ASYMCA Hawai`i is unique in that we have three outreach centers, all of which are located on military bases. We also have a field site located in a multi-military housing development. Having these various locations makes it easier for us to bring our programs to all the branches of service; Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and National Guard.
Operation Hero is a program provided to military school-age children. It is offered at all three branches: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wheeler/Schofield, and Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Operation Hero is designed to address challenges faced by many military children (feelings of isolation, feelings of self-doubt, frequent or long-term deployments by one or both parents and academic difficulties due to frequent moves). This program promotes social responsibility through team-building activities and targets children in grades 2-6. The dedicated facilitator takes the time to interact with the children on a one-on-one basis as well as in a group setting. This targeted method is believed to be the key to the program’s success.
Operation Kid Comfort is offered through all three branches: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wheeler/Schofield, and Marine Corps Base Hawaii. This program provides children of deployed service members a quilt or pillow with pictures of the deployed service member and the family. This program is designed to comfort and help children during the deployment. We have wonderful volunteer quilters who meet once-a-month to sew these quilts and pillows. To request a quilt or pillowcase, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Food Pantry is located at the U.S. Army Schofield Barracks/Wheeler Army Airfield and Marine Corps Base Hawaii branches. It is a much needed program that helps to support those military families who are in need. The caring staff at the Food Pantry welcomes these families and provides them with food at no cost. The Food Pantry is stocked by donations and food drives. Our next Ohana Food Drop is on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam on Wednesday, March 28. Please call our branch office at (808) 473-3398 for more information.
Parent Participation Preschool is provided by our Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, U.S. Army Schofield Barracks/Wheeler Army Airfield and Marine Corps Base Hawaii branches. It is a program designed for parents to help their child(ren) transition from home to school while working side-by-side with them. Our dedicated teachers and teachers’ aides provide a stimulating, safe and nurturing environment which helps to give children a positive beginning to their education. Children must turn three by the end of December to be considered for the current school year. We are now enrolling for our Summer Session. If your child is already enrolled in Parent Participation Preschool, your intent form is due in April. Please speak with your child's teacher for more information.
Children’s Waiting Room – The Children’s Waiting Rooms are located at the Tripler Army Medical Center, Schofield Barracks Army Clinic. The staff at these locations provide a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for children to wait while their parent or sibling has a doctor’s appointment. It is open to all branches of the military.
Playmorning is a popular program that provides an environment for parents to bring their children to a nearby community center for a time of craft, free play, storytelling and singing. Playmorning promotes social skills, creativity, literacy and fine & large motor skills for children 0-5 years old. This program is provided through our Armed Services YMCA Hawai`i, Kaneohe Branch on Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
Fun and educational camps are hosted during the summer for students up to age 13. One of our highlight camps is the special STEM and robotics camp where children are introduced to the world of building, programming, and testing robotics. The camp culminates with an exciting competition between robots. Camp Hero is also a favorite for many of our children. Camp Hero is for children up to age 12. Registration for our summer camps begins on March 19.
Operation Ride Home
Bringing Families Together
The Armed Services YMCA, in partnership with Jack Daniels, brings troops home for the holidays with Operation Ride Home. Eligible service members and their families recieve funding towards travel from their duty station to spend time with their loved ones back home.
As a precursor to preschool, Early Learning Readiness (ELR) is a research based community program that administers a two hour structured learning course for children ages birth to three years and their caregivers.
ELR presents children with high quality physical, emotional, and cognitive experiences and arranges the opportunity for children and caregivers to engage in interactive learning activities and centers that promote vocabulary, math, and listening skills. With caregivers as a child’s first teacher, this instruction will equip them with the confidence, tools, and support they seek to ensure their child embarks on the journey to preschool ready to learn. This program is available through our Armed Services YMCA Hawaii Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam and Wheeler Branches.
“Is your child struggling in school? Do they need extra help in core subjects? We provide an opportunity for your child to learn in a small group environment through hands on activities. We offer on a rotating basis; math, art, science, language arts, and geography. Call the Armed Services YMCA of Honolulu to see which subject matter is coming up.”