NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

December 04, 2015
Honoring Dr. John Olkowski: Service to Hawaii's Youth Awardee

We are very proud and honored that Dr. Olkowski has been recognized for his service to Hawaii’s youth this past Friday, November 27, 2015 at the 29th Annual Celebration of Youth Fundraiser event, hosted by Adult Friend for Youth. “Dr. Olkowski was selected as AFY’s Service to Hawaii’s Youth recipient because of years of his dedicated support and contributions to help support AFY’s mission and cause, he is well deserving of this honor and we, at Adult Friends for Youth, are proud and excited to acknowledge him for his unconditional commitment and willingness to help Hawaii’s youth”, Mckay Schwenke Vice President of Adult Friends for Youth.

EYESIGHT HAWAII
JUNE 3, 2015
Community Connection: Adult Friends for Youth

AFY is committed to promoting safe schools and safe communities by redirecting destructive behaviors into constructive behaviors through advocacy, relationship building, nurturing, and mentoring.

HAWAII NEWS NOW
September 30, 2014
Adult Friends for Youth, Helped Him Help His Pals
By Michael Tsai
HONOLULU ADVERTISER

"It was a very, very long process," said Santiago, the 2014 Adult Friends for Youth Young Person of the Year. "I?think where we would have ended up is pretty obvious -- maybe in prison, maybe dead -- but instead we were able to come together and do something positive."

May 2014
Adult Friends For Youth Dinner
Photos By Leah Friel

Charity and cheer united at Adult Friends for Youth (AFY) annual “Celebration of Youth Dinner & Auction Fundraiser” at Sheraton Waikiki’s Hawaii Ballroom. Gifts and a grand, five-course dinner were paired with Carneros Della Notte poured by winery owner Dave Harmon. The program principals were Jordan Segundo, AFY celebrity spokesperson, MC Jan Brenner and David Goodman. Door prize and table proceeds aided the philanthropy’s more than 20-year mission to provide mental health programs and therapeutic prevention to at-risk youth.

HILUXURY 
December 12, 2012
Adult Friends For Youth Dinner
Photos By Leah Friel

Adult Friends for Youth held its 26th annual Celebration of Youth fundraiser dinner Nov. 23 at Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. The agency works with high-risk youth, redirecting them from destructive to constructive behavior to help them achieve a rewarding life and become productive members of society.

MIDWEEK
November 26, 2011
PICS: Adult Friends for Youth Silver Anniversary
Photos By Allison Vaughan

Adult Friends for Youth celebrated 25 years in Hawaii with its annual dinner and auction fundraiser at the Sheraton Waikiki on Friday, Nov. 25. The evening featured comedy by Frank De Lima, an auction conducted by Al Waterson and Corey Rosenlee and an appearance by AFY celebrity spokesperson Jordan Segundo. Jan Brenner hosted the event.

STAR ADVERTISER
July 06, 2011                  
GANG GONE
By Brandon Bosworth 
Adult Friends For Youth’s unique approach to dealing with entire gangs not individuals, and treating gangs as a mental health issue not a law enforcement issue, has about an 80 percent success rate and has helped end more than 30 gangs. Here’s how they do it ...
MIDWEEK
September 13, 2009
Students Get Another Chance
By Caryn Kunz 

Just two days after a speech by President Obama telling students that there's "no excuse for not trying" to get an education, 10 former high-risk students demonstrated their perseverance by collecting hard-earned high school diplomas in front of a crowd of tearful family and friends at McCoy Pavilion.

HONOLULU ADVERTISER
March 19, 2009 
Reaching At-Risk Kids
By Kelli Shiroma

“It has become a passion for me…I want to keep working with high-risk kids,” he says. He has spent five years with the nonprofit organization, which provides therapy and mentoring for children at risk of gang involvement, drug use or other unhealthy lifestyles.

MALAMALAMA
September 12, 2006
Same Turf, New Outlook
By Nancy Arcayna 

At times the young clients Maumalanga counsels will recognize his name. Others tell stories of the giant who ruled the streets engaging in street fights, drive-by shootings, stealing, gambling, drugs, drinking, gas bombings, racketeering and harassment -- not knowing that he is that giant.

STARBULLETIN
August 18, 2006 
GRADS HOPE TO 
MAKE MOST OF 
SECOND CHANCE
By Beverly Creamer

In four days he will be standing in a courtroom facing a prison sentence.

Yet none of that can take away the satisfaction Tumbaga felt as his name was announced, proving he had accomplished one of life's first great milestones — graduating from high school.

HONOLULU ADVERTISER

Malakai Maumalanga admits, "At 18 I went to prison for a drive-by shooting and I think about it now, it's been a long long journey."

That journey takes him to the stage to receive a masters degree in social work. "I didn't realize how far I came until right after finals then I realized I'm getting my masters."

HAWAII NEWS NOW
                  
FORMER LOCAL
GANG LEADER 
EARNS MASTERS
DEGREE AT U.H.
By Beth Hillyer
GIVING HOPE AND ALTERNATIVES TO KIDS
By Beverly Creamer
HI QOL

"We don’t believe in changing just one life, but in changing a group. Then you can change many lives.”