The R.E.C. Room (youth Resource and Enrichment Co-op) in Homer is the beneficiary organization. The R.E.C. Room is a drop-in resource and activity center providing a stable, safe and nurturing environment, for kids from 12 to 18 years of age, providing educational, creative and life skills activities. Many of the young people participating in the programs come from difficult life and family situations, some being homeless, bullied or otherwise in at-risk life situations. The R.E.C. Room was established in 2010 to serve the youth of the community. Its mission is to facilitate healthy relationships, health education and healthy choices for youth in Homer.
This project is to help support development and implementation of specific learning, skills- and experiential-based activity program(s) to build life skills and which may help these young people identify possible areas of future occupational interest. The target outcomes are to help build young people's self confidence and sense of self, ability to work together effectively with other group members, and to investigate new interests and options for involvement which lead to a healthier lifestyle now and in the future.
Possible curriculum tracks identified to date include beekeeping, ceramics, environmental preservation and peony farming/horticulture. The final tracks to be implemented will be chosen in conjunction with the program participants to ensure interest and involvement. The Center has recently acquired a van which it will use to take program participants to sites around the community to meet with local experts in these pursuits and to learn about the activity and take part in hands on opportunities. In addition to instruction, the young people will receive positive support from adults and peers, increase social interaction skills and learn to work together as a group to accomplish tasks as participants help to plan and carry out the programs.
Each adventure learning activity is expected to be 2 to 4 hours in length, based on the pursuit. Each session could accommodate up to maximum capacity of the 15-person transport van.
A letter of need, cooperation and joint publicity is coming from the R.E.C. Room director and will be uploaded when received.
This project will be coordinated by the members of the Homer Downtown Satellite Club (eClub of D5010 International) with help from the eClub. Both clubs are also contributing funds.
Rotarians will be involved by working with the community to identify local experts to lead the programs, assist in planning, and take part in hands-on activities such as chaperoning and driving the van. It is anticipated that at least 5 Rotarians will actively participate in the project in addition to other community members.
Use of Funds
The budget provides the supplies and fees for experts to present the educational programs, snacks while the kids are at the activity, and fuel costs for the van related to the program activities. The number of curriculum channels developed will be based on the amount of DDF funding available from District 5010 to complement club funds. If less funds are available, the scope of the project will be reduced accordingly.
The project will be completed between July 2022 and April 2023.