RYSE

RYSE

RYSE is the best organization for homeless youth because we have lived-experience, professional, and empathetic staff that truly cares for each client. We also provide a safe and appropriate place for homeless youth to not only survive but thrive.

RYSE

RYSE is the best organization for homeless youth because we have lived-experience, professional, and empathetic staff that truly cares for each client. We also provide a safe and appropriate place for homeless youth to not only survive but thrive. RYSE has a strong management team that includes an Executive Director, Accountant, Human Resources Coordinator, and a Contracts, Grants, and Fundraising Manager. The Executive Director holds an MSW, and all staff is highly qualified based on their individual job responsibilities. We have an active Board of Directors and Finance Committee that holds monthly meetings including a comprehensive financial report. Agency-wide policies and procedures are in place to ensure timely and accurate accounting functions. We are fully compliant with all current contracts and achieve our performance outputs and outcomes. All staff has an identified direct report/supervisor. Group supervision, facilitated by the Program Manager, occurs weekly and covers both administrative and programmatic issues. An evidence-based trauma-informed approach to supervision and training is used that focuses on inspiring, supporting, teaching, and challenging staff, as well as modeling and collaborating in problem-solving. At RYSE, we believe that diversity is power. Our goal is to build a workforce that champions racial equity, values different backgrounds, and celebrates unique perspectives. Attracting and onboarding a diverse workforce with lived experiences ensures we provide a welcoming environment that is broadly reflective of the larger community we serve. Our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion is how we address societal challenges. We are proud to employ people of all backgrounds who possess the talent to accelerate our vision forward to end youth homelessness. RYSE is an active member of Partners in Care (PIC) and the Continuum of Care for Oahu, Hawaii Youth Services Network, Youth Coordinated Entry System (CES), and the PIC Advocacy committee. RYSE's leadership was an active participant in the design and implementation of the state's first homeless youth CES. RYSE also played a lead role in the development of the Oahu Youth Action Board and the Coordinated Community Plan to End Youth Homelessness, serving on the Steering Committee and working alongside more than 25 stakeholder organizations.

About the Organization:

RYSE is the best organization for homeless youth because we have lived-experience, professional, and empathetic staff that truly cares for each client. We also provide a safe and appropriate place for homeless youth to not only survive but thrive. RYSE has a strong management team that includes an Executive Director, Accountant, Human Resources Coordinator, and a Contracts, Grants, and Fundraising Manager. The Executive Director holds an MSW, and all staff is highly qualified based on their individual job responsibilities. We have an active Board of Directors and Finance Committee that holds monthly meetings including a comprehensive financial report. Agency-wide policies and procedures are in place to ensure timely and accurate accounting functions. We are fully compliant with all current contracts and achieve our performance outputs and outcomes. All staff has an identified direct report/supervisor. Group supervision, facilitated by the Program Manager, occurs weekly and covers both administrative and programmatic issues. An evidence-based trauma-informed approach to supervision and training is used that focuses on inspiring, supporting, teaching, and challenging staff, as well as modeling and collaborating in problem-solving. At RYSE, we believe that diversity is power. Our goal is to build a workforce that champions racial equity, values different backgrounds, and celebrates unique perspectives. Attracting and onboarding a diverse workforce with lived experiences ensures we provide a welcoming environment that is broadly reflective of the larger community we serve. Our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion is how we address societal challenges. We are proud to employ people of all backgrounds who possess the talent to accelerate our vision forward to end youth homelessness. RYSE is an active member of Partners in Care (PIC) and the Continuum of Care for Oahu, Hawaii Youth Services Network, Youth Coordinated Entry System (CES), and the PIC Advocacy committee. RYSE's leadership was an active participant in the design and implementation of the state's first homeless youth CES. RYSE also played a lead role in the development of the Oahu Youth Action Board and the Coordinated Community Plan to End Youth Homelessness, serving on the Steering Committee and working alongside more than 25 stakeholder organizations.

organizational budget

2 MILLION - 3 MILLION

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

California • District of Columbia • Iowa • Massachusetts • New Jersey • New York • Pennsylvania • Texas • Virginia • Washington

organizational budget

2 MILLION - 3 MILLION

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

California • District of Columbia • Iowa • Massachusetts • New Jersey • New York • Pennsylvania • Texas • Virginia • Washington

The Issue:

Homelessness in Hawaii is a persistent problem.  According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, there were 6,458 people in our state without a place to sleep on any given night in 2020. Youth aged 18-24 are the fastest growing homelessness group in Hawaii, accounting for 92% of Unaccompanied Youth Experiencing Homelessness, a trend likely to increase with COVID-19 causing economic hardships and rising household tensions. Due to having one of the highest costs of living in the United States, a robust social-service safety net is imperative to make youth homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring. Why are so many Native Hawaiian youth homeless? An astounding 75% of the youth who needed assistance were Native Hawaiian or multi-racial. Additionally, 19% of the youth aged 18-24 who participated in the 2018 Street Youth Study conducted by the University of Hawaii identified as LGBTQ+. Oahu has very few shelter options to offer homeless youth designed to meet their specific needs. For those over 18, RYSE is the only youth emergency shelter; all other emergency shelters offer adult shelter services run by homeless adult service providers. These resources are often not a good fit. Many have developed a mistrust of services following negative experiences with adults and fear social service agency notification or legal intervention. The trauma of homelessness itself can be debilitating at any age, however, for these young adults, it prevents them from having quality education, jobs, and life experiences.  According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, four out of five children who were experiencing homelessness have been exposed to at least one serious violent event by age 12.  Imagine that child now on the streets as an 18-year-old, without a high school degree, identification, or any prospects of their own.  How do we expect our youth to be able to rise out of poverty without access to appropriate services?

The Solution:

Residential Youth Services & Empowerment (RYSE) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization operating youth access centers and shelter services in Kailua, urban Honolulu, and Haleiwa. We provide a continuum of support that empowers Hawaii’s street youth to move beyond homelessness. In collaboration with both government and nonprofit partners, we have expanded our original center in Waikiki to a well-coordinated and compliant multi-site system. 100% of the youth served by RYSE are homeless and representative of one or more underserved populations, including Immigrant/LEP youth from Micronesian countries, Samoa, Philippines; LGBTQQ; Native Hawaiian youth; Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals with Mental Health and/or Substance Abuse Issues; Victims of Sex Trafficking; Youth Aging Out of the Foster Care System; and Youth Offenders. Programs and Services Shelter and Housing: RYSE operates two emergency housing shelters and three housing programs for youth ages 14-24 on the island of Oahu. Offering food, shelter, showers, laundry, WiFi, hygiene supplies, and wrap-around services. Medical Clinic & Behavioral Health: The Physical Health Services include COVID support, sexual health, family planning, chronic disease management, HIV and Hepatitis C testing, eye care, and general medical services. The Mental Health Services include behavioral health counseling, group/individual therapy, anger management classes, substance abuse counseling, and treatment referrals. Education and Employment: counseling, GED glasses, driver’s license support, financial literacy courses, workforce development, paid internship opportunities, and more. Outreach and Engagement: mobile outreach team available to reach youth where they are 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. RYSE is currently developing a Modular Community Village to support the ever-expanding need in Hawaii.  This is an innovative pilot project that will house and support up to 22 youth and young families experiencing homelessness. We are planning a new village for 15 individual homes and one temporary non-dwelling unit. The village will also include common areas to build community through cooking, dining, laundry, and gathering together. This project will expand our current offerings in Kailua and Haleiwa to create more independent, dignified communities across Hawaii.

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