Sports and Fitness Program
A core value and goal of the Polestar Collaborative is to create dynamic opportunities for Youth that encourage the development of a balanced and healthy lifestyle rooted in physical fitness. By encouraging our Youth to be physically fit, we are building their inherent capacity to live their lives with commitment, discipline, and confidence. Our Youth Sports and Fitness program is designed to instill a strong foundation of understanding of the gift and importance of the human body. By targeting nutrition, strength, and endurance, our programs will help our Youth develop personal goals and positive attitudes, which will ultimately support them to reach for personal excellence.
A HUGE congratulations to these five student athletes for participating and finishing the L.A. Marathon!!!
Performing and Visual Arts Program
The goal of the Performing Arts program is to create original theater. Through the use of a vigorous curriculum, facilitated by knowledgeable mentors who have over twenty years of experience in theater, this process fosters creative thinking, collaboration, and positive communication. Through the use of individual and group activities, discussions, improvisation, and self-reflection, students will not only develop performance skills, but they will also become more confident in being open to take risks and express their authentic selves.
“In the Performing Arts Workshop I learned a lot about myself and others around me. It was a wonderful fun learning experience.”
Progress is being made on the community center mural!!!
Papa Hawaiiana is a class that incorporates the holistic learning of the Hawaiian culture through Hula (The dance of Hawai’i), Oli (The chants of Hawai’i), Mele (The songs of Hawai’i) and Hana No’eau (The crafts of Hawai’i). Students will be able to experience a little piece of each feature in order to gain a better sense of self. This is the essence of Hawaiian culture: to nurture the relationship between ourselves, our environment and one another.
Youth Apprenticeship Program
Our Youth Apprenticeship program addresses the life skills needed to prepare Youth for independent living and the world of work. Our prioritized goal and core value is to provide Puna with a highly skilled, competitive workforce. To support this mission, our Youth Apprenticeship program integrates real-world learning. Students will learn employability skills and occupational skills taught by licensed contractors and experienced, work-site supervisors. Key elements of the Youth Apprenticeship program are: skilled mentors assigned to train the students, hands on curriculum instruction, and exposure to multiple aspects of the industry.
Garden to Table Program
Our garden to table program produces fruits, vegetables, and herbs for delicious, healthy meals from our organic garden and orchard. Youth will develop the following skills: planning, planting, harvesting, and cooking. The Garden to Table program will teach our Youth how to sustain a healthy lifestyle rooted in diet and nutrition. Our resident chefs and gardeners will teach our Youth all they need to know about nutritious, organic homegrown foods.
“The culinary arts class was an eye opening, exciting experience that left me trying new things and ready to cook for the family.”
– Zanira Musa
Digital Arts & Technology Program
The Digital Arts & Technology program takes advantage of our young people’s natural attraction to the digital world surrounding them to teach the practical and responsible use of technology. The program focuses on the appreciation, creation, preservation and presentation of art, music and literature achieved through the use of new and evolving video, recording and computer based technologies. Students are taught real-world, career path skills through a combination of standard classroom instruction, one-on-one mentoring and creative group projects. The program partners with Polestar Interactive, a locally based technology company to give hands-on experience in actual recording, projection, broadcast, print, web, publishing, installation and service projects.
Come and learn about the planets. See them close-up through a telescope and learn how they move through the constellations as they revolve around the sun. See the mountains and craters on the Moon, the satellites of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn.
Learn about the stars that our ancestors used to navigate. Also learn about the Milky Way galaxy where we live and about other galaxies in the Universe.
Political Science Program
Be the change you wish to see in the world!
The focus of the Political Science program will be to allow students to work with mentors who are active participants and candidates for office at the local, state, and federal levels of government. The outcome of these relationships should be seen in growth of students interpersonal skills, increased ability to problem solve and exhibit critical thinking skills, as well as an overall understanding of how government functions that will lead to enhanced civic responsibility as a lifelong process. Some of the strategies that will be used to reach these goals are internships, discussion groups and select readings.
Community Service Learning Program
The Polestar Collaborative is a community striving to awaken students of all ages to their highest potential. Our volunteer initiative is an opportunity to serve, support, and share your talents with your community. Volunteers will design, initiate, and evaluate community service projects.