Alternative Youth Activities, Inc. provides alternative educational opportunities to at-risk youth. AYA believes that students learn at different rates and in different ways. We believe students can succeed if provided with a program structured to each individual's needs, situations and educational goals. We believe there is a need for alternative programs of educational instruction to meet the needs of students who are not currently attending or being successful in conventional school programs.
The school's foundation for success is embedded in its core values.
Compassion and caring for the young people served by the school is paramount.
Boundaries: Setting firm boundaries for behaviors and outlining expectations for students is basic to the organization's success. Assuring that boundaries are maintained and respected over time will assure that AYA is a safe place for all. Local mediation services are accessible and available as a realistic alternative to inevitable conflicts.
Community: AYA is an essential ingredient in the continuum of services becoming known as Coos County Nuturing Community. Student involvement in work experiences and volunteer work shine the light on the relevance of academic studies.
Education: Students seek out AYA for opportunities. They may need new options for learning, or their behavior may have been unacceptable in another setting. Students have self-selected out of the mainstream and AYA is offering a fresh slate. The curriculum exhibits tolerance and appreciation for alternative expressions and learning styles.
Respect: Self-respect, and respect for others including students, volunteers, teachers, and staff. Students will respect the environment and AYA facility, grounds and "the neighborhood". The organization is built upon and exemplifies respect in all aspects.
Innovation: AYA is open to programming that may be viewed as outside the box. These programs provide components that contribute to student goal attainment. Whether it's technology, gardening, mushroom culture, music therapy or worm cultivation--creativity is welcome.