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Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Location:

3691 Ben Walters Lane

Contact:

(907) 235-8391

trish.hermann@bbbsak.org 

www.bbbsak.org

Hours:

Monday – Friday  9:30am – 5:30pm

What is it?

Mainly a mentoring program – we match up kids with either high school students or adults for mentoring and spending time together.

Volunteer:

There is a school program where high school students can be a Big Brother or Big Sister, and be matched with a child that’s between the ages of like kindergarten through fifth grade. Usually a six-year gap between them and their little. Typically, they just meet in the school during a free period or at lunch, or they can also meet after school and do things at an approved location in the community. They can earn community service hours for graduation if they need those or just do volunteer work to see if they like working with kids. If teens want to earn their community service hours, but maybe they don’t like working with kids; help is always needed in the office or help with fundraising events. 

Classes:

We do have some online training for – specifically for Big Brothers and Big Sisters – that is optional. You can learn about child development and what to do with your little one when you’re meeting for the first time. Also you can learn littles in foster care and what that looks like, or what it is like kids whose parents are in prison and how to support them.

Benefits to Teens:

Our business benefits teens – if they’re a little brother or sister, they’re getting mentoring support from an adult mentor for whatever needs or challenges or reasons that they want to be in the program, so they’re getting that support. And if they enroll as a volunteer for a Big Brother or Big Sister, then they’re learning how to be the mentor in the match, and they’re learning a lot about relationships and working with kids in child development. Or if they’re volunteering in the office or to help with events, they’re learning about organization skills, the behind-the-scenes of working for a nonprofit and all the fundraising that has to be done, etc.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Homer Art Galleries

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Location:

http://www.homerartgalleries.com/

What is it?

A comprehensive listing Art Galleries in Homer, Alaska. Find information on all the major Homer Art Galleries in one place. There is also a printable guide to the galleries of Homer.

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).

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2015

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First Friday! Monthly Art Openings

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Location:

Homer Art Galleries

Hours:

First Friday of each month

~ 5pm – 7:30pm

What is it?

The first Friday of each month most of the galleries and some restaurants and cafes around town open new shows with a Friday evening event.

World-class art galleries and artist studios abound in our community. You will find paintings in oil, watercolor and octopus ink, along with creations from clay, fiber, beads, paper and glass. The monthly ‘First Friday’ event often includes an opportunity to meet the artists, and participate in a discussion of their work.

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May
2015

In Education
Jobs
Outdoors
Things to Do

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Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

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Location:

708 Smokey Bay Way

Contact:

(907) ­235-­6746

info@akcoastalstudies.org

www.akcoastalstudies.org

What is it?

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (CACS) connects people in the Homer area with the outdoors. Through various events throughout the summer and winter and the Wynn Nature Center, CACS invites everyone to take part in the open spaces, as well as the educational programs. They offer school programs, both day and overnight trips.

During the summer, CACS offers internships to youth over the age of 14. “The purpose of this internship program is to provide opportunities for practical experiences to high school age youth at facilities operated by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies­­the Wynn Nature, Peterson Bay Field Station, and the CACS Yurt on the Spit. Learning opportunities at these facilities have been designed to help you gain skills in the areas of nature interpretation and teaching, public relations, research and monitoring and other behind the scene duties like trail maintenance and program preparation.”