Community Organizations

The Boys and Girls Club
The 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 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!

United Way

United 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!  

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 student who 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.