COUNCIL SUPPORTS PROGRAMS TO KEEP KIDS OFF THE STREETS THIS SUMMER
To help make sure kids are off the streets and engaged in positive activities this summer, the Children’s Services Council has provided expansion opportunities for programs serving children in St. Lucie County.
For more than sixteen years, the Children’s Services Council has dedicated funding to allow for additional summer opportunities for local children. This year, eleven programs will receive much-needed funding to assist children in our community by providing full-time summer activities that run at least 8 weeks of the summer break. The goal is two-fold - to engage them in positive learning activities to help avoid any potential learning loss and to keep them off the streets and motivated to stay on a continued path of success.
The summer programs that will receive funding from Children’s Services Council include ALPI, Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County, Give Back 2 Kids, Grace Educational Center, E.N.D. IT!, Helping People Succeed, In the Image of Christ, Inc., Lincoln Park Community Center, SoRe Labs, Sword Outreach and YMCA of the Treasure Coast These programs are in addition to those already providing year-round services to children at Frontline for Kids, Future Generations, Save Our Children and The Arc of St. Lucie County.
Notable new additions this year are a specialized Boys & Girls Club location at Rivers Edge Elementary targeting struggling readers, the SoRe Labs summer outreach STEM program, and the E.N.D. IT! Summer camp for teens focusing on creative arts activities.
The selected programs project to serve an additional 1,000 local children in summer programs that will help them improve their academic performance during a time when students typically lose ground. Sean Boyle, Executive Director of the Children’s Services Council, noted that while summer camps are designed to be fun, these programs focus on much more. “Each of these programs has a plan for high-quality summer learning activities. Having fun is a part of that, and we of course want them to be safe, but ensuring that they are continuing to learn is so important during the summer months when they are away from the classroom.”
Registration information for the summer programs being supported by the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County is coordinated directly with each program. Additional information about the programs receiving support this summer or throughout the year can be found on our website at www.cscslc.org. If you need additional assistance, please call us at 772.408.1100.
The Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County improves the lives of more than 30,000 children and families in our community by funding and partnering with quality agencies that ensure that every baby is a healthy baby, stop child abuse before it happens, keep kids off the streets, keep them in school, and keep them away from drugs, alcohol and other risky behaviors.