Youth Staff

Teens teaching teens.

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The REC hires teens ages 14-18 to teach, lead workshops and activities, mentor other REC Roomers, and represent our organization in the community.

This means students get important information about health, relationships, life skills, and resources from their peers. Peer education helps increase knowledge and positive experiences for teens, plus, it means the REC Room and KBFPC stay relevant to what young people in our community want and need.

What's a Peer Educator?

REC Peer Educators get paid to meet regularly as a team with the Peer Education Coordinator. They become experts on positive youth development, sexual health and wellness, and more. Trained Peer Eds co-teach our comprehensive, resiliency-based sexual health classes alongside program staff. Job perks include cool learning opportunities and creative projects, and getting to hang out with a seriously fun group of people.

What's a Peer Mentor?

Peer Mentors work with the REC Room Coordinator to master leadership and planning skills. They get paid to lead activities, support other teens, and keep things running smoothly. Peer Mentors help give teens ownership over the REC space and culture and make sure it’s welcoming and inclusive for all.

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Want to Apply?

If this sounds like a role for you, or a teen you know, please apply or share the news! 

We accept inquiries and applications at any time from any local youth (recommended for 9th grade and up.) 

Meet Our Youth Staff

Warren Baxter • Peer Educator
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Warren does not really have any pronouns so call Warren what you would like as long as it is appropriate. Warren is Alaskan born and raised and a junior at Homer High School. Some goals for the future are getting a Bachelor’s Degree in petrology, jewelry, arts, or fashion, and eventually getting a house or apartment of their own. Warren dreams of becoming a known singer, fashion designer, actor, or lapidarist. Some of Warren’s talents include singing, jewelry making, playing the ukulele, and are now working on learning the piano.

Warren applied to be a peer educator because they wanted to help people figure out who they are, especially LGBTQ+ youth. They also wanted to help inform people about ways to be safe. Warren hopes to become more confident when they speak. They also would like to learn more leadership skills because they are good skills to have.

Ella Smith Davis • Peer Educator

2021 marks the 15th year Ella has spent meandering the Earth’s crust, and her first year as a Peer Educator at the R.E.C. Room. Her pronouns are she/they, and she is a freshman at Homer High school. Some things they fill their time with are skateboarding, drawing, and shopping for big clunky boots that they’ll never be able to afford. She decided to apply for the Peer Ed team to continue to spread the message of positivity and acceptance to the community of kids and teens here in Homer. While on the team, they hope to inspire their peers to learn more about sexual health and emotional well-being.

Logan Dias • Peer Educator

Logan lived in New Jersey for 14 years before moving up to Alaska in late July of 2020. He is currently 15 years old and goes by he/him pronouns. He joined the peer education team in May of 2021 and is currently a sophomore in high school. The reason why he wants to be a Peer Educator is he wants to help make people more comfortable and confident around others and doesn’t want them to feel judged or worried about what others think about them. He wants people to feel safe and happy knowing there is a place that supports and cares about them even during tough times.

Esmé Golden • Peer Educator

Esmé Golden was born in Anchorage and moved to Homer in 2016 and has been living their best life ever since. An aspiring artist and cartoonist, they plan to get a job in the massage industry to help pay for some fancy graphic design school. They dream of eventually making an animated series. Esmé enjoys drawing comics, designing D&D adventures and playing video games in their spare time.

Esmé applied to be a Peer Educator to help educate their fellow students on how to be safe and informed regarding puberty, relationships and sex. As a part of the LGBTQ+ community, they wish to bring understanding and acceptance to the community of Homer.

Mika Matysczak • Peer Educator

Mika was born at a very young age and is now a sophomore at Homer Flex High School. They are a local forest cryptid with big dreams of becoming a clownboy, they say yee-honk and ride around on circus horses. Mika is gay gay homosexual gay and has no idea what’s going on at any given moment. No brain. Head empty. They have none gender and will accept any pronouns. No thoughts, head empty, brain scrambled egg. There is no past, do not ask. They work at the REC Room because it is socially acceptable to say penis and laugh.