Established in 2010 to serve the youth of the community, the REC Room is an outreach program offered through the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic. We support the Clinic’s mission to provide education in a supportive and empowering environment.
The REC is here to help meet the needs of our community’s youth. We offer high-quality, vital information and support to help young people make positive choices and have healthy relationships. Evidence-based Positive Youth Development practices are infused into all aspects of the REC Room culture.
Structured activities at KBFPC’s youth programs begin with an acknowledgment that we live and work in the unceded territories of the Alutiiq, Sugpiaq, and Dena’ina people, to show respect for indigenous Alaska Native peoples and recognize their continuing relationship to the land. This public gesture is a formal way to express gratitude and appreciation for elders past, present, and future, and raise awareness about histories that are often suppressed or erased.
What the REC Room means to us
"I feel like you all are my trusted adults."
- REC Roomer
"Come curious, leave empowered and full of popcorn."
- Sierra, REC Room Coordinator
“The adults here respect me.”
- Peer Educator & REC Roomer
“Come as you are. Inclusivity is our game.”
- Tyler, Peer Ed Coordinator
"Cool place, cool people, good vibes.”
- REC Roomer
“If I’d had a place like this growing up, my teenage years would have been very different.”
- Curtis, Community Mentor
“The REC Room is like going to your favorite aunt's house.”
- REC Roomer
Meet Our Program Staff
Carolyn Norton • Youth Program Manager
Carolyn Norton is a lifelong Homer person and a longtime fan of the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic. Growing up, her best friend’s mother was a school nurse who would show them educational videos about puberty to see which they liked best, so her appreciation for high-quality sexual health education goes way back.
Carolyn spent seven years with the Kenai Peninsula Children’s Advocacy Centers, serving as a family advocate for children and their supportive family members dealing with sexual abuse and severe physical abuse and coordinating the multidisciplinary team that responds in such cases. She went on to work as a special education aide at Fireweed Academy before joining the KBFPC crew.
Today, she is happy to be raising her son in this special place, surrounded by family and friends. She spends her spare time acting and teaching youth theater at Pier One Theatre and trying to keep her cat from eating the houseplants.
Tyler Schlieman • Peer Education Coordinator
Tyler joined the REC Room in the fall of 2019 and has enjoyed bringing vital information to the youth of Homer since then by coordinating educational opportunities with schools and local organizations with the help of the Peer Ed Team. His own continuing education has included several trainings through the National Center for Sex Education, various violence prevention trainings, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and other AASECT-certified (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, & Therapists) professional development trainings. Tyler was born in Yakima, Washington, got his BA from the University of Washington, and has spent time living in Seattle, Brooklyn, and now Homer, where they hope to continue to live for a long time and create more resiliency and connection within the community. In their free time, Tyler co-hosts a weekly radio show with Sierra Moskios (REC Room Coordinator), paints, gardens, loves to travel when possible, and runs his coffee business at the Farmer’s Market during the summer.
Sierra Moskios • REC Room Coordinator
Sierra was born in Utah until life unexpectedly took her family to the rural Alaskan island of Dutch Harbor, smack dab in the middle of the icy Bering Sea. There as a young teen Sierra was introduced to the world of activism and social work through volunteering at the local women’s shelter, as well as the youth peer-ed team Natural Helpers.
Sierra moved to Homer when she was a sophomore, heard about the REC Room, and immediately applied to become one of the sexual health Peer Educators. Sierra worked here for about two years before graduating high school early to explore the big world outside Alaska, finding herself skipping through Utah and New York before pursuing a degree in Psychology Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. PLU slowly became not the right school and she decided to continue to travel, to Thailand and most recently Colorado to enjoy the snowbird winter life, while still being able to migrate to Homer for summers.
Last year she decided to wind down her nomadic lifestyle and settle into Homer once again, and couldn’t be more excited to be back on the REC Room team! Besides work, Sierra enjoys bike rides, swimming in the ocean, Lady Gaga, and advocating for animal & LGBTQIA+ rights.