Ayuda Para I Manaina (APIM)
APIM’s staff and children
Easter HIPPY and FUN Program Family Activity
War In The Pacific Memorial Beach Park, Asan, Guam.
Pictured from left to right: (Standing) Amy Baleto, Joe Lujan, Millie Lujan, Norma Salas, and Sheila Sablan
(Kneeling) Kayla Sablan, Julie Terlaje, Frankie Cruz, Matthew Salas
(Children being held) Kailey Mae Sablan, Colin James Cruz
The APIM program seeks to empower parents and families by enriching their parenting skills and providing them with support to become effective parents. Since its inception in 1997, the program has served over 1,000 families each year. The program consists of parenting skills classes, youth/adult anger management classes, parent support groups, the Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) and Fundamentals of Understanding and Nurturing (FUN). The parenting skills classes, anger management classes and parent support groups are open to the public. This service primarily targets parents who are having difficulty with their children. Referrals are received from Sanctuary’s Emergency Shelter Program, Child Protective Services, the Superior Court, Adult Probation and Schools. However, self-referrals from parents who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in parenting are welcome. The HIPPY program is an internationally recognized family based literacy program that empowers parents to be the first and most influential educators of their 3, 4 and 5 year old children. HIPPY targets educationally and economically vulnerable families and gives parents the opportunity to successfully help their children. The program consists of a 30-week curriculum that involves role-playing, specific child development activities and weekly parent enrichment/skills classes. The FUN program is similar in design, but targets the parents of children 0-2.