Our Community Center programs provide a safe and nurturing environment for nearly 100 youth daily from low-income neighborhoods, at no cost to families.
Similar to our before and after school programs, our community centers keep kids safe while offering them 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 learning time after school offered by community center programs has been shown to help enrich 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, Central Lutheran Church and Cook Inlet Housing Authority 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.
West Fairview Community Center Program
In October 2006, Camp Fire formed a unique partnership with Central Lutheran Church and the Municipality of Anchorage to provide a free after-school program for children in the West Fairview neighborhood. Central Lutheran Church donates space for the program, Camp Fire provides programming and staff and an appropriation from the Municipality of Anchorage provides ongoing funding.
Tyson Elementary Morning Center Program
With the support of ML&P and the Anchorage Community Land Trust, Camp Fire runs 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.
Loussac Place Community Center 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 when Alaska Housing and Finance Corporation decided to rebuild the 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 to a growing number of children, as more families move into their new homes at Loussac Place.
Fairview Community Center Program (This program became a licensed Before and After-school program site in June 2013)
For more than 20 years, staff at Camp Fire’s Fairview Community Center Program greeted children every school day at Fairview Elementary School to walk them to the Camp Fire program housed a few blocks away at the Fairview Community Recreation Center. The program was housed onsite at the school, providing opportunities for homework assistance, computer time, large group games, board games, science and craft activities. Staff integrated theme units that focused on health and safety for the children into the daily program. The Children’s Lunchbox partnered with Camp Fire to provide healthy snacks and meals for the children.