Thursday, March 31, 2011

Kokua for Japan

Come out and support Japan!

Kokua Japan is a A Benefit Concert For Japanese Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Disaster Relief. Come out and enjoy music from entertainers like Natural Vibrations, Amy Hanaiali'i, Mailani, Taimane and more! All of Hawaii's radio and TV stations have teamed up to promote and make this event happen.

It will be held on Sunday, April 10 from 12-5pm at the Hilton Hawaiian Village the Great Lawn. Tickets are only $15! There will also be a telethon to raise funds for Japan's relief effort throughout the day.

This is a great way to show our support not only for our personal community, but also for our international community. We can pull together and help our neighbors in need.

Please click here for more information about Kokua Japan. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Prudential Awards!

At the Hawaii State Capitol, four youth in Hawaii were acknowledged for their community service both in the Senate and in the House of Representatives.

They were given this opportunity through Prudential Financial, which has a program to award youth who do extensive volunteer service in their communities. Each of these young people are completely dedicated to their causes.

One young woman has raised tens of thousands of dollars for orphanages in Uganda and even for the homeless kids in her community. Another has dedicated herself to helping wildlife preservation on the Big Island of Hawaii. The young man helps at-risk youth build, repair, and maintain bikes to keep them focused on something positive.

Each of these teens have found a cause they absolutely love and continually give back to help those in need. They are daily preparing themselves for the Real World as they see the real needs of others and work to help them.

If you are interested in championing this call to volunteer, please contact us at

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mililani Middle School making a difference!

Aloha friends,

A few months back a large group of Middle School students participated in a walk-a-thon to raise funds for various charities across the island. These 8th grade students were filled with excitement to see how much money they could raise.

It was an honor to reunite with these students this month as they presented checks to the charitable organizations they raised funds for. They gave thousands of dollars to charities like Partners in Development for the homeless, an ocean clean up program, and a foster families program to name a few.

I had the chance to speak with them again about the value of service and about making this one-time event into a life-long commitment to help our community. These are the values that Ready for the Real World is all about. It is so important that our young people see the value in giving back to their communities. They must realize it can not only help someone else, but also themselves. That's why Ready for the Real World gives scholarships to young people who do extensive community service.

It's always encouraging to see youth excited about giving back to others.

You can check out the scholarships available and opportunities to serve at!

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!

Aloha Everyone!
We recently celebrated the birthday of Dr. Suess through the Read Across America program in many schools across our state. Through Read Across America, schools gather local celebrities, men and women from the area who children can look up to, and many military personnel. There are even fire fighters and police men and women who come out. Each volunteer is assigned a classroom to read a book to and talk story with the children to share about their profession and ask any questions.

It was so much fun to see many people from across the island gather together to read to our children. Kids really do look up to them and so many people in our community. We just have to recognize the impact we can make in their lives.

Keep reaching out to the children within your reach to be a role model for them!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

IHOP National Pancake Day!

March 1st was IHOP National Pancake Day! IHOP restaurants across America united to give out free pancakes in order to raise funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. They offered free pancakes and customers made donations to this cause for the whole day!

The Local radio station, KCCN FM100 promoted this event through having their morning show at one of the IHOP locations on Oahu.

The Local Radio hosts and Miss Hawaii were there to support the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Maddie is a young girl who represents the state of Hawaii as the Children's Miracle Network Miracle Child for Hawaii. She has spina bifida (a developmental congenital disorder in the spinal area) and has had over 20 surgeries, however remains strong with a smile on her face. She walks with crutches and from the looks of it is very thankful for the Kapiolani Medical Center, which is Hawaii's Children's Miracle Network Hospital. It is for children like this that we raise funds.

Maddie and her family with Miss Hawaii at IHOP

Youth Car Wash

Recently a group of teens had a car wash to raise funds for a leadership conference! They created, promoted, and participated in the entire project. It was a great success and raised enough money for all of them to participate in the conference!
Volunteering is so easy and can actually be fun! Just one car war with a group of friends can raise funds to donate to organizations like Children's Miracle Network, or to buy hygiene products for homeless children. The possibilities are endless!

Need help in creating a volunteer project? We at Ready for the Real World can help. Contact us a and we will help you make your ideas of a volunteer project a reality.