Dawson completed the YouthBuild program in Waimanalo during his stay on the RYSE campus and celebrated his graduation with his RYSE family. Today he is an instructor with the YouthBuild program, which provides a pathway out of poverty by teaching youth construction skills through the building of community affordable housing projects.
RYSE collaborates with the Department of Education, Olomana School and Kailua High School to provide educational opportunities for its residents. In 2019, 18 youth who didn’t have a high school diploma utilized our DOE liaison to explore options. Eleven enrolled in high school, GED or credit recovery programs, three youth graduated, and 15 youth enrolled in vocational education programs or post-secondary education.