Our Community Center programs provide a safe and nurturing environment for nearly 100 youth daily from low-income neighborhoods, at no cost to families.
Just like our before and after school programs, our community centers offer youth challenging activities and learning experiences, and focus on establishing caring, mentoring, adult relationships, nurturing their social and emotional growth, and promoting healthy life choices. The extra enrichment time after school offered by community center programs has been shown to help enhance the lives of students who may have less access to books or enrichment at home. Research has also shown that quality after-school programs can improve school attendance, by nurturing a sense of belonging, creating a connection to caring adults, and providing academic enrichment, which combine to make children more likely to go to school.
The Centers, funded in part by a grant from the Municipality of Anchorage, serve children living in the Mountain View, West Fairview, and Loussac Place neighborhoods. Partnerships with the Anchorage School District, Cook Inlet Housing Authority and many other corporate and individuals supporters, make this program possible. Our funders and partners understand that investing in the health and safety of all young people by providing extended learning opportunities will help close the achievement gap and prepare our young people to become thriving, contributing adults.
Denali Elementary/West Fairview Program From October 2006 to the summer of 2016, Camp Fire had a unique partnership with Central Lutheran Church with funding provided by the Municipality of Anchorage to provide an after-school program for children in the West Fairview neighborhood attending Denali Elementary. In the fall of 2016, Camp Fire was able to expand space at Denali Elementary, making it possible to integrate the neighborhood youth into the existing program at the school and eliminate transferring students from the school to the church. In addition, this change has made it possible to increase service and provide the youth of the West Fairview neighborhood with both a morning and afternoon program at no cost to families.
Tyson Elementary Program With the support of ML&P,the Anchorage Community Land Trust, and many other corporate as well as individual donors, Camp Fire was able to establish a morning Center Program at Tyson Elementary in Mountain View to provide a safe, consistent and engaging before school environment for students of the school. An ongoing successful working relationship with Tyson Elementary school staff has helped ensure that Tyson youth start their day off ready to learn each and every morning.
Loussac Place Program (200 W. 20th – between A Street and C Street off of 20th Avenue) After 30 years of operation, Camp Fire’s program at Loussac Manor closed temporarily when Alaska Housing Finance Corporation decided to rebuild the housing provided in this community. Thanks to a partnership with Cook Inlet Housing Authority, which won the bid to revamp Loussac Place, Camp Fire has a beautiful area in the newly built facility and is providing after school care and summer programming to children and youth in this community.