Healing Young Hearts

Peer Support Groups are Provided for Same-Age Children and Youth. Parents and other Caregivers have a Group of their own. 

Peer support groups for children, teens, and their caregivers are offered each week for two hours in the evenings (6-8 pm). They are provided for children youth and caregivers who have lost a loved one and/or who have been exposed to abuse, neglect, domestic violence or other crimes.

Contact us for the current calendar. Call 545-5683 to enroll.

All peer support groups are child and family centered. They are run by trained Facilitators. Trained Mentors provide support. Each group accepts a maximum of 15 children and 15 teens.

Peer Support Group Structure

Dinner Time: Groups start with a healthy potluck dinner, then the children, teens and adults gather in separate areas. People can do much better emotionally challenging work when they are not hungry! Plus, this gives families a chance to get acquainted with each other or strengthen existing relationships.

Circle Time: Groups begin with a sharing circle. No one is forced to talk. We have an “I Pass” rule.

Play Time: After opening circle, children and teens can choose what they want to do from many available activities, which range from basketball to arts & crafts, dramatic plan, games, and more. Sometimes children prefer to go in the “Toy Room” to play. We learn a lot about what children are experiencing by watching them play. We also have a “Volcano Room” filled with large plush stuffed animals and a six-foot tall wrestling dummy. It’s a safe place for children to work through aggression. Rules for the Volcano Room and the Toy room are designed to keep the children safe at all times.

Closing Circle: We conclude group with another sharing circle.

A Message from Our Children

Community-based Mentoring Activities

Community mentoring activities are important for building and strengthening grieving families connection to other families and their communities. Activities include our signature weekend activities called, “Poi for the Soul,” “Surf for the Soul,” and “Seeds of Love.”

Other activities are organized in collaboration with various groups to engage children and family members in activities that promote positive values, increase skills, and widen the their network of support. All activities are free, teach children about healthy eating, help children with physical fitness, and include anti-drug and alcohol messages. Hawaiian culture is at the foundation of activities we choose to make available.

Peer Support Group SCHEDULE

1) Monthly peer support group for children and teens impacted by parent separation due to divorce, incarceration, domestic violence, or other causes: meets second Tuesday from 6-8 PM

2) Monthly peer support group for children and teens impacted by the death of a parent or close family member; meets first Tuesday of the month from 6-8 PM

3) Monthly peer support group for children and teens with any type of parent loss; meets second Wednesday of the month from 6-8 pm

4) Bi-monthly peer support group for children and teens impacted by the death of a parent or someone close: meets first and third Thursdays from 6-8 PM

5) Bi-monthly peer support group for Children in Care (includes foster care, kinship care, guardianship, and adoption): meets first and third Monday of each month from 6-8 PM

All groups include a potluck dinner from 6:00-6:30 PM. There is no charge for participation. We accept donations.