Alternative Youth Activities, Inc.

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Electives and Programs

Electives and  Special programs at Alternative Youth Activities, Inc.

  •  AYA Serves students in the ninth through twelth grades.
  •  In collaboration with Douglas and Coos County School District,  students at very high risk of dropping out of school participate in tutoring, mentoring, leadership development, and summer enrichment programs.

Aquaponics

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.

Career Readiness and Experience

Students as they prepare for completing High School need to develop the skills and experience necessary to make it in the employment world. AYA focuses on building resume and cover letter writing as well as having community presentations on the job skills and career readiness, as well as help to connect students to job training's and opportunities for employment. AYA also awards elective credit for students who are already working jobs and or volunteering in the community. Students are giving the opportunity to visit employment agencies and to take two trips to Job Corps for tours.

Dungeons and Dragons (Improvisational and Collaborative Story Telling)

This course uses a set of rules outlined in Dungeon and Dragons 5th Edition. The teacher acts as the lead storyteller for a group of heroes (students) that decide what actions they take to save the world. The class challenges the improvisational skills of everyone as well as teaching probability and mathematics. The class reads stories that people have written, summarizes them into their own words, and adapt it to their own world. Tiles, mat, and miniatures can be combined to create a fully imagined scene to create and manipulate with their choices. 


Adulting 101

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. 

KJAJ Radio

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.

Learning in the 21st Century

Second Life:  

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.

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