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About

Our goal is to provide 3,000 additional children with compassionate mentors by 2025.

We are a small 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Hawai'i that facilitates partnerships between public schools, business, civic, and faith-based communities to provide mentors for highly vulnerable children. Since 2002, we have helped over 3,000 children. ​

Many of the children we work with are lacking stability in their lives. They may be experiencing homelessness, constant moving due to military placement, inadequate education, incarcerated family members, single-parent homes, drug/alcohol abuse, food insecurity, language barriers, cultural differences, discrimination, and few resources/assets. Some students we work with experience bullying or ostracization from peers. These students are referred to our program with the help of teachers and counselors, who believe the child could benefit from the personal attention from a mentor who truly cares for their well-being.  

 

The structure of our mentoring sessions is one-to-one. During the school year, mentors commit to meeting with a student for one hour, once a week at a designated location. 

We are supported by the state of Hawaii Department of Education Superintendent, and we received the Partnership in Education Award in 2007. 

Letter from the Executive Director

Aloha Common Grace 'Ohana!

 

Our mentors and elementary and middle school students have been meeting in person since the second semester of the 2021-2022 school year. Although it was challenging in the beginning of the year, students are able to see their teen and adult mentors face to face on a weekly basis. 

 

When you are able to, I encourage you to contact us at commongraceofhawaii@gmail.com and schedule a visit to see how mentoring sessions are actually done. They are fun and lighthearted. Mentors and their students play Connect 4, football, and basketball or run in the playground, color, and just have conversation. They look each other in the eyes and read each other's body language. It is such an amazing experience to see relationships building between mentors and mentees. 

 

We will be having a spring break activity across our school partnerships. During this activity, we expect the bond between mentors and their students to strengthen and be memorable. Please pray for success for the mentors and students. As spring is approaching us, remember that Common Grace is about seed planting and relationship. Please pray for success in both aspects. 

 

We hope you have a fun spring. Have fun, be healthy, and be safe!

Mahalo,

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Aries Jackson  |  Executive Director

Our Staff

Aries Jackson

Executive Director

Emily Ta

Program Coordinator

Sofia Matias

Outreach Coordinator

Jessica Zagami

Administrative Assistant

Chari Horton

Communication &
Program Assistant

Our Board of Directors

Brady Giusta

Board Member

Sally Manglicmot

Treasurer

Vehia Goo

Chairman of the Board

Jay Jarman

Founder & Board Member

Joe Passentino

Board Member

Jane Toyama

Board Member

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Tom Stirling

Board Member

Bill Rhey

Board Member

Board of Directors Emeritus

Ron Arnold

Ray Sugai

Susanne Millard

John Nelson

Advisory Board

Melinda Mullis

Salita Storey

Lisa Herring