We provide a safe, educational, and fun place for children to hang out after school. Every day we have 25-55 children, first grade and up, at the Funhouse Commons taking part in structured play, creating art, exploring the science museum, playing music, and much more. We have seasonal clubs (Sewing, Pokémon, Knitting, Cleaning, etc.) and classes (Mad Scientists, Art with Lana, Yoga, Bike Repair, etc.) that our Funhouse kids can take part in. We also have a daily homework time from 4:30-5:00 PM where children can get help with their homework from staff, peers, and volunteers in a quiet and structured environment.
Our After School Programming also incorporates a Running Club, with adult runners volunteering to teach children about health and nutrition through distance running.
We welcome volunteers! Please contact Emilie at (360) 376-7177 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our Mentor Program is perhaps the most important thing we do. We have a model program in place, one that provides our children and teens with traditional one-on-one mentor matches, and several types of project-based matches that link a caring adult with a small group of children. We match adults with children and teens, and teens with children. We even have a unique and innovative program that enhances the schools’ education programs: Mentored Online Learning. We know these programs are effective. We read it in the evaluations, we see it in the progress the children display, we see it in our school’s success as one of Washington’s “Outperforming School Districts.”
An incredible 10% of all the children on the island are involved in Funhouse Mentor Programs. Perhaps even more important, school counselors consider more than 80% of those children ‘at risk’ economically, emotionally, or both. During the course of a year our program may touch the lives of 100 or more children (almost 20% of the island’s children).
Contact Rebecca at 376-7177 or email@example.com to find out how you can become a mentor!
During the mid-1990s Orcas Island was experiencing an exceedingly high rate of alcohol and drug use by our local youth, and families were concerned for their children. This growing concern resulted in nine community forums in 1998, all involving a broad spectrum of students in grades 6-12 who were highly verbal about the serious problems of alcohol and drug use among their peers.
When asked what they needed most from their community, these teens unanimously answered: a safe place to hang out, especially on weekend nights. When The Funhouse opened its doors in September 2000, our first goal was to fulfill this need. To this day, Friday Night Hangout provides a lively, safe, and supervised place where middle and high schoolers meet and socialize every Friday night.
Our teen programming goes beyond just Friday nights, we also provide safe and fun all-night parties for Graduation Night and New Year’s Eve – two of the most dangerous nights of the year for teens. Year-round events, dances, and parties are organized with the help of our “Teen Advisory Board,” which gets the kids involved and provides great leadership training.
Check out our full Teen Night page HERE.
Get involved, contact Rebecca at 376-7177 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our newest program category incorporates three key activities designed to help Orcas Children succeed beyond high school: Online Learning, SAT Test Preparation, and College Counseling.
We provide online classes for full high school credit to nearly 50 Orcas Public School students every school year. We also organized Orcas Island’s first-ever Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) Preparation Classes, which have served dozens of kids, along with our annual “Get Off The Rock” College Counseling Series for Orcas Island students and families.
These educational programs grew out of our Mentor Program, when we learned early on that kids taking Online Classes were greatly helped if matched with a community mentor who had expertise in the subject being studied. In fact, The Funhouse has been recognized as an innovative program by The Digital Learning Commons, which provides online programs to all Washington State schools.
Not only does our Online Learning program open up otherwise unavailable subjects (e.g., Japanese, German, Chinese, Greek & Roman Mythology, Screenwriting, Web Design, and more) for our students, it is also an invaluable tool for helping kids at risk of dropping out catch up and graduate.
The annual Funhouse Science Fair, in March, is an awesome event. More than 100 kids participate, showcasing their science projects – including youth from neighboring islands. All school age youth are invited to enter their projects!
In addition to exhibits, island innovators share exciting demonstrations of all sorts. Food, music, and entertainment rounds out the day while entries are judged and prizes awarded.
The “Richie Moore Rocketship of Wonder” is awarded to the ‘Best of Show’ project by our Wizard Judges. Scholarships are awarded to high school award winners.
The Science Fair is sponsored and supported by generous Orcas Island Community Members and Local Businesses. For more information call 376-7177 or email email@example.com.
2015 Sci Fair Signup – Download Form Here!