Current community grantees providing prevention programs for the Hawaii Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund.
In 2013, the Hawaii Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund and the Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) launched “Connecting for Success”, the newest three year youth tobacco prevention grantmaking initiative to strengthen the capacity and efforts of Hawaii’s public middle and intermediate schools to identify, support, and focus services on 6th, 7th,and 8th grade students most at risk of dropping out of school. The problem being addressed is poor student/school connection that leads to chronic absenteeism, low school achievement, failure to graduate and risky health behaviors. Desired outcomes of this three year effort are: increase in school attendance; decrease in retention and dropout rates; decreased smoking initiation; increase in student-perceived school connection; improved academic and social emotional learning growth; and, increase in health-enhancing behaviors. Grant awards will occur mid-summer 2013 with project initiation in September 2013. Grantees are expected to be announced in August, 2013.