Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014 Graduate: HAPI-YEP Memories

HAPI-YEP is what the name implies, it “ups, your happiness.” And with that statement, I can definitely say my experience in the HAPI-YEP afterschool program has definitely aided me in my success and comfort ability beyond the secondary schooling system.

Besides closely tying with the OCAPICA program and scholarship, HAPI-YEP assisted me by providing tips and techniques to help in the academic realm. I recall several times a journal entry referring to essay writing skills and the reasons to not procrastinate, something I needed to reaffirm my need to change my poor academic habits. Furthermore, I also recall several mental health workshops where professionals in the fields of psychology and mental wellness would come and provide macro-evaluations for the program in a whole to question and solve problems relating to stress and inner distraught. Above that, the program’s staffers were the most motivating, kind-hearted, and understanding people I have ever met in my high school experience. Not only did they listen to my problems and responded, but they would always make sure that I felt comfortable and safe. I would say in the more physical world, they helped me… especially with my hunger! Yes, they provide snacks, and yes they are healthy alternatives to the nutrition-less snacks found in my home’s cupboard or cafeteria. In the larger schemes of things, this helped me to realize that snacks CAN be HEALTHY and taste YUMMY, and eating better to make myself feel better and work more efficiently is not an option, but a very giving lifestyle.

Beyond high school, HAPI-YEP provides me a safe haven for me to return to. I find myself visiting the program every time I find myself back on campus running errands or coaching. As I mentioned, the staffers are very welcoming and accepting, and my company never feels like it’s unwanted. Although my experience was quite short, I would say that the program itself is unlike any other program on campus. I felt motivated, pushed, and comfortable in HAPI-YEP and would have loved to be a part of the program a lot sooner.

The skills and connections I have procured in this program is everlasting and to be able to see it still on campus working strong makes me feel better about the future of Magnolia HS because for so long in my high school career I longed for an experience that would invigorate my mental/emotional standing while still making sure I strived for bigger and better. And many people might think, “How can an afterschool program provide this magnitude of help?” I would say I didn’t realize the fruits that the program bore me while I was there, but surely the positive habits were forming and are continuing to stick with me even in college.

All in all, the program provides helpful advice for academic success, fun physical activities to help you be active (except when it’s 95 degrees or higher outside), and an environment for safe self-expression.

Kelvin, 2014 OCAPICA Scholar


2014 Graduate: My Second Home

At first they lured me in with their delicious snacks, the fun activities and the relaxing atmosphere. And then it became a habit, going straight to HAPI-YEP after school, learning new things from workshops they held every once in a while and just relaxing with friends, it became a home to me. OCAPICA has opened up to me so many opportunities and provided me not only with financial help, but support and guidance as well. They helped me transition from being a high school student to a college student, provided workshops that dealt with wellness, stress management, getting involved in the community and much more. I’m really grateful that I was introduced to OCAPICA, because I honestly think that without it, many things would have been different and I would have struggled more. I can proudly say I am an OCAPICA Scholar.

-Hana Ahmed, 2014 Scholar, University of California, Riverside, Biology Major


2014 Graduate: HAPI-YEP Memories

Hello! I’m a graduate of the  class of 2014 and  I have attended a great after school-program called HAPI-YEP. I have been in the program from the end of my junior year to all of my senior year of high school. I remember going in my junior year HAPI-YEP was held at Mr. Turners old small mini-mule lighten  room and now the program is on a bigger and brighter room. The good old times. 🙂 Although now I have started attending college, HAPI-YEP still resonates whiten me. All those cherish memories that I have made with the HAPI-YEP staff to the good news friends I have made in HAPI-YEP. I especially remember  celebrating the staffs and students birthdays. We will all pass a birthday card around trying to get everyone to sign it without letting the birthday boy/girl know. It was fun being sneaky, but in the end of the day your looking forward to their expression when they receive the birthday card and the joy that comes out  of it. I also remember the workshops. I myself being a sporty person will be looking forward to it. I will never forget those times where the staff will help me on my homework and giving advice on college. As well as my friends.

 I hope that HAPI-YEP can be your second home were you can cherish precious memories like I did.

Jasmin, 2014 OCAPICA Scholar

Holiday Celebration

HAPI-YEP kicked off winter break with a potluck!  We also gave our students HAPI-YEP jackets for being part of the program!  Check out the wonderful celebration we had for our youth!

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Hip Hop Dance Workshop

Check out our HAPI-YEP Students participating in a Hip Hop Dance Workshop facilitated by Hannah.  This workshop would not have been possible if it wasn’t for our community partner, VAALA.


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