Welcome to the HOWA Family Center!
...Just what is HOWA anyway?
- (interj.) An Ojibwe expression of praise or amazement.
- (noun) Family Center serving the communities of Hackensack, Onigum, Walker and Akeley since 1996.
We are a family-friendly organization that is committed to equipping children, families and communities with the tools and resources needed to thrive! HOWA provides additional support to parents/guardians as well as guidance and friendship for children through our Kinship Partners mentoring program. The Family Center recognizes our youth are our most valuable resource— we seek to empower them to become leaders and role models themselves through Kinship Buddies Peer to Peer Mentoring. Finally, we understand the importance of community and intergenerational relationships. Kinship CommUNITY seeks to create opportunities for all ages to come together to learn from one another—whether during a volunteer food drive, or an informal fishing trip—we seek to unite our communities through common interests and passions, so we can feel confident and comfortable to come together and celebrate our differences as well.
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Search Institute research has found that the more assets young people have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors and the more likely they are to thrive. Positive adult role models will help youth and families build many assets, including a commitment to learning as demonstrated by students completing homework, attending school regularly and parents involvement in their children’s activities, as well as assisting the youth in developing positive values and a positive identity. Please click here for a detailed list of the assets your child will build by being involved in the Kinship Program! For more information on the Search Institute and their research on Developmental Assets, please click here.