October 31, 2022, 6:19 p.m. HST
Nineteen families – with youth and adults dressed in their Halloween costume – joined the Maui Economic Opportunity Youth Services Family Night on Friday, October 28.
The evening included a potluck, games, costume contest and an information session on the new 988 Suicide and Crisis hotline. The group also watched “Hocus Pocus 2” at MEO classrooms in Wailuku.
At the end of the evening, the parents left and the 15 young people stayed for the night. The next morning they got up early to volunteer at 49e Maui County Senior Fair at War Memorial Gym.
MEO Youth Services organizes family nights, such as the Halloween event, to strengthen family bonds between young people in its after-school programs and during the fall, winter, spring and summer holidays. Suicide awareness and prevention, as well as community engagement, are key elements of youth services programs in Maui and Moloka’i.
Youth Services programs, which also include in-school classes, are designed to provide alternative drug-free activities to increase leadership skills and protective factors against harmful and destructive behaviors. Youth participate in activities related to Hawaiian cultures and spanning environmental awareness, volunteerism, civic engagement and advocacy.
For more information about the program, which is offered free of charge with transportation provided, call 808-243-4315 or email dane.ka'[email protected]