May 20, 2010
"The City of Ketchikan made a significant contribution to the future of our youth when they transferred this historic property , appraised at a value of $175,000, to the stewardship of KYI for development as a youth community center," stated Bobbie McCreary, KYI Administrator, "It is extremely rewarding to have this support from the community and local firms like Tongass Federal Credit Union who provided us the opportunity to showcase our plans for this exciting project."
VISTA Ford Wheaton, coordinator the the volunteer program, pose in front of the
debris box that was filled with garbage from under the building.
While working on this development project, KYI programs reach out to teens and young adults ages 14 through 24 through other venues. Dave Kitsmiller and Dick Hamlin provide space to host the "Teens at Dave's Red Anchor" after-school program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Methodist Church hosts a Teen Mothers Group with two 20's moms as group leaders (Wednesday from 4 to 5 pm). An Alley Art project is taking hold in Betty King Alley now that the weather permits this artistic endeavor (Saturday at noon.)
Ketchikan Youth Initiatives was formed as an Alaskan non profit corporation five years ago. With support from the Revilla Island Prevention Coalition, Cellular One and the community, their first project resulted in a paintball field located on Revilla Road, which has been continually improved with the help of the community support and a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation. The Ketchikan Hot Shots young leaders run the field and work with groups of crew members to generate revenue that supports KYI programs and minimizes the cost for local youth to play at the field. KYI runs an active volunteer program-youth and adult volunteers are welcomed-to support different programs and projects, to serve on the governing board and committees, to mentor others while making Ketchikan a better place for young people age 14 to 24.
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