Research shows that lower levels of education can negatively affect their long-term quality of life, lifetime earning potential, and may increase reliance on social services. Therefore, “I created a working group that coordinated The Hokupa‘ā, a Youth Discussion Forum on 4/28/15, that provided a venue for eleven schools to discuss the big issues that are keeping our young people from reaching their full potential”. Youth and young adults (age 11-25) of West Hawai’i need our help more than ever before. Too many students are struggling academically and too few students pursue additional education after high school. Hokupa’a Youth-West Hawai`i.