Youth Services Program Strengthens Family at ʻOhana Night

April 6, 2022, 8:37 a.m. HST

La’akea Wells takes a photo of a family at Maui Economic Opportunity Youth Services’ Ohana Night on March 24. The photo will be transformed into a puzzle that families can put together. PC: MEO

Fourteen families — 65 people in total — joined the Maui Economic Opportunity Youth Services Ohana Night and enjoyed a meal, took a family photo and played Outburst on March 24 at the MOE in Wailuku.

Maui County Tobacco Free Coordinator Mary Leyva also spoke to the group about the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping.

The evening opened with dinner, an activity that studies show strengthens families. Then they played Outburst with winning families choosing different board games to take home, which fosters bonding.

Each family took a picture together which will be turned into a puzzle for the next family strengthening activity. Families will work on the puzzle together, record their progress, and have the puzzle framed.

MEO Youth Services runs suicide, bullying, substance abuse and smoking prevention programs for middle and high school youth in Maui and Moloka’i. Programs are offered at school, after school and during extended school breaks and include community service, leadership, cultural and career-oriented activities with the goal of reducing risk factors for youth and strengthen families.

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For more information on youth services, call 808-243-4315.

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