Education

The R.E.C. Room

Location:

3957 Nielsen Circle (off Ben Walters Lane, next door to the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic).

Contact:

235-3436
recroom@kbfpc.org

http://HomerRECRoom.org

Hours:

Open Monday – Friday from 3pm – 6pm

What is It?

The R.E.C Room (a Youth Resource & Enrichment Co-op) offers teens ages 12-18 a safe and welcoming environment to socialize with friends after school and get connected with positive activities and education opportunities for youth. Free ongoing programs include cooking classes, digital music production classes, poetry workshops, computer programming instruction, and workshops on healthy relationships. The R.E.C. Room offers guitars, computers and wi-fi, X-Box Kinect, art supplies, a keyboard, a library, free snacks, and other games.

A Youth Program manager is always available to help teens sort through problems or help them address urgent crises like homelessness or depression.

Free to all teens!

Volunteer:

– for fun and fundraising events
– as part of a community service project
– as part of a ‘Senior Project’
– to organize the clothing swap closet
– to offer your own class or start a group

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Youth Job Training Program

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Location:

Kachemak Bay Campus

Contact:

Dave Lewis

235-1663

Age Requirements: 16-21

Services:

The Youth Job Training Program offers basic academic training or tutoring for teens trying to get through high school and/or their GED. They offer basic work-readiness skills (resume writing, interviewing, punctuality, calling in sick, general work ethic, etc.), and occupational training (figuring out what you want to do and how to get the training you need for it).

Financial Aid:

The YJTP is grant-funded, allowing them to fully cover the cost of different trainings and classes. They can help with filling out college FAFSA forms, and applying for grants (such as the Pell Grant) to help pay for programs they are interested in doing.

Benefits to Teens:

Skills training. The Youth Job Training Program is set up to aid youth in moving forward to get jobs, education, and trainings they might need in order to move forward with their lives. They are able to provide clothing, advocacy, employment, aid in filling out disability forms, submitting yearly taxes, help with PFD issues, housing forms (though not rent), and some limited legal help.

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Homer Job Center

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Location:

3670 Lake St, Suite 300

Contact:

907-226-3040

Lisa Croft 226-3041

homer.jobcenter@alaska.gov

jobs.alaska.gov

What is it?

Center that helps people use resources to find employment.

The Homer Job Center can help people sign up for food stamps, medical assistance or coverage, housing assistance, ALEXsys, work permits, food-handler cards, WIC for young parents, and online workshops,

HoWL

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Location:

1554 Homer Spit Rd

Contact:

(907) 399-HOWL  or (907) 399-4695

www.howlalaska.org/

https://www.facebook.com/howl.alaska

What is it?

Alaskan Summer Camps and Wilderness Expeditions for Youth. “Our mission is to empower young leaders by providing outdoor, experiential education through fun and dynamic adventures in Alaska.”

Financial Aid and/or discounts:

Offer scholarships, offer financial aid called DiRtBaG Awards- Discount Rates to Boys and Girls. Through the DiRtBaG program, students earn awards by participating in our annual Homer Clean-Up Week, wherein DiRtBaGgers pick up litter in town and on local beaches. “By collecting pledges from community members along with community sponsorships, we are able to fund the DiRtBaG Awards.”

HoWL has a fleet of backpacks, sleeping bags, hiking boots, rain gear and more to loan to students if they need it.

Volunteer:

Can correlate with financial aid awards involving clean up.

Benefits to Teens:

Adventure, outdoor, fun, social, experiences.

Homer Volunteer Fire Department

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Location:

604 East Pioneer Avenue

(907) 235-3155 or 911 for emergencies

http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/fire 

fire@cityofhomer-ak.gov

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

What is it?

Volunteer run local fire department.

Classes:

Yearly EMT and Firefighter classes once a year. Training Programs; cost of only admission fees (75$) compared to other 6 credit and 12 credit classes at the university. EMT and Firefighter training programs. Ages required to be enrolled in this program: 17.5 or 18 – must have parental consent if teen is not yet 18. May have to pay admission fees.

What can Teens do?

Get involved in offered training programs, learn about everything associated with their department, and the department of public safety.

Volunteer:

Must be 18yrs old. Volunteer firefighter and EMT (comes after the training programs) – But anything as small as a misdemeanor could easily be a barrier in for any certificates receivable through these programs.

 

Homer Public Library

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Location:

500 Hazel Ave

Contact:

907-435-3195 or  907-235-3180 (Library)

library@cityofhomer-ak.gov

info@friendshomerlibrary.org

http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/library

Hours:

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 10am – 6pm, Tues & Thurs 10am – 8pm

Volunteer:

The Friends of the Homer Public Library provides volunteer support for library programs and services, raise funds that enrich the library experience and promotes the use and enjoyment of the library. The Library depends on dozen of volunteers who help support monthly programs, book sales, and special programs like the Top Drawer Collection and BIZ-Idea.

Sales:

There are always books for sale.

Teen Services:

The Library is a space for teens to hang out after school. They have study rooms that are soundproofed and will allow students work on things such as music production ot online classes, but can also be used by small groups wanting to hang out and be able to talk (because the main part of the library is quiet). They also have books, movies, music, and audiobooks available for checkout, as well as free wifi and computers, access to online databases and study-aid programs that can help with people looking to take the SATs or GED. The Library also has access to Mango Languages, and online resource for learning new languages. The Library also holds occasional activities and special events for teens throughout the year. Learn more at http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/library/teens

Young Parents:

Young parents can find several resources at the Homer Library, including storytime, reading packets, and safety information. More resources for young parents are available at http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/library/resources-parents-0.

Volunteer:

The Library often has youth volunteers throughout the year. Seniors working on their final projects, as well as students looking to get involved during the summer. Volunteers do things such as: shelve books, dust, work out back, read stories to preschoolers or otherwise help out up front, or even serve on the Library Advisory Board and Friends of Homer Library Board.

Employment:

Employment is experience, not age based. The Library would like to start providing summer internships if they could get the funding.

Benefits to Teens:

“One is that everything in here is absolutely free.  If you get a library card the ‘world is your oyster’, because we live in a world of information and there is no where else you can get accurate information for free. Everyone here is interested in helping you.  We have a free phone at the entrance, which is a hot commodity in Homer; because I don’t think there are actually any free phones here.”

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Homer Head Start

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Location:

1266 Ocean Dr, Homer, AK 99603

Contact:

(907) 235-4322

http://www.headstartprogram.us/city/ak-homer

What is it?

A preschool/ child care place for young children under 5.

What can teens do?

Young parents can take their children here for preschool/child care.

Kachemak Bay Swim Club

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Location:

600 E Fairview

Contact:

kachemakswim.org

299-3523

What is it?

KSC is a year round developmental and competitive swim team composed of approximately 100 United States Swimming Members. The swimmers, ages 5-18 years of age, range from entry level to state champions.

Hire under 18?

Yes, but you need a coaching certificate.

Cost:

The price is level dependent, but on average falls between $60-90. Discounts are possible.

Classes:

Dry land stretching and workouts.

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Homer Community Recreation and Parks & Rec

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Location:

Homer High School
600 East Fairview Ave.
*HHS ­inside the commons go forward then there’s a door and window to an office for the Community Recreation Program.

Contact:

(907)235-6090

Mike Illg, MS, CPRP, Recreation Manager

millg@ci.homer.ak.us

www.cityofhomer-ak.gove/recreation;

www.homercommunityrecreation.com;

Hours:

Office Hours (varies): Monday – Thursday   12 pm – 8 pm

Friday 9 am – 5pm

What is it?

“The City of Homer Community Recreation promotes community involvement and lifelong learning through educational and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. This will be accomplished through maximizing usage of all community facilities and resources, while utilizing, expanding and uniting local business and school resources and expertise. Our program shall be designed to recognize cultural diversity and to address social and community concerns.”

Classes:

They host classes and programs available to the public, teens are welcome and encouraged to take part in the classes put on by various volunteer and paid instructors. Examples of classes are: basketball, gymnastics, wrestling, ping pong, pickleball, contra dancing, soccer, flag football, broomball, hockey, curling, karate, jewelry making, photography, spanish, fencing, indoor plane flying, indoor volleyball (pickup and league), indoor rock climbing, ballroom dancing, belly dancing, hunter safety, weight room, etc.

The list of available classes can be found at http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/recreation/fall-winter-20142015-activity-recreation-guide

Cost:

$5 or less for drop-in activities;

$90-160 for a time-limited specialty class

Benefits to Teens:

  1. “It’s not about being a jock. It’s not about being athletic. It’s about moving your body; and when you do that, you feel better.”
  2. Social interaction. You can go with your friend, but you’re going to have the opportunity to meet other people, or get to know people you kind of know. “You discover more about people in an hour of play than a year of conversation.” – Plato.
  3. Affordablity. Most classes are as little as $1.
  4. It’s fun! And who knows, maybe you;ll find something that will become a lifelong passion.   Or you can just fill a Saturday.

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.

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.”

Harbor School of Music

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Location:

3691 Ben Walters Ln # 2, Homer, AK 99603

Contact:

(907) 235-6705

Website:

http://harborschoolofmusic.org/

What is it?

During the school year, we offer private music lessons for piano, guitar, percussion, violin, and music theory. All levels accepted, from beginners through college preparatory students. *Dance Classes now available!!*

Cost?

Music Lessons: Annual enrollment fee is $30/student or $75/family (3 or more students).

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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Project Grad

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Location:

1340 East Road, East Portable.

www.projectgradkenai.org

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8am – 5 pm

What is it?

Project Grad works with students to help them graduate high school and go on to get jobs or go to college. They provide financial aid in the form of scholarships to help students get into programs, as well as basic needs such as clothing, housing, food, and other things you might need in order to get through and succeed.

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Kenai Peninsula College Kachemak Bay Campus

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Location:

533 E. Pioneer Ave, Homer, AK

Contact:

(907­) 235- ­7743; kbcinfo@kpc.edu ; www.kpc.alaska.edu/kbc

Lolita Brache (ABE, GED, ESL Instructor) : (907­) 235-­1606, lgbrache@kpc.edu ;

Jan 235­-1602; Caroline 235­-1608

Hours:

Monday – Friday  8am – 5:30pm

What is it?

The Kachemak Bay Campus of the Kenai Peninsula College offers classes in various fields. They have a “Jump Start” program for those looking to get ahead on college courses before graduating from high school. They have scholarships for this who need financial help.