What are you teaching my child?
Lifeplan doesn’t actually “teach” children as much as it facilitates what they learn on their own. We follow an 80/20 rule, which means that the teens do 80% of the talking while the facilitators only do 20%.
The focus of Lifeplan is to help each teen determine their own interests, values, strengths, dreams and goals, which help him/her determine what they will do to achieve those goals and dreams.
Who is teaching my child and what are their qualifications?
Lifeplan Mentor Facilitators are trained volunteers or DOE teaching staffs that have been trained by Lifeplan Institute Hawaiʻi Island (LIHI) or the parent Lifeplan Institute of California. Oftentimes, they may utilize the help of other community volunteers or youth facilitators. Lifeplan classes cannot be held without the presence of a trained Lifeplan Mentor Facilitator.
What if I don’t have the same values as my child?
It’s always possible not to have the same values as our children. The important point is to know that these are not “Lifeplan values” being taught, they are the individual child’s.
What Lifeplan values is every child’s right to discover for themselves how to navigate the path of life, avoid the common pitfalls, and become successful, thriving adults.
How much does it cost for my child to be in the program?
Each student kit is $30, but some organizations such as schools or youth groups may sponsor your child through the program. Some groups may also ask for small contributions towards snacks or outings.
How can I help guide my child through the program?
Make sure they attend the Lifeplan classes regularly or call if they have to be excused. Talk with them about the things they did during Lifeplan class. Ask them about their dreams and help them to stay on track with accomplishing the goals they set. Talk with them about keeping up with their mentors and board of directors.
What if I can’t afford the $30 fee?
Please talk to the Lifeplan mentors about scholarships that may be available to you.
What can I do to help my child after they have completed the Lifeplan program?
Continue to ask your teen about their dreams and goals. Help them to explore their interested and network with people you know that may be able to help your teen gain experience in the field.
The materials seem very “mainland” focused and they don’t relate to us here in Hawaiʻi.
My Lifeplan materials are meant to address the universal factors that face most teens growing up in America today. Even if the exact name or picture is different, the meaning behind it still relates to multiple cultures.
In addition, LIHI would like to invest some funds and energy to see a little more of Hawaiian culture represented in the materials. As more teens enroll and we collect feedback from them, we will pursue making some of the materials more culturally relatable.
In the interim, we encourage teens and adults to create pictures that can be placed on the map to represent our culture and experiences.
How can I become more involved in Lifeplan?
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact us. Another good way to start is by contacting your teen’s Lifeplan mentor facilitator. They can give you additional information on how to determine the best fit for your schedule.
Where can I find more information about Lifeplan?
Continue to browse this site as well as our parent site www.lifeplaninstitute.org for more information.