Award Winning Teen Mentoring Program

In 1990, CIA won the International Teen Serve award for Cultural Learning in San Francisco California.  Our director created and implemented a teen internship for international students that set the standards for IBM and Sutter Memorial’s internship program. From there  she was sent to Spain to direct workshops for internships for various international partnerships in the US.  

After moving the organization to Hawai'i and working closely with Island Affiliates in 2001, Magin was able to set up internship programs in Hawai'i. From 2001-2005, Magin developed practicum programs for college students to complete while working with the homeless children. Students helped to design and implement programs for both the teens and the little one's to make Project Hawai'i Teen Mentoring Summer Camp a once in a lifetime experience.

In 2003, National Youth Service Corp. Selected our teen mentoring program as a model to set the standards for service projects across the US.

CIA has won several awards for their teen mentoring program design.  Working with Reading is Fundamental, our director created the national followed “CLUB RIF” program which allows teen mentoring program to help educate the youth of tomorrow. Typically used in a school based setting, Magin took it a step further and designed the program for her summer camps.  Magin worked two years to develop this program and won awards in 2004 and 2005.  After the completion of this national based model in 2005, this teen mentoring program also won the NFL and Coca-Cola educational award to further the teen mentoring program in Hawaii. After being implemented in more schools and communities across the US, once again in 2007, this teen mentoring program won the Starbucks ABC for learning award.

In 2009, our teen mentoring program won the TEEN THRIVE national award with Great Nonprofits, as well as the CHILD NUTRITION award. After being selected for pilot projects with USDA, this camp was also awarded the CREATIVE FOOD & FITNESS award.

In 2013 Magin won the Amazing Citizens Award from 5-hour energy.

In 2015 is being presented with the Outstanding Citizen Award with the Honolulu Elks Club.

While Project Hawai'i directors are very accomplished, it is not why they do this. They are just lucky enough to be awarded for creating programs that change lives. With or without the recognition these dedicated souls will continue to create successful programs to help the future leaders of our country.

2017 Magin was also provided with the National Making a Difference Award. This is provided to 60 people in 26 countries... a very exclusive award that showcases her dedication to this program.

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Cultural Institute of America is the tour sponsor for this program, and run through Project Hawai'i, Inc.

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