundation for our counseling program. It is an adaptation of Carl Rogers’ Person-Centered approach that includes trauma-informed care and develops social-emotional and coping skills. It also emphasizes academics as a path to be redirected from violence and crime in order to build a better future.

Group and individual counseling sessions are conducted both during and after school hours. Where they come from, our youth have learned to always be on edge and hypersensitive to any potential threat. Counseling sessions provide a safe space and time when youth can let their guard down and just be kids. Counseling services are effective because we hold youth accountable for what they say and do. They know that AFY will not terminate them from services even if they make bad choices, because we know true change takes time. We set high expectations and believe they can succeed, even if nobody else does.

Counseling sessions include discussions and activities. Group discussions allow members to reflect on past experiences, explore new ways of thinking, and create long-term goals. Role play activities provide a safe environment to practice new skills in real life situations. Among other lessons, the program teaches youth how to think before they act and to weigh the consequences of their behavior to prevent impulsive acts of violence. The therapy challenges the youths’ mindset to become more prosocial vs. pro-violence in a safe manner.

The program also offers “support services” to address the needs of the “whole” youth. Services include: employment, legal, transportation, restorative justice, and family counseling. Incorporated are experiential learning opportunities in the areas of: social activities, recreation/sports, education, employment/careers, culture/religion, and community service.

The RT Counseling Program ultimately creates safer schools and communities.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims of crime and abuse
Pacific Islanders
People of Southeast Asian descent

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Adult Friends for Youth

Board of directors
as of 12/3/2020
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Board chair

Mr. Brad Harrison

Retired

Term: 2019 - 2021