May 17th, 2010
Students Get Active With YETWhen school’s out in Nanakuli, students get active at the Youth Education Town center. It’s a place where dodgeball, dancing, art and music meet providing afterschool activities for these elementary-aged kids.
“We’ve given them a sense of belonging here,” said Program Director Claudia Fernandez. “They can come here to have fun, be safe and get off the streets. (We’ll) teach them resistance skills, like staying away from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.”
This is one of 14 YET programs across the nation that’s sponsored by the National Football League. With a $1 million donation from NFL, the Nanakuli YET program built an all-green facility. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs also provided a grant for the program's activities.
“This building is (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified,” she said. “Everything is on a go-green aspect.”
According to Fernandez, the YET facility is the only building on the West side of O‘ahu that’s LEED certified. It’s constructed with forty-percent recyclable materials and includes waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets and a rain catchment for the Native Hawaiian garden.
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Alyssa S. Navares, PacificNetwork.tv