Community Service

Popeye Wrestling

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Location:

Meets at Homer High School and Chapman School in Anchor Point

Contact:

299-2720 

ritemehere@yahoo.com

http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/recreation/popeye-wrestling-starts-february-17th 

 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Popeye-Wrestling-Club/339107939443930

Dates:

Wrestling Season approximately Febraury 17th to May 1st or 2nd

What is it?

A nonprofit wrestling club open to youth of all ages. It’s a safe place to hang out and learn to wrestle.

Cost:

$100 sign-up fee which covers various registrations and insurance in case you get hurt.

Scholarships are available.

Volunteer:

The wrestling is monitored by both adult and teen volunteers. Dedicated teens can volunteer to monitor the younger wrestlers and help them learn new or better techniques.

Benefit to Teens:

The main benefit to teens in joining Popeye Wrestling is motivation: the drive to succeed and the leadership that develops.”You know you come out there with your head up high knowing that you did good, knowing that there is a group that supports you. Although you’re by yourself when you wrestle, you got this massive support group around you, your club, your parents, your town just pushing you to do your best and never give up.” Being a member of Popeye Wrestling opens up the opportunity to be part of a supportive community that aims to help students gain self-respect as well as skill.

Kevin Bell Ice Arena

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Location:

3232 Homer Spit Rd

Contact:

235-2647

http://www.kevinbellarena.org/

Hours:

Varies Seasonally. See the website for current schedule.

Open to flexible schedule for after school hours for teens.

What is it?

An ice rink that hosts hockey games, as well as open ice time for those interested in skating. Skates are available for rent or sharpening.

Cost:

$5 entrance fee

$3 skate rental

Classes:

Skating lessons are available with experienced coaches, 6-week sessions.

Employment or volunteer:

Both employment and volunteer opportunities are available for those looking to be coaches, or be more involved backstage sharpening skates, maintain the ice, work the concession stand, and other custodial services.

Benefit to Teens:

The Kevin Bell Ice Arena provides recreational opportunities, and can be an avenue to learn a new skill or improve on an already existing one.

Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center

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Location:

Homer High School

Contact:

235-7416

Bridget Kuhns,

b.kuhns@kpbsd.k12.ak

homerpool.org

Hours:

6:30am – 8:30pm

Volunteer & Employment:

Both volunteers and potential employees must be over 16 year old.

Job-seekers could apply to be cashiers, lifeguards, and aquatic instructors. Volunteer opportunities are similar.

Alaska Training Room

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Location:

1067 Ocean Drive

Contact:

www.alaskatrainingroom.com

What is it?

The mission of the Alaska Training Room is to develop a comprehensive sports medicine and athletic training resource for the individuals of Homer and to provide a setting that encourages physical, emotional, and spiritual development.

Classes:

Regular weekly classes and Bootcamps. Schedule varies – see website for current schedule.

Cost? Discounts?

Different packages have different costs and can be found here: http://alaskatrainingroom.com/sign-up.htm

ATR has rollling discounts, as well as on a case-by-case basis.

There is a Student Athlete discount available.

Volunteer:

Volunteer opportunities are available. In the past, ATR has had youth fulfill their community service hours helping her deep clean the studio.

Homer Farmer’s Market

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Location:

Ocean Drive, across from the washboard

Contact:

(907) 299-7540 ; Manager@HomerFarmersMarket.org; Robbi Mixon

http://www.homerfarmersmarket.org/

Hours:

Saturday Market 10am – 3pm   May 24 – Sept 27

Wednesday Market  3pm – 6pm   July 2 – Oct. 1

What is it?

The Farmer’s Market runs through the Summer and Fall. Booths sell any range of things from farm produce and baked goods, to locally made clothes, jewelry, and art (and much, much more). Local businesses, such as Alibi, KBay, and Vida’s, have vendors at the market making and selling food. Local bands and musicians will sometimes play during market hours.

For Teens:

Teens 16+ are able to apply to for a table or booth at the Market, or volunteer to help with events or greet people. Applications for tables/booths are due mid-January.

Cost? Discounts?

Quest Matching Program, Food Stamps, WIC, and Senior discounts are available.

Pratt Museum

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Location:

3779 Bartlett St.

Contact:

907-235-8635 

Ryjil Christianson, director of education (also employment) ; 907-435-3322 / Fax: (907) 235-2764 /

education@prattmuseum.org

www.prattmuseum.org

Hours:

Daily, 10am – 6pm    May 15 – September 14

Tuesday – Sunday, 12 noon – 5pm   September 15 – May 14

 Closed the month of January

Admin offices open year-round, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Easter*

What is it?

The Pratt Museum is a local museum in Homer, Alaska concerning Kachemak Bay in Southcentral Alaska.

The Pratt is a nationally-recognized community museum dedicated to art, science and culture of Kachemak Bay. Featuring interactive displays; Contemporary Art and Exhibits Galleries; “Facing the Elements” outdoor exhibit; seasonal Bear/Sea Bird Cams; marine aquaria; botanical garden; forest ecology trail; original homestead cabin; Museum Store.

Things Sold:

Toys, jewelry, books, admission, other: mini-store (related to mission).

Employment:

Hire under 18? Yes. High School internship ; $10/hour + 20Hours/week.

Internship (June – August), ages 15-18, dress casual, no open toed shoes, no logos. no heels. Resume is not *always* needed.

What can teens do?

Hangout, learn, resource.

Cost? Discounts?

Admission:          

Members: Free

Adults: $8

Seniors: $6

Youth 6 – 18: $4

Family (2 adults & children): $25

Children under 6: Free

Military, family, prearranged wavers, member are free.

Volunteer:

Volunteering is a great way to support your community museum. Opportunities include gallery hosts, retail associates, marine gallery and Harrington Cabin hosts.

Benefits to teens:

Education, job opportunity, inspiration, -art, culture, history, – and training.

Pier One Theatre

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Location:

3858 Homer Spit Rd, Homer, AK 99603

Contact:

(907) 235-7333

Lance@xyz.net

info@pieronetheatre.net

www.pieronetheatre.org

https://www.facebook.com/PierOneTheatre

What is it?

Pier One often presents serious drama, musicals, and comedy — not just schlock. They also produce dance, classical music, and youth theater events during the summer.

Schedule:

One of the big things we do in the summertime are Youth Theatre camps and that’s youth/teen theatre instruction. Those camps are held at the Homer High School Mariner Theater area and that’s where they learn theater skills of various sorts and they’re segregated by age groups. So our hours of operation at the Spit Theatre are generally from like 5:30 in the afternoon until 10:30 at night, because we do evening performances.

Teen Services:

Youth Theatre Production. There are main stage shows for which teenagers that have been through the Youth Theatre camps often audition for – just regular plays and get cast and are involved.

Cost:

The Youth Theatre camps have different tuition costs and I guess tuition is the best thing to call it. It starts with the youngest children, the 5 to 7 year olds at $100.00 and goes up to for the oldest ones to $275.00.

Discounts:

Pier One uses the cups that are – and if you save yours and bring it back, then you’ll get a discount.  So save your popcorn cup.  Put your name on it and bring it back next time for a discount.

What can teens do?

Participate in plays and volunteer to help plays happen. The production camp is 14 through 18 and it’s kind of like there is these levels that the youngest ones age 5 to 7 is just they’re learning the rudiments of theater, and then the next group learns to tell stories on stage and then the next group learns specific skills and acting and makeup and dancing and singing. And then the older group having been through that progression of classes is then ready to tackle a script and learning a part and doing all of that stuff.

Finacial Aid:

For all of the Youth Theatre camps there is a Tuition Assistance Program and we seek grants and get donations for individuals that are earmarked for Youth Theatre purposes and we then on our the application form that the student and the family fills out there is a little box to check if they would like to apply for tuition assistance.The process is pretty simple. The lead instructor for that camp will then talk to the parents and find out what the realities are for their personal financial situation. Sometimes if a family has two or three kids attending different camps it can be a financial burden that’s substantial for them. The process is pretty simple. The lead instructor for that camp will then talk to the parents and find out what the realities are for their personal financial situation. The Board of Trustees for Pier One Theatre long ago made the determination that no student should be prevented from attending a Youth. Theatre camp for financial reasons. And so we make every attempt to grant as much help as we can, especially when we see cases such as a family that’s kind of struggling in between jobs or having several kids in different camps because that can amount to a burden. So the tuition will generally run from 25 % to 75% of the cost of the tuition for that particular camp.

Volunteer:

Another opportunity for teens is on being a volunteer at the concession stand or ushering. It’s a great way to see the show for free, because you get in to see the show.  You’re guaranteed a seat if you’re an usher.  And so popping popcorn or helping change money and this and that and, or ushering are those volunteer opportunities that teenagers frequently take advantage of throughout the summer.  Any time we have a production we’re going to have ushers and concession people there.

Employment:

A techie at the theatre who is responsible for some aspect of the production that’s going on, whatever it is. And that could be running the light board or the sound mixer or moving sets backstage or helping with makeup or all of those areas of technical theater are available. We have two programs that are summer interns.  One of them is to be a summer intern and helping teach the Youth Theatre camps.

Benefits to teens:

The benefit for the youth in Homer is first of all, that being involved in any of these activities of Pier One’s means that that teen is collaborating with other people as an ensemble to produce something. And they produce something that’s public and out in the open and the teen is automatically treated as an adult in an adult situation.So I think that’s the area that I see real benefit to teenagers in working with Pier One is that no matter what the job is, whether it’s as a techie or as an usher or a Youth Theatre instructor or a performer on stage, there is this pervasive sense of the ensemble of people working together to achieve a work of art.

Kenai Peninsula Orchestra

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Location:

355 W. Pioneer Ave

Contact:

kpoalaska@gmail.com

www.kpoalaska.org

Linda Reinhart

Hours:

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Tues/Thurs

Teen Services:

Homer Youth String Orchestra Club — a precursor to the actual Kenai Peninsula Orchestra.

What can teens do?

Join! Play music! Music instruction is available.

Financial Aid or Discounts?

Scholarships are available for youth looking to join the Youth Orchestra.

Volunteer:

Always in need of volunteers. People to: put up posters and advertise, setup and breakdown stages for performances, maintain social media presence, random things to help with the summer music festival. “We’re old people.  We’re just kind of moving into this and the kids all know all about it, and so we need to generate and maintain an appropriate presence in that and we are looking specifically for someone who is skilled in that those areas that would be willing to volunteer time in maintaining setting it up and maintaining it.”

Benefits to teens:

“We benefit teens who are interested in music and particular music performance, because we are the only – that I’m aware of – classical music performance group on the peninsula.  We’re probably the best, most widely organized music performance group and we do have small groups in different genres than just classical.

We have, you know, like blue grass and big band and Celtic, you know, those small groups that are sort of affiliated.  They are our musicians that kind of break out and we’re operate in small groups of particular interest, but I think our main benefit to teens is just the opportunity to perform and listen to good music.”

Homer Council on the Arts

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Location:

355 West Pioneer

Contact:

(907) 235-4288

Email: hcoa@homerart.org

www.homerart.org

Hours:

Monday – Friday 1pm – 5pm

What is it?

Music! Dance! Poetry! Painting! Theatre!

HCOA, an incubator for the arts, supports performing, visual, and literary arts in Homer. Experience the arts with our monthly gallery exhibits, concerts, performances, craft fairs, and workshops.

Things Sold:

Tickets to events and art while a show is up

Discounts:

Youth discounts for events

What can teens do?

HCOA Provides a space for teens to gather or perform, support teens interested in pursuing the arts. Teens can volunteer, take part in the different art programs (theater program, specifically), gallery concerts.

Employment contact:

Gayle: 235-4288, Director@HomerArt.org

Financial aid:

Youth Fine Arts Scholarship (available for 6th-11th grade)

Volunteer:

Folding programs, data entry, help with technology, ushering, help at the nutcracker faire and street fairs, etc

Benefits to Teens:

“I think that’s one of the big values is collaborating with other human beings on a work of art provides a sense of accomplishment and self worth that’s incomparable. Exposure to the arts – exposure and opportunity.  Our mission is to provide opportunities and experience the arts.  So we do everything we can with what we do to make the arts available.”

Bunnell Street Art Center

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Location:

106 w. Bunnell Ave

Contact:

(907) 235-2662

Asia Freeman

Hours:

Monday – Saturday 10am – 6 pm, Sunday 12pm – 4pm

www.bunnellarts.org

What is it?

Self-supporting non-profit. “Bunnell’s mission is to nurture and support innovative art of exceptional quality in all media; so we provide programs which include things like visual art exhibitions, artists in schools which you are probably a recipient of, and all of the other schools in the area, and artists in residence.  Artists in residence provide presentations like artist talks and workshops.  We also provide performances, screenings, or events.  Our youths program is called Cosmic Agents and it’s the event that brought you all Brave New Alaskan Voices.” – Asia Freeman

Innovative art of exceptional quality in all media: solo and group exhibitions, artist talks, concerts, films, workshops, Artist in Schools, Artist Studio Tour. A non-profit with a national reputation for excellence. Presenting a delightful selection of handmade items for sale.

Things Sold:

https://squareup.com/market/bunnell-street-arts-center

What Can Teens do?

We provide Art professional development. We love to make more live recording happen here. This space is so good. There’s been so many live performances and those that have been recorded where the performers have said the acoustics are incredible and the whole place is like an instrument, ’cause the acoustics are really perfect in here, so it would be so great to see do anything in here.

Classes:

Cosmic Agents is new initiative by Bunnell to spark inspiration and leadership among emerging professionals and artists; so basically from high school age on up to potentially 40 years of age when some people decide to take their work seriously or try to figure out how to break into things like recording industry or exhibition or anything like that, so Cosmic Agents brings special projects like Kimo and Trey with Great New Alaskan Voices or an exhibiting artist or performance. We just had Courbet Choir. Courbet Choir is an Alaskan duo that actually performs internationally and has multiple albums, so they performed here and they talked about their experience and they had – we had dinner with them – provided free dinner, then we had a conversation about their work and anybody can ask questions about how they do what they do; and then we had a performance, or screening or something. So it’s just basically like a professional development learning exchange opportunity.

Volunteer:

“It can be very flexible as to the availability and scheduling of that person; so meeting the community service requirement, providing basically on-the-job training, and mentoring.  We’re totally interested in steering it towards what might interest that youth specifically.  Is it visual arts, performing arts – what kind?  Is it video, is it editing, is it design?  There’s a lot of opportunity for that here.  Basically we would just meet with the person and try to figure out how to keep them sparked and know they love to do it. And it would be smart for someone to sort of peruse that to get a sense of what we do, who we are, and then find out what angle interested them, ’cause we could approach it in a more focused way or kind of a more general way.”

Benefit to Teens:

“I think the biggest way is that it provides very innovative and dynamic forum for creative exchange. There’s a certain scale and intimacy to this space that they feel like it’s a little bit more serious than my parents living room and there’s responsible and professional people who helped me produce this event, but I will get the word out at the highest level in Alaska and that is completely what we’re about.  So we do have the respect and rigor to make that performance come through with complete professionalism, but yet it’s just a community-based organization whose door is open for really anybody who takes themselves seriously to come and say, ‘Will you take me seriously. I have this project I want to do.’ ”

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May
2015

In Community Service
Homeless

By Stephanie

Independent Living Center

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Location:

P.O. Box 2474; 265 E. Pioneer Ave. #201

Contact:

(907) ­235­-7911;

Christy Russ; trails2@peninsulailc.org

What is it?

T.R.A.I.L.S. (Total Recreation And Independent Living Services) provides recreational programming designed to support individuals with disabilities and their family and friends. Programs include people of all abilities and interests.

Aid:

T.R.A.I.L.S. is able to loan equipment to people with disabilities (wheelchairs, crutches, shower benches, etc). They can also provide taxi vouchers/transportation for those in need.

Volunteer:

Volunteers are always welcome to help hang flyers and make calls reminding members of upcoming events or other T.R.A.I.L.S. updates.

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May
2015

In Community Service
Outdoors

By Stephanie

Cook Inlet Keeper

On 05, May 2015 | In Community Service, Outdoors | By Stephanie

Location:

3437 Ben Walters Ln

Contact:

(907) ­235-­4068

http://inletkeeper.org

Hours:

Monday – ­Friday   9am­ –  5pm

What is it?

Cook Inlet Keeper is an information center. Their website and staff are great resources for school papers or other research needs. Their main focus is on protecting clean waterways and maintaining healthy salmon populations, but they also teach everyone about what they can do as an individual to protect clean water.

What can teens do?

There are both volunteer and internship opportunities available for interested youth. Contact Cook Inlet Keeper for more information.