Students at the Waianae Clubhouse of Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH) have received a much-needed boost from the Hawaiian Electric Companies today with a check for $25,000.
The funds, appropriated for the 2016-2017 school year, will be used to support the Clubhouse’s Power Hour, a dedicated after-school time for students to focus on homework or be tutored by trained staff members, allowing students to stay on pace with their peers and enter the next school day with confidence.
“Power Hour has helped me a lot,” said Tyrese Clark, a Waianae Clubhouse kid. “I use to hate math and I wasn’t very good at it. I didn’t like to do the homework, because it was hard. I was failing tests and not trying my best. But at Power Hour, Mr. Ortiz-Morales taught me how to do fractions in a way I can understand – and I made an ‘A’ on my last test.”
Power Hour at the Waianae Clubhouse began on August 1, 2016 with an estimated 65 elementary through high school student participants. Last year, the program served over 120 students throughout the school year.
“We are deeply grateful for Hawaiian Electric Companies’ generous gift,” said Tim Motts, President and CEO of BGCH. “Often coming from an underserved community and unstructured home environment, the students from the Waianae Clubhouse will benefit immensely from Power Hour to encourage academic success for a bright future.”
Statistics overwhelmingly show that nationally one in five kids will not graduate from high school, perpetuating the cycle of poverty. For low-income children, academic struggles can lead to disengagement from school and high drop-out rates. In 2015, 98 percent of BGCH high school seniors graduated with a high school diploma. Hawaiian Electric Companies’ support of Power Hour will provide youth with the opportunity to achieve their educational goals.
“We are encouraged by organizations like the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii for their unwavering commitment to improving the lives and future of the communities they serve,” said Colton Ching, Hawaiian Electric vice president – energy delivery, and BGCH board member. “Seeing first-hand the impact of their programs and hearing from the kids themselves has been so rewarding. We share BGCH’s commitment to the health and welfare of children and youth, and we are honored to partner with them in their efforts.”