Monday, May 31, 2010

Congratulations Graduates!

It's graduation season again! It's is a wonderful thing to celebrate as young people enter the next season in life.

Congratulations High School Graduates!

Congratulations College graduates!

Now that the school year is over, there are many opportunities to give back to your community this summer. For Opportunities to Serve visit our website at or e-mail Jalee Fuselier at

It's never too early...

It's never too early to get Ready for the Real World!

Want to find opportunities to serve this summer? check out our website at or e-mail Jalee Fuselier at

Monday, May 24, 2010

Dream Academy Awards Ceremony

May 21, 2010 Dream Academy Celebrated the 5th Anniversary at the Haleiwa Elementary School Awards Celebration! As we close another school year, it is great to look back on this year and see the productive year we have enjoyed together.

Dream Academy meets once ever week at Haleiwa Elementary School. We have high school volunteers and elementary school helpers who mentor girls in grades 1-3. We read, perform talent, share stories, and enjoy some outside activities as well.

We are excited to plan next year's program. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or learning more about this volunteer opportunity, check out the Ready for the Real World Website at or e-mail Jalee Fuselier at

Friday, May 21, 2010

Dream Academy 5th year Anniversary!

Dream Academy Hawaii began in 2005 at Haleiwa Elementary School as a reading and mentoring program for at-risk girls in grades 1-3. The program recently celebrated it's 5th year anniversary with the current participants in a fun-filled beach day!

Some of the participants in Dream Academy Celebrating the 5th year Anniversary!

We are so thankful for the high school volunteers that help mentor each week!

Dream Academy is in Partnership with Ready for the Real World. This program creates leaders through giving young people the opportunity to volunteer and mentor elementary school girls. It also gives the participants the skills and leadership experience to be ready for the next step in life.

If you would like more information in how to become a participant or volunteer with Dream Academy, Please visit our Ready for the Real World's Website at
or e-mail Jalee Fuselier at

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Visitor Industry Charity Walk!

On May 15th thousands of people met at the Ala Moana Beach Park to begin the Visitor Industry Charity Walk around Waikiki. Along the way, participants stopped by sponsored tents with snack and drinks and enjoyed a day while making a huge difference in Hawaii's non-profit community!

The CHARITY WALK is a statewide event sponsored by Hawai'i Hotel Association that occurs simultaneously on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai on the 3rd Saturday in May. Thousands of people participate state-wide and all the proceeds are distributed to over 200 of our local charities. Since its inception in 1978, over $21 million has been raised, helping hundreds of local charities throughout the State.

With just a little help from everyone, we can make a difference

Want to find opportunities to serve others and help some of these
great non-profits?
Visit Ready for the Real World @
or contact Jalee Fuselier at

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ready for the Real World Sponsor

Ready for the Real World is a Scholarship program rewarding individuals for community service.
This program is possible because of generous sponsors who have caught the vision to help young people to succeed! Ready for the Real World is proud to announce our Gold Sponsor, Dennis Wilson of Wilson Financial Group. His sponsorship of $3000 is greatly appreciated and has made a huge difference in the education of many.

Dennis and his wife live in California and adopted five of their seven children. He has written a book, started a church in California, and founded an orphanage in Niger, Africa. His impact in the empowerment of young people around the world has left a lasting impact.

If you would like donate or become a yearly member contact Jalee Fuselier

Monday, May 17, 2010

Ready for the Real World Recognizes Outstanding Volunteer

Lilinoe Keahi is a graduating senior from Pearl City High School. She participated in her first Children's Miracle Network on April 24, 2010 and worked hard to raise over $1,000 with the other volunteers. She desires to pursue a career in the medical field, which is why the Children's Miracle Network is so close to her heart. This is why just one fundraiser was not enough to suffice her volunteer spirit.

Lilinoe began a mission to create another fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network through getting her high school involved. She spoke with friends, teachers, and clubs to promote her fundraiser. Her determination and commitment to making a difference made it possible for other young people to get involved in serving others also.

On May 8, 2010, a group of enthusiastic high school students worked for 3 hours asking for donations from drivers, pedestrians, and all passers. With nets in hand, they raised over $700 for Children's Miracle Network.

This is an example of how one young person can truly make a difference. Thanks to the vision of one student, the empowerment of Ready for the Real World, and her dedication to a good cause, more lives can be touched at Kapiolani Medical Center.

We are so proud of all of Lilinoe's accomplishments. There is an urgent need for more young people like herself who care about their communities and desire to "be the change they want to see in the world."

It just takes one person to make many dreams come true.

If you are interested in creating a volunteer project like Lilinoe, or would even like ideas for new projects, please contact Jalee Fuselier through the contact page on

Friday, May 14, 2010

Heart Gallery Hawaii Event

Heart Gallery Hawaii is a traveling photographic and audio exhibit created to find forever families for children in foster care. It is designed to increase the number of adoptive families for children needing homes in our community.

On May 2, 2010, Heart Gallery had a fun event at Dave & Busters to recognize the foster and adoptive families in Hawaii. It was a fun time full of entertainment from the youth and a guest performer from American Idol!

Recognizing the Sponsors

The smiles on the children's faces were priceless! It was a great time to appreciate the families that give so much to the youth of Hawaii who need homes.

Heart Gallery gives hope to many youth who dream of finding a forever family to be their own.

If you would like to find volunteer or sponsorship opportunities with Heart Gallery, please visit their website Here.
You can also visit our website and contact Ready for the Real World at

Miss East Oahu, Tiffany Ibale
Miss North Shore, Jalee Fuselier
Miss Ko'olina, Caroline Chapman

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Ready for the Real World helps Children's Miracle Network!

Thanks to another amazing team of high school volunteers, Ready for the Real World was able to raise $700.94 on May 8th for Children's Miracle Network!

Thank you to all the volunteers that made this possible!

Ready for the Real World empowers young people with the tools to make a difference in their communities.

It has been shown that service activities have a unique way of developing an individual’s leadership skills, sense of community, self-esteem, and other personal characteristics.

Do you want to volunteer or apply for scholarships rewarding community service?
check out our website at
or contact Jalee Fuselier at

Friday, May 7, 2010

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to the new graduates! We wish you the best as you graduate in May of 2010!

Here are our winners of the Ready for the Real World Scholarships!


Ready for the Real World Scholarship

Graduate of Kahuku High School

Attending University of Hawaii Manoa


Ready for the Real World

Graduate of Kahuku High School

Attending University of Southern California


Ready for Real World Scholarship

Lelehua High School

Attending Biola University


Ready for the Real World

Graduate of Waialua High School

Attending University of Central Washington

Do you want to apply for a Ready for the Real World Scholarship to further your education?

E-mail Jalee Fuselier

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Honolulu Magazine- Ready for the Real World?

Check out this article!

This article shows that "based on test scores from the National Association of Education Progress, better known as the “nation’s report card,” Hawaii ranked one of the worst in the nation—47th out of 50."

More importantly, "Local executives who hire recent high school graduates are often frustrated at how many of them lack basic communication skills."

If we are going to see young people with skills for the "Real World" they need to have "Real World" experiences before they enter the work force.

Volunteer and serve others! You will help someone else, learn about yourself, develop skills for life, and become a leader.

Want help finding an opportunity to serve?
e-mail Jalee Fuselier at

Monday, May 3, 2010

Ready for the Real World helps Passion in Action

Ready for the Real World has partnered with Once a Month Church: Passion in Action for the past 5 years!

On April 25, 2010 Passion in Action on the North Shore of Oahu celebrated it's 6-year Anniversary!

The last Sunday of every month, volunteers, churches, and families gather together at Haleiwa Beach Park to help those in need. Food, clothing, and other needed items are given to Hawaii's homeless and needy. They even give away refurbished cars!

Passion in Action also provides medical care and guidance for those looking for help in rehabilitation, a home, or a job.

The people leave with stomachs full, bags full of food and needed products, and hearts full of Blessings!

If you would like to visit or volunteer at the next Once-a-Month-Church,
please e-mail Jalee Fuselier

You may also check out their website at

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Ready for the Real World helps Children's Miracle Network

Ready for the Real World is getting young people involved in fundraisers for the Kapiolani Medical Center through the Children's Miracle Network.

April 24, 2010 an enthusiastic group of volunteers raised $1,158.07!!!

This partnership gives young people the opportunity to be a part of projects reaching millions of lives each year!

Would you like to become a partner and volunteer 3 hours of your time to change a life?

e-mail Jalee Fuselier at

America's Promise: Ready for the Real World

Jalee Fuselier was motivated to create Ready for the Real World Inc. through the national organization, America's Promise.

By designing “real-world” experiences relevant to them, Ready for the Real World will, through exposing youth to service learning and career exploration, increase the motivation in young people and give them leaderships skills useful for the rest of their lives.

Volunteering is the best way to not only make a difference in your community, but also develop life-long skills and interest development that could even bring you into a career path.

Ready for the Real World looks to provide experiential learning that will motivate at-risk youth to achieve academically, pursue higher goals and see themselves as positive contributors to their communities.

How do I begin service learning? It's easy!
Talk to someone in a profession you are interested in. Ask if you can volunteer in their office or shadow them one day!