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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center on the Family, a unit within the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, will sponsor the symposium, Data Matters: New Insights on our Children and Youth, on March 31, 8–11:45 a.m. at the Waiʻalae Country Club.

The syposium will showcase and discuss new studies and data on children and youth in Hawaiʻi. Offering important insights on our keiki, the event will feature studies by Hawaiʻi researchers using local data sets from early childhood through emerging adulthood.

The keynote address will be presented by Bill O’Hare, president of O’Hare Data and Demographic Services, LLC, and a former senior consultant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the U.S. His talk will examine the undercounting of young children in the U.S. Census and the implications of the undercount.

Panel presentation topics and speakers

  • Early Childhood Programs in Hawaiʻi: Data for Planning and Policy, Barbara DeBaryshe, interim director and specialist, Center on the Family
  • Hawaiian Cultural Connections as Youth Developmental Assets, Brandon C. Ledward, research associate, Strategy and Innovation Group, Kamehameha Schools
  • The Hawaiʻi Data eXchange Partnership: Education to Workforce Data Sharing, Jean Osumi, project director, Hawaiʻi Data eXchange Partnership, Hawaiʻi P-20 Partnerships for Education
  • Ethnic Disparities in the Hawaiʻi Juvenile Justice System, Karen Umemoto, professor and chair, UH Department of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Homeless Children and Youth in Hawaiʻi, Sarah Yuan, associate specialist, Center on the Family

Registration and parking are free. Register before the March 15 deadline.