Ready to Learn FAQs for Applicants

What is Ready to Learn?

The Ready to Learn (RTL) program focuses on the needs of school-aged students from grades K to 12. Initially founded in 1999 in partnership with the late U.S. Senator Daniel and Maggie Inouye, its purpose is to ensure that low-income and homeless students throughout Hawai‘i have basic school supplies for their education. In 2005, Helping Hands Hawai‘i (HHH) assumed statewide administration of this initiative, and together with our community partners, we assist approximately 7,000 students each year.

Who does this program help?

RTL works with local organizations and non-profits to identify students who need assistance, and through a referral process, students receive free educational kits for the new school year. For more information about how to become a referring organization or how to be referred, contact James Li at (808) 440-3812 or jamesli@helpinghandshawaii.org.

How can I sign my child up to participate in Ready to Learn?

Students must be referred through a participating referral organization in order to apply for the RTL program. Deadline to apply for the program is Friday, June 17, 2016. Contact your case manager to inquire if he/she can make a referral.

Who are the participating referral organizations?

Many community agencies participate in RTL and provide referrals for their clients. Contact your case manager to inquire if he/she can refer your child. Examples of agencies who have referred clients in the past include:

  • Alternative Structure International’s ‘Ohana Ola O Kahumana
  • Alternative Structure International’s Ulu Ke Kukui
  • Catholic Charities Hawaiʻi
  • Child & Family Service
  • City & County of Honolulu’s Family Self-Sufficiency and Homeownership Program
  • Domestic Violence Action Center
  • EAH Housing
  • Family Programs Hawaiʻi
  • Feeding Hawaiʻi Together
  • Hale Naʻau Pono
  • Honolulu Community Action Program
  • INPEACE
  • Kalihi-Pālama Health Center
  • KROC Center Hawaiʻi
  • Mā‘ili Land Transitional Housing
  • Onemalu Shelter
  • Pālama Settlement
  • Parents and Children Together
  • Queen Liliʻuokalani Children’s Center
  • Student Parents at Mānoa
  • Susannah Wesley Community Center
  • The Institute for Human Services
  • The Salvation Army
  • State of Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services’ First-To-Work Program
  • United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaiʻi
  • US Vets Operation Homefront Hawaiʻi
  • Waiʻanae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
  • Waimānalo Health Center

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information about how to become a referring organization or how to be referred, contact James Li at (808) 440-3812 or jamesli@helpinghandshawaii.org.

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