On Oʻahu alone, there were 69 Title 1 elementary schools in the 2016 – 2017 school year. Title 1 public schools are given federal financial assistance because 40% or more children are from low-income families. Many of the students we work with come from unsupportive or discouraging households. Some parents simply don’t have the time to give their children any attention. A child that seeks attention needs attention.
Mālama Mentors spend an hour each week with a child they are specially matched with–10 minutes listening, 20 minutes reading and doing homework, and 30 minutes playing. Through our program, these children can get special one-on-one attention with a mentor who genuinely cares for their health and well-being. These children crave and need healthy attention. We meet this need.