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Story last updated at 7:32 PM on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

From fun to necessary things: Homer forum has it all

Staff Writer

If you're looking for something to do on Saturday, stop by the Elk's Lodge. There, at the Homer Teen Resource Forum, you'll be able to see just about every option in the area, as well as enjoy refreshments and door prizes.

The event is different from teen fairs held the past, said organizer Jan O'Meara.

"This is mostly informational, just to get the word out about what there is to do for kids," said O'Meara, who co-chairs the Homer Rotary Downtown's community projects committee.

O'Meara said the forum focuses on teens, but also will have information for parents, teachers and others who interact with youth.

"There'll be a variety — anything from fun things to what they need to know," O'Meara said.

South Peninsula Haven House, The R.E.C. (resource and enrichment) room of Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Teens in Transition program and Homer Rotary Downtown are sponsoring the event, which will include as many area teen service providers as possible.

Organizations confirmed for the forum include Pier One Theatre, area Youth Courts, the Homer Police Department, the Center for Alaska Coastal Studies, the Pratt Museum, the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girl Scouts, EcoLogical, the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club, Homer Flex School and HoWL.

R.E.C. room youth development coordinator Jamie Cloud said it's great to have all the youth resources in one location, which the R.E.C. room does year round.

"It is a resource forum, basically," she said.

The R.E.C. room serves as a place for teens to be themselves and find information. Cloud said information from the one-day resource forum will be available at the R.E.C. room.

The Homer Rotary Downtown received a grant from Rotary District 5010 with the stipulation that the local club hold a resource forum. Last year the club printed flyers about community resources.

"It's just a continuation in our effort to help teens from falling through the cracks," O'Meara said.

"Our club from day one has been focusing on teens and helping our community be a better place. It's just a matter of pulling them all together in one place," she said.

Anyone who provides services or alternative activities to teenagers 13-19 should contact Jan O'Meara at 235-8757 to get involved with the forum.

The teen resource forum will be held downstairs in the Elk's Lodge from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday.