Aloha Common Grace Family,
Did you know that 11,000 of Hawai'i youth experienced at least one major depressive episode and less than half of them receive any form of mental health support in 2020? (Hawai'i State Department of Education). May is National Children's Mental Health Month and we want to recognize all our mentors for successfully sharing C.A.K.E. (Compassion, Attention, Kindness, and Encouragement) to a lonely keiki this school year! Our mentors support their mentees in being their friends by actively listening, playing, and encouraging them. By having a caring mentor by their side, the chances of children suffering from mental health related issues are significantly reduced. Our mentors really are superheroes!
Our mentoring teams across the island celebrated the end of the year with pizza, games and fun. Graduating seniors carried the tradition of wearing their cap and gowns and the kids LOVED it!
The celebration doesn't end there. For the very first time in Common Grace history, we are giving out not one, but TWO scholarships to our outstanding mentors. Kimo Welly and Krysha Alombro from Kaimuki High School were awarded The Kindness Scholarship of $1000 each. Being kind does go a long way! BIG mahalo to the Tsuha Foundation for sponsoring this scholarship.
PS. We offer our deepest sympathy to the families of the children and teachers that have passed away in the recent shooting. As an organization founded in light of the Columbine shooting, we will continue to share our mission to bring the values of C.A.K.E. to our lonely keiki. Let's continue to pray for hope and be an encouragement to others!
With Gratitude and Aloha,