The Boys and Girls Club
Boys and Girls Club offers an engaging after-school environment youth
to participate in fun social activities with their peers while avoiding
delinquent behavior. Several programs are available for youth of
all ages that promote basic life skills, job skills, and education
assistance. Membership is low-cost, and scholarships or free
registration are available at some clubhouses. To get involved with Boys
and Girls Club Alaska, check out their volunteer or employment pages!
The YMCAUnited WayUnited Way is a national organization that is involved locally with Anchorage's
community. Though they have several areas of focus, many of their initiatives are related to
youth and education. Currently United Way is involved with several programs
related to making sure younger youth are ready for elementary and middle school
as well as achieving a 90% high school graduation rate by 2020. United Way Anchorage has also recently published their 2011 Community Assessment Project Report on Education, highlighting community perceptions of the issue area!
YMCA is a nation-wide organization with a community center here in
Anchorage. They offer a variety of youth-oriented programming including
before and after school activities, athletics and games, as well as an
annual summer camp, all of which provide opportunity to interact with
other youth in the community. To get engaged with coaching or leading
other activities at YMCA, check out their volunteer page!
Tapestry is a
program to provide students with intellectual and/or cognitive
disabilities a postsecondary college experience to develop self advocacy
skills, engage in career exploration, and develop social skills that
lead to employment in a career field or enrollment in a postsecondary
educational program. Tapestry is regularly seeking motivated individuals
who are interested in
being a mentor for these students, as well as a practicum or intern
would be interested in coordinating the program. To request an
application to participate or volunteer, please visit Tapestry's website!
Take Wing Alaska
Take Wing Alaska is a mentor program designed to support Rural Alaskan
students as they prepare to transition to college
life. Take wing brings these students to UAA on an annual basis
following their sophomore year of high school. While in Anchorage,
students build relationships with their college mentors through
activities such as attending Anchorage events together and shadowing
their mentors for a day on campus.