Over the past 4 years, the HAPI-YEP program has worked with over 100+ students throughout Magnolia High School in Anaheim, CA. This year, our cohort of students, who we’ve worked with since they were freshmen through a specialized English course APAC, have graduated and will be attending various universities and colleges in the fall!!
To all our community partners, thank you for your continued support over the past 4 years. We couldn’t have done without you!
As the HAPI-YEP program comes to an end, we would like to congratulate all our students for their accomplishments over the past 4 years.
To our OCAPICA students, this journey has always been about you. We’ve seen you all grow into socially conscious individuals, critical thinkers, empowered leaders, and change agents. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey. You are the definition of success. As you begin this new chapter of your life as young adults, we want you to know that you are important and you matter. We are excited to see the greatness all of you will bring into the world. Oh! The places you will go!
Congratulations to the class of 2017 and we wish you all the best!!
On April 13th and 14th, we took our students to the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center to participate in a college transition retreat. Since most of our students are graduating, we decided that instead of taking them on a college field trip we would support our students by helping them transition to college.
As part of the retreat, students participated in numerous workshops such as learning how to create their college schedule and a panel of folks who work at the colleges and universities. We also had our students participate in physical activities such as the ropes course and zip lining as a metaphor for learning to take risks and being excited about their futures.
This week HAPI-YEP & Allied Health Academy partnered up to educate the students about the effects of smoking tobacco products. They were given a brief overview about the health risks associated with smoking and gained a better perspective about the risks of vaping/e-cigarettes. Students were able to voice their opinions by “telling” smokers (strangers, family, and/or friends) how they feel about smoking.
This week at HAPI-YEP, we celebrated Lunar New Year which is this Saturday, January 28th.
In honor of the New Year which will be the year of the Rooster, students wrote their wishes for the new year and added them to our Wishing Tree, stuffed and handed out red envelopes to their fellow classmates, ate oranges for good luck, played a Lunar New Year trivia game and enjoyed traditional new year games.
Exercising was incorporated into the traditional new year games the students played, which included Bo cua ca cop (a Vietnamese New Year game). In order for the students to participate in each round of the game, they had to do push-ups or squats. We played the game for over an hour!
From all of us at HAPI-YEP we wish you a Hapiy and Prosperous New Year!
Completing the FAFSA/CA DREAM application is an important part of creating a college-going culture. We challenged our students to complete their FAFSA/CA DREAM by December 2016. We are proud that the students in our program have completed their FAFSA/CA DREAM and are all college bound! For their hard work, we provided the students with lunch and celebrated their many successes over the years.