What is Partners in Development Foundation?
Partners in Development Foundation (PIDF) is an IRS Section 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity incorporated in 1997, that provides a wide range of free programs in education, social services, environmental sustainability, and integrating Hawaiian language/culture for the at-risk communities in the State.

To inspire and equip families and communities for success and service using timeless Native Hawaiian values and traditions

Healthy and Resilient Communities

The Foundation strives to help families and communities overcome difficult challenges in ways that would make them, in turn, teachers and helpers of others in need. Consisting of 220 full-time employees and 74 part-time/on-call employees, PIDF has collectively served over 55,000 people of all ages, genders and ethnicities.

What types of programs do you have?
The ten programs of PIDF provide free services in the areas of education, social services, and environmental sustainability. It seeks to serve families and communities who are most needy.

Programs Chart

What impact do your programs have on people you serve?
Form the keiki to kupuna PIDF’s programs serve individuals to help them strive to attain higher goals including:

  • Successful graduation from high school and going on to higher education.
  • A sense of pride and self-worth. The youth leave our programs wanting more for themselves and their families and many return to give back to the younger generation once they graduate.
  • Successful reintegration of adjudicated youth and lower rates of recidivism. When compared against national and other treatment program facility  outcomes, the Ke Kama Pono residents who successfully graduate or complete the program reflect significantly better results in drug use relapse, school attendance, and incarceration (28% compared to the national rate of 55%).
  • Employment. Whenever possible, program participants are considered for employment as seen in the Tūtū and Me, Nā Pono No Nā ʻOhana, and Ka Paʻalana programs. Ka Paʻalana has been able to employe 8 former homeless clients (15% of program staff), a few of whom are also enrolled in college part-time with the goal of earning an early childhood education degree. These employees are the best ambassadors as their personal testimonies are an inspiration to all who hear it.
  • Increase in academic scores and development:

The following table depicts pre- and post-testing ratings for the Tūtū and Me program over a 3 year period:

TTM Chart

What makes PIDF’s programs unique?

  • Integration of Culture & Language
    Our cultural specialists conduct in-service training for all staff and help to imbed cultural values, traditional knowledge and language in all program curriculum and approaches used, to reach the children and families with an approach that is meaningful, valuable and applicable. Combining this approach with the Western model of education sets Native Hawaiian students up for educational success where they were previously at a disadvantage, and brings pride and a renewed sense of self-worth to the many Native Hawaiian and other indigenous clients served.
  • Supporting the ʻOhana
    Recognizing that the health of families and involvement of caregivers plays an integral role in the growth of an individual, PIDF’s early childhood education and Safehouse programs not only require participation by the caregiver/family but also provide support, training, and education throughout the process.The integration of our host culture’s values and traditions as well as involving families/caregivers, mentors, teachers, and other key community members in the process, has contributed to the long term success of the individual and our programs. This holistic approach builds on the strength and the health of the individuals and their families, as well as the community.
  • Proven Quality Services & Success of Programs
    PIDF believes in providing quality, evidence-based services to those in need. Many of our programs are evaluated externally quarterly and/or annually to: monitor program/client progress, ensure successful achievement of outcomes, measure efficacy, and make improvements as needed.

Some accomplishments from the past few years:

Replication of Program Nationwide by YMCA. The YMCA of the USA approached PIDF in the fall of 2011 to assist them in developing a modified Tūtū and Me model called the Early Learning Readiness Program. The program continues to grow and currently has over 100 sites throughout the country. It has become one of the YMCA’s three signature programs to address academic gaps amongst the nation’s most disadvantaged youth and the site staff have reported seeing impacts in the program and family dynamics.

NAEYC Accreditation. In March 2013, Ka Paʻalana Homeless Family Education Program earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. The Ka Paʻalana program is believed to be the first preschool in the nation that serves the homeless to receive this accreditation.

Jerlean E. Daniel, Ph.D, executive director of NAEYC, stated, “The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for child care centers and other early childhood programs. Having earned NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that Ka Paʻalana is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education.”

Generations United in 2013 Innovation Award. On August 1, 2013 in Washington, D.C., PIDF received the Innovation Award from Generations United, an international advocacy organization , as part of the Intergenerational Pathways for Strengthening Communities. This award honors an individual/organization that has made an outstanding contribution to uniting the generations through creative and exemplary practice/policy.

Ka Baibala Hemolele. In August 2012, Ka Baibala Hemolele was made available and is the first time that the Hawaiian language Bible has been formatted and printed with diacritical marking. The original translation from 1839 played a significant role in the development of the Hawaiian language as a written language, and continues to be a major linguistic, cultural, and spiritual resource for the Hawaiian community and Hawaiian language students throughout the world. In August 2014, the bilingual New Testament was released with parallel Hawaiian/English text, to reach a wider audience and increase teaching and understanding of the Bible and the Hawaiian language.

Successful Adult Education Classes. In May 2014, 72 adults received their high school equivalency diploma from Nā Pono No Nā ʻOhana’s adult education night class. Previously, the highest number was 3 participants in another adult education program serving the area for years. The adults have been very grateful for this opportunity as the classes are free; many would not be able to afford enrolling in traditional fee-based classes.

Significant STEM knowledge gain. In 2009, the Social Science Research Institute presented Tech Together’s data findings at the Annual Hawaiʻi Pacific Evaluators Association Conference as “exhibiting the highest achievement in knowledge gained of any project they have ever evaluated, “with a knowledge gain of 23%. In 2013, the knowledge gain increased to 83%.

How are PIDF’s Programs implemented?

Program Implementation

How are your programs funded?
PIDF is supported primarily by federal grants and a few State contracts and donations.

Funding Pie Chart

What’s next for PIDF?
Programmatically, PIDF is always examining the effectiveness of its programs and also researching other needs in the community and looking to address those needs, such as accessibility of kupuna (or elder) care resources, affordable housing, food self-sufficiency in Hawaiʻi, and more. PIDF is well aware that living in an island state means limited resources and therefore it has incorporated teaching and hands-on learning of the natural farming techniques within some of its programs. So far, this method has been taught to low income housing residents as well as the residents in our Ke Kama Pono Safehouse program who take pride in successfully cultivating products.

With PIDF’s cornerstone commitment to evaluation and assessment and fiscal responsibility and transparency, it is able to maintain strong programs and develop other needed programs with thoughtful and carefully planned designs.