Ka Pa‘alana’s comprehensive family education program utilizes a four-component approach—Adult Education, Parent Time, Children’s Education, and Parent and Child Together (PACT)—to help families attain success and economic self sufficiency. Most of the parents enrolled in Ka Pa‘alana spend the majority of their time concentrating on their children’s development, and tend to neglect themselves at the risk of appearing even a little selfish. But it’s when parents assume their role as head of the household and their child’s first and most important teacher, and when adults focus on furthering their educational and family goals that the family begins to find success.
On January 22, 2013, parents enrolled in Ka Pa‘alana’s adult education component attended the Job Quest employment fair at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. It was an amazing event full of job seekers and local employers who were seeking to hire qualified individuals. In preparation for the fair, Ka Pa‘alana staff helped parents prepare their resumes and practice their interviewing skills through its adult education classes. All of the hard work put in by our parents were validated when many of them received interviews and potential job offers on the spot. Parents who had prior work experience were able to put their resumes in with staffing agencies so they could continually receive job offers down the line. The confidence and smiles worn by our parents were a perfect representation of what they have accomplished not only for themselves but for their children and community. Ka Pa‘alana is extremely proud of all its parents!
**At the time this article was written, one parent got a confirmed job offer and several were called back for interviews.