HPU Students Help Foster Children

May 01, 2012

Submitted by Courtney Jones

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University students, in collaboration with Family Programs Hawaii, recently facilitated “HeART of Our Keiki,” an art workshop for children and youth in foster care.

HPU advertising and public relations students contributed their time to this community service project April 14. More than 30 foster children between the ages of 2-17 attended.

HPU students designed the workshop activities, which included mixed media, portraits, T-shirt designs, paper templates and marble art. The students also developed promotional materials, including logos, invitations, posters and thank you cards.

For some HPU students, it wasn’t just a project, but an experience that touched their hearts.

“I really connected to this one child. It was emotional and inspirational,” said HPU student Kim Kuehnert. “It was an unexpected feeling. When I left that day, I felt a change in me.”

The artwork will be displayed in a video slideshow at the HPU First Look Mixed Media and Art Festival downtown exhibit at Café Che Pasta, 1001 Bishop St., on May 4.

Family Programs Hawaii is a nonprofit social service agency serving nearly 4,000 children in the child welfare system. Its goal is to lead children and youth to a better future. The organization empowers children and families through programs and partnerships. For more information call (808) 935-2876 or visit

Courtney Jones is a student in the Advertising and Public Relations course, ADPR 2500 Creativity. ADPR students competed to design promotional material for the event and Jones designed the winning flier.