Resilient Communities, Schools, and Families Projects

About Our Community

Resilient Communities, Schools and Families (RCSF) Partnership is a collaborative initiative that works with a cohort of Title I public schools (Mountain View El., Waiʻanae El., Pāʻia El., Hōnaunau El., and Blanche Pope El.) to drive innovation through transforming schools into holistic Community Schools with strengthened community partnerships, trauma sensitive practices, and wrap-around services. The project strengthens schools, keiki and ʻohana through relationships, activation and community.

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OUR PARTNERS & COLLABORATORS

Our Goal

The long-term goal of the Resilient Communities, Schools and Families project is to build long-term resilience, well-being and community abundance. As such, the project goes beyond families and children merely surviving difficult situations, but instead activating communities to shift systems so all can thrive. We hope to strengthen a spirit of aloha and community abundance to support the holistic wellbeing of the students of today and tomorrow. Please let us know if you can join this movement.

RCSF Team

(L-R) Allison Hanley, Community Schools Coordinator at Mountain View Elementary

Dawn Rego-Yee, RCSF Project Director

Trish Papalimu, Community Schools Coordinator at Honaunau Elementary

Maddie McKinnon, Community Schools Specialist

Missing from above image: 

Ernie Belaski-Epstein, Community Schools Coordinator at Waiʻanae Elementary

Kaipo Correa, Community Schools Specialist at Blanche Pope Elementary ame Ke Kula Kaiapuni O Waimānalo

School Partners

Community-Based Partner

Partner Roles

The RCSF Project partners to creates thriving school ecosystems that includes thriving students, activated ʻohana, engaged community partners within their unique context of place, moʻolelo, culture and ʻāina. Our community school coordinator team is deeply embedded within their school community and seeks to connect, engage and activate.

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CEEDS OF PEACE

Project Coordination, Oversee Professional Development Plan, SEL Delivery, Evaluation, Communications and Convening School Teams

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HAWAIʻI AFTERSCHOOL ALLIANCE

Lead Hawaiʻi Community Schools Coalition, Guide Community Schools, Model Integration into School Design Plans

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PAPA OLA LŌKAHI

ʻOhana Resilience Intervention with Community Health Centers and community based organizations to provide wrap around services for youth and families.

UH HILO CENTER FOR PLACE-BASED SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Evaluation, Consultation on Community Schools Integration Asset/Resource Mapping

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Strategic Communications Advocacy

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SBBH

PD School Based Behavioral Health

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KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS

Leverage Partnership Advise Resources and Partnership Strategy Project Fidelity

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The RCSF Project partners to creates thriving school ecosystems that includes thriving students, activated ʻohana, engaged community partners within their unique context of place, moʻolelo, culture and ʻāina. Our community school coordinator team is deeply embedded within their school community and seeks to connect, engage and activate. 

 

Ernie Belaski-Epstein was born and raised on the Waiʻanae Coast of Oʻahu and has been in community service to the Waiʻanae community for over 20 years. She believes in supporting keiki to create resilient people and families. 

 

Kaipo Correa comes from four generations of Blanche Pope alumni and an active parent to students who are currently attending. She has been an activator as Parent Teacher Organization President. She looks forward to strengthening partnerships to support learning and healthy, thriving communities. 

 

Allison Hanley was born in Denver, raised in Chicago and educated in Washington, D.C. She previously worked as a Congressional staffer, a Certified Lactation Consultant and parent to current Mountain View Elementary students. She is excited to engage families and expand access to resources. 

 

Madeline McKinnon is originally from Washington State and moved to Oʻahu to teach 10th grade biology and special education at Waiʻanae High School. She works to support all of the coordinators statewide and strengthen the community schools strategy through strengthening community. 

 

Trish Papalimu was born and raised in Honaunau, South Kona and is passionate about Hawaiian culture. She is an educator who is excited to connect and activate community and engage ʻāina and culture-based partners for all. 

 

Dawn Rego-Yee was born and raised in Hilo on Hawaiʻi Island. She is a mother, trainer, social worker, community activator and hula learner. She is excited to kākoʻo the RCSF team and partner schools in this transformational, community based work.