This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Hana resident Rick Rutiz tells of his experiences working with at-risk youth in remote East Maui through his organization Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike, which mobilizes them to learn construction skills to benefit themselves and their community.
Founder and director of Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike. Mobilizes at-risk youth to learn construction skills to benefit themselves and their community.
Rick Rutiz is the driving force behind the Hāna School Building Program, or Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike “in working, one learns”, an award-winning construction skills training program he founded for at-risk youth 14 years ago.
As the executive director of Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike, the licensed contractor combines more than three decades of building experience with a lifelong passion for mentoring youth.
Honored as one of 10 “People Who Made a Difference” by The Maui News and an “Environmental Hero” by Maui No Ka ‘Oi magazine, Rick was also the recipient of Häna’s prestigious “Tiny Malaikini Mea Kokua Award,” the governor’s “Innovation Award” and mayor’s “Laulima Award” for his environmental leadership.
Rick’s mission is to provide students with learning opportunities that make sense to them, while building their self-esteem and showing them that they have the power to change their futures.
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Me as well considering that you work at my school HAHA. I never did doubt you. :10/01/2015
Favorite quote of this talk: 'By working one learns'
Nice works he does. There a lot of unhelped troubled children.
Nice talk too. By starting with a story of a succes of your work you really get the attention, at least from me.