Electives and Special programs at Alternative Youth Activities, Inc.
Aquaponics, the passion of our Executive Director, which is project based learning, refers to any system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. AYA will be having an AmeriCorp Member teach and lead the Aquaponics STEM projects during the 2018-19 year.
Students as they prepare to be an adult need to build the skills necessary for living in the world. This class focuses students on being responsible, getting their drivers license, food handling card, the process of setting up a bank account, and basic life skills, as well as providing conflict resolution education.
Students are given the opportunity to speak their minds and to have conversations recorded and broadcast-ed through the KJAJ Radio station. Some conversations students have had relate to LGBT rights, student life, and spirit photography. In the upcoming year, the students plan to have more in depth conversations on the radio.
Virtual Worlds are a safe enviroment to show students the inside of a nuclear plant. From the interior of an atom to the grandeur of the solar system, this mode of travel is kind to fossil fuels. Teacher, Scott Cooper, masterminds this offering from the Yoncalla site. Teaching on-line requires specific skill sets so--kudos to the beloved Mr. Cooper.