Educational and Youth Programs
Housing Kitsap works closely with the Bremerton and Central Kitsap School Districts, community partners, our own staff and volunteers to provide onsite educational opportunities and links to resources that assist you in your goals. We supervise two afterschool Homework Clubs directly within our Public Housing neighborhoods and house one of Olympic Educational Service District’s Head Start Home Visitor’s at our Nollwood site. We also provide a teen leadership program to assist youth in their individual educational and career goals. Additional programs include quarterly adult classes that assist residents in developing lifeskills or computer basics.
Homework Club – Helping youth complete their school assignments and achieve academically is important to us. We offer tutoring and mentoring leadership to youth from kindergarten through high school. Sites are located at our Nollwood Apartments and at Olympic High School. Call us for our hours of operation or to register your student.
Teen Challenge – This program is open to all youth in our Public Housing who are between 13 to 18 years old. We meet twice monthly to discuss subjects that are of interest to teens such as abstaining from drug use, conflict management, goal setting, interviewing techniques, and saving for that first car. Youth are involved in service learning projects in the community, annual college campus tours and a summer work experience. As a reward for their participation in the program they can attend a summer camping retreat or apply for a Driver’s Educational Scholarship.
Head Start – Partnering with the Olympic Educational Service District has allowed us to provide a Head Start Home Visitor to help families prepare children for public education. The Home Visitor assists with parenting skills and provides links to resources that promote healthy lifestyles for all family members. Every two weeks families come together for a lunch socialization event where they can play and learn with their children.
Adult Learning – Whether you are looking for a job, trying to balance a budget or want to incorporate a healthier lifestyle in your home, Housing Kitsap wants to help. Be sure to check our calendar for upcoming events and workshops.
Because health is so essential to our ability to age-in-place and achieve our economic and personal goals, Housing Kitsap links residents with resources and offers a variety of onsite presentations. Our senior citizens stay protected against flu and pneumonia viruses each fall with Maxim Health Systems wellness clinics held at our properties. Seniors are offered educational workshops in nutrition, fall prevention, exercise and naturopathic therapy to name a few. They are also provided transportation to the annual Older Americans Conference where they can speak directly with health providers who provide services and information.
Additionally, Housing Kitsap partners with the Olympic Community College’s RN-BSN Nursing Program to work directly with our families. Their field work assists in developing health programs relevant to the concerns of our families.
Walk-to-Work is a program at Housing Kitsap that provides youth with on-the-job training. Throughout the spring youth are learning how to write a resume, fill out an application and interview for a job. They also tour employment agencies and colleges in an effort to define the best career path for themselves. Our community partners assist us in fostering developing skills during a six week employment experience, often hiring on our youth for an extended period or providing excellent references.
Adult job seekers are provided basic computer literacy workshops and links to help them succeed in their self-sufficiency goals such as acquiring their GED, and developing their financial and literacy skills. Our Community Service Requirement program puts residents into volunteer positions that increase employable skills and connect residents to community organizations.