The 2016 Kaua`i Youth Report is a snapshot of Kaua`i young people from birth to workforce entry. The Youth Report provides 27 key indicators that measure youth progress, using available data that is relevant and enables a comparison with state and national data. It is intended to offer guidance to our community and policymakers seeking to identify areas of common need, and to spark collective action to help our young people succeed.
Keiki to Career Kauaʻi is launching a new project to raise literacy levels among our younger students, beginning at Kekaha Elementary School on the West Side. The Kekaha Elementary Early Literacy Project is a bold, multi-faceted and comprehensive community initiative designed to help measurably increase students’ reading proficiency over three years. The community is rallying together to support students in three critical environments.
K2C is launching an island-wide campaign to encourage families to eat more meals together and take time to reconnect. Keiki to Career partners (link to partner page) are working together to help families understand the impressive benefits of sharing more family meals.
At K2C we ask: Where are the gaps? How can we help? Each partners brings their expertise to the table and together we make progress. Some examples of our partners’ success: The Kaua`i Youth Photo Challenge was a partnership between Keiki to Career and Kaua`i Planning & Action Alliance. The Kaua`i Chamber of Commerce finds businesses to help with classroom speakers and job tours. Junior Achievement Kaua`i teaches high school students about financial literacy and careers. Leadership Kaua`i teaches high school students character and leadership skills. Our early childhood partners are planning a prenatal forum in support of expecting families, to give children a healthy start. Find out more about how your organization can help!
Keiki to Career uses data to see where the greatest needs are, to guide our actions, and to measure our results. While many of our keiki are doing well, some are falling behind before they even start. Currently, 30% of our keiki are not ready for kindergarten. By the end of third grade, a pivotal time when students will use reading to learn new things, only 60% are reading on grade level. By high school, 31% of students score average or better on the ACT, a important indicator of college and career success. To download the 2014 Kaua`i Youth Report, click here.