One of our special service efforts is Project S.H.I.N.E. S.H.I.N.E. is an acronym for Students Helping in Naturalization of Elders. Since 1996, Chaminade has worked with Kapiolani Community College and the University of Hawaii at Manoa to help elder immigrants learn English and civic skills necessary for becoming citizens.
Now part of a national consortium, this successful tutorial was originally the brainchild of a local grassroots community group. Through the experience, service-learning students may examine culture/ethnicity in America, legal and ethical issues, the roots of poverty in our communities, religion or teaching techniques. They learn from and help to empower those who are marginalized.
In the mid-1990s, the United States tightened its immigration policies and implemented Federal Welfare Reform. This legislation increased the strain on immigrant communities throughout the country. As a direct result, Hawaii saw cutbacks in social services and welfare provisions for its non-U.S. citizens. The Chinese Community Action Coalition (CCAC), a non-profit grassroots organization, responded. In 1996, the CCAC developed the Honolulu Chinese Citizenship Tutorial Program (HCCTP) to help immigrants pass the naturalization examination for U.S. citizenship.
The HCCTP’s successes have involved student-tutors from UH-Manoa, Chaminade, KCC, HCC, HPU, and Michigan State. Inspired by the HCCTP, similar service-learning opportunities have evolved at other sites, such as the Filipino Community Center.
You can get involved through S.H.I.N.E.– Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders. This national service-learning initiative supports the Hawaii tutorials by engaging college students in English language tutoring and intensive review of the citizenship exam material.
- To tutor immigrants of Honolulu communities – to help them learn English and pass their citizenship exams . . . thus maintaining their quality-of-life.
- To promote inter-ethnic agency, community, and university collaboration.
- To raise the consciousness of college students concerning government policies toward immigrants and the “immigrant experience.”
- To promote and facilitate the empowerment of immigrants in Hawaii.
- Register for S.H.I.N.E. online AND register for service-learning with your university. Attend all SHINE training/workshop sessions. Consult your SHINE coordinator in advance of any time conflicts.
- Complete the program’s paperwork/online materials (pre-service registration and contract).
- Secure a regular shift appointment & site. Commit to that shift by tutoring for two hours each week, for the duration of the 10-week program.
- Keep journals of training and tutoring sessions: include a summary of events, thoughts/reflections about what happened and links to course material. Meet with the instructor to discuss the S.H.I.N.E. service-learning experience.
- Complete program evaluation.
* Requirements for courses are ultimately defined by their respective instructors.
Tutors are expected to focus on two areas: understanding and passing the citizenship test, and conversational English. Each shift is two hours long, and punctuality is important. Prior to the beginning of their shift, tutors must inform their shift coordinator if they will be absent/late.
Each tutor is required to complete a minimum of 20 tutorial hours and 5 training/reflection hours by the end of the program’s 10-weeks. At S.H.I.N.E.’s Orientation & On-Site Training, you will confirm your tutorial shift, which you’ll commit to for the duration of the program (February 8 – April 19, 2020).
The table below reflects S.H.I.N.E.’s usual shift schedule.
420 N. King St. #107
1220 Aala St.
Please register for S.H.I.N.E. (see training link) and come to S.H.I.N.E.’s Orientation ready with your campus’ service-learning registration paperwork, your first & second choice for a tutorial shift and $5 for a field book. Sign-up is on a first-come, first-served basis and we do not guarantee you will get your first choice.
Any time missed (absences, tardies, holidays, etc.), must be made-up. Make-up work is scheduled by making arrangements with a tutor coordinator to attend another shift. Some exceptions (ie: spring break) do not require make-ups. See your S.H.I.N.E. calendar (given at orientation) for details.
Training sessions are mandatory. View training information.
- When S.H.I.N.E. is open on weekdays, a Chaminade van is provided for transportation. Vans are not provided on weekends.
- Kukui Gardens (portal login required)
- Kalanihuia 1220 Aala Street, Honolulu, HI 96817
Map and directions will be shared during orientation.