Kupu receives $450K grant from Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation for youth community program

Pacific Business News

The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation donated $450,000 to Kupu for its Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps Community Program on Friday, right before the end of its annual youth summer program.

"This will impact and change the lives of the youth in Kupu's programs, especially as it relates to workforce development and job training," Tertia Freas, Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation's executive director, told Pacific Business News.

The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation awards financial grants to people and organizations with the expectation that recipients will use the funds to contribute to creating a better society. Kupu’s leadership — as well as summer, community, culinary teams, and youth program participants — received the check at a ceremony on Friday.

The grant will fund Kupu's community program, which serves 16-24 year-olds who have either dropped out of high school or are unemployed.

The program, which started in 2008, uses conservation to offer hands-on work experience where students can work toward obtaining their GEDs, and secure employment prior to graduation.

"[The program] really develops the person as an individual, making them show up on time, develop work ethic and so on," Kaulana McCabe, program manager, said in an interview with PBN.

Serving about 20-30 students a year, the program has grown from an 8-week class to a three-phase, 25-week immersive experience. The program includes classes, opportunities to go out into the field, and an employment component that allows participants access to jobs.

The grant money will used for staff salaries, since it is a direct service program, and supplies such as meals, classroom supplies, and travel for participants.

Besides being funded from private foundations such as the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation, the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps Community Program is also funded by government, county and state grants, as well as corporate donations.

"We hope to greatly impact the lives of these youth, to offer more support to them, and develop them as individuals," McCabe said.


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The foundation has made grants to the following organizations

* Includes COVID-19 Emergency Funding

  • AccesSurf
  • After-School All-Stars Hawaii
  • Aloha Harvest *
  • Aloha Medical Mission
  • American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Armed Services YMCA of Honolulu
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii
  • Blood Bank of Hawaii
  • Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii
  • Catholic Charities Hawaii
  • Ceeds of Peace
  • Chaminade University
  • Child & Family Service
  • Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii
  • Damien Memorial School
  • Diamond Head Theatre
  • Domestic Violence Action Center *
  • DreamHouse Ewa Beach Charter School
  • EPIC ‘Ohana, Inc.
  • Family Promise of Hawaii *
  • Feeding Hawaii Together dba The Pantry *
  • Girl Scouts of Hawaii
  • Habitat for Humanity Maui
  • Habitat for Humanity West
  • Hale Kipa
  • Hanahau‘oli School
  • Hawaii Autism Foundation
  • Hawaii Food Bank *
  • Hawaii High School Athletic Association
  • Hawaii Island Adult Care, Inc.
  • Hawaii Literacy
  • Helping Hands Hawaii
  • Hilo Medical Center Foundation
  • Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha
  • Holy Family Catholic Academy
  • Holy Nativity School
  • Honolulu Advertiser Christmas Fund
  • Honolulu Habitat for Humanity
  • Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Honolulu Theatre for Youth
  • Ho'ōla Na Pua *
  • Hospice Hawaii
  • Hospice Maui
  • Kaimuki Christian Church and School
  • Kauai Community Health Alliance
  • KAMP Hawaii
  • Kauai North Shore Food Pantry
  • Kids Hurt Too Hawaii
  • Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services (KKV)
  • Kukui Childrenʻs Foundation *
  • KUPU
  • Le Jardin Academy
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Malama Pono Health Services
  • Mary, Star of the Sea Early Learning Center
  • Maryknoll School
  • Maui Food Bank *
  • Medical-Legal Partnership for Children of HI
  • Mental Health America of Hawaii
  • Mid-Pacific Institute
  • Na Loio
  • Newman Center at UH
  • ‘Ohana Komputer
  • Pacific Survivor Center
  • Palama Settlement
  • Palolo Chinese Home
  • Parker School
  • PBS Hawaii
  • Project Vision Hawaii
  • Punahou School
  • Re-use Hawaii
  • Rehab Hospital of the Pacific
  • Sacred Hearts Academy
  • Saint Francis School
  • Saint John the Baptist Catholic School
  • Saint Louis School
  • Sounding Joy Music Therapy
  • Special Education Center of Hawaii
  • St. Francis Healthcare Foundation of Hawaii *
  • St. Joseph School (Hilo, Hawaii)
  • St. Theresa Church (Maui)
  • Star of the Sea Parish
  • Straub Foundation
  • The Arc in Hawaii
  • The Children’s Alliance of Hawai‘i
  • The Food Basket *
  • The Institute for Human Services, Inc.
  • The Nature Conservancy Hawaii
  • The Salvation Army, Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division (KROC Center Hawaii) *
  • The Windward Spouse Abuse Shelter
  • University of Hawaii Foundation *
  • Variety School of Hawaii
  • YMCA of Honolulu