STAND. COM. REP. NO.  233-16


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2016


RE:   H.B. No. 1789




Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2016

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Human Services, to which was referred H.B. No. 1789 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to better prepare Hawaii's youth for future success by establishing a standardized framework and funding mechanism for after-school programs in public middle schools.  Specifically, this bill:


     (1)  Statutorily establishes the Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture, and Health (R.E.A.C.H) program with the Office of Youth Services;


     (2)  Specifies the powers and duties of the Office of Youth Services with regard to the R.E.A.C.H. program and requires an annual report to the Legislature on the implementation of programs and use of funds under the R.E.A.C.H. program; and


     (3)  Authorizes the Office of Youth Services to establish program requirements and fees to be assessed to each participant for the cost of administering and operating the R.E.A.C.H. program.


     The Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Office of Youth Services, State Public Charter School Commission, Hawaii Youth Services Network, Family Programs Hawaii, Kanu o ka ‘Aina New Century Public Charter School, Hawaii Afterschool Alliance, Waialua Intermediate School Afterschool Learning Center, and several concerned individuals supported this measure.  A concerned individual commented on this measure.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Human Services that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1789 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Education.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Human Services,