“Ohana” in Hawaiian means family, but the meaning is far deeper than immediate or even extended kin. Its significance goes back to the roots of the taro plant which are used to create the next generation. Each generation is responsible for the next. In that way Ohana extends to relationships with the entire community.
Empower Howard County students
so they overcome barriers and achieve self-defined success.
Build community by developing relationships with people
who are outside our normal social circles.
With diverse teams of mentors, vulnerable Howard County high school students are provided with tools to reach their educational potential and become successful community members; segregation and isolation are reduced for all.
Diversity fuels the spirit of OhanaHC. Each student is paired with four diverse mentors who partner with them to develop strategies for success with a combination of resources and opportunities.
Our commitment to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience strengthens us every day. Everyone is valued and celebrated for who they are and what they can share with OhanaHC and the community. Deep, long lasting relationships are forged; segregation and isolation are reduced for all.
Ohana of Howard County, Inc. prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, immigration status, religion, physical, mental, or educational disability, pregnancy, age, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or socioeconomic status in the educational program, including co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, and in the workplace.
Ohana of Howard County, Inc. has modified program operations during this rapidly changing situation due to coronavirus. We are following the CDC, Maryland, and Howard County recommendations to ensure the safety of students, volunteers, and staff. We will continue to update the community on program operations. Please check back for updates.
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