Maui Business

MEO Receives Youth Services Support from Young Brothers

December 13, 2012, 10:22 AM HST
* Updated December 13, 2:54 PM
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Lyn McNeff, chief executive officer, MEO. Courtesy photo.

By Sonia Isotov

Maui Economic Opportunity is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from Young Brothers and Hawaiian Tub and Barge to provide food purchases for their Youth Services Prevention and Education program.

MEO’s Youth Services Prevention programs utilize evidence based curriculums to educate youth about the dangers and consequences of underage drinking, substance and tobacco use, cyber bullying, and teen suicide.

“MEO is very fortunate to receive this funding which will be used to supplement the Youth Services Prevention and Education program providing healthy, nutritional snacks for the youth. Most grants do not allow for food purchases, which makes this funding so important,” said Lyn McNeff, the chief executive officer of MEO, in a written statement.

“Many youth participating in the afterschool and out of school service sessions arrive hungry. The Young Brother funding will really help.”

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The programs are peer led, providing a comprehensive educational, age appropriate learning experience for students in their classrooms during school hours, as well as a family component that involves student and family homework and family strengthening events.

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The out-of-school portion of the program focuses on service learning, teaching life and career skills, and utilizing gender specific programming to enhance the in-school curriculum.  During this grant year, the program will serve more than 450 Maui island middle and high school students, grades 6th to 12th and their families.

The Community Advisory Grants of Young Brothers, Ltd. (YB) and Hawaiian Tug & Barge (HTB) during the 100 plus years in business, has supported numerous community needs over the years. Since the program’s inception in 2001, HTB/YB contributed a total of $503,150 to over 480 non-profit organizations throughout the state of Hawaii through this gift giving program.

For more information about MEO Youth Services Programs, please contact Donna Borge at (808) 249-2990.

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