BALTIMORE (WJZ) — On Thursday, Baltimore city leaders promoted the launch of the B’More Summer Information Centera resource of opportunities for young people during the summer.
The website’s goal is to provide a destination for families seeking summer camp information through Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and nonprofit organizations. nonprofit, summer learning activities and employment opportunities.
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Mayor Brandon Scott said summer is a time of ‘exploration’ and ‘growth’ for local youth, whether that means starting their first job, making new friends or learning life skills through programs such as Youthworks, a youth employment program.
“It is also a difficult time for many of our youth and families struggling with food insecurity and lack of opportunity,” the mayor said, adding that the Hub will connect families in need with employment opportunities and meal assistance programs.
As part of this effort, the city and its partners are providing employment opportunities, summer learning activities, summer camp spots and meal assistance. These opportunities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Approximately 3,000 spaces at summer camps operated by Baltimore City Recreation and Parks
- More than 6,500 summer jobs thanks to Youthworks for young people aged 14 to 21
- More than two dozen learning opportunities at Baltimore City Public Schools
- More than 9,000 places in programs funded by the Summer Funding Collaborative
- Expanded service through SNAP to feed thousands of local children
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“Our young people deserve access to safe, affordable and engaging opportunities during the summer months,” Scott said.
Alysia Lee, president of the Baltimore Children & Youth Fund, said the organization is “honored to invest in older young people who are often overlooked and do not have access to the enrichment of extracurricular time.”
“These young people are close to adulthood or early in their adulthood and they need to know that they still have the support of their city and its institutions,” Lee said.
Along with the new website, the mayor also promoted the launch of B’More Lit, a series of summer events held across the city that will include, among other things, live entertainment and free refreshments. The first event is scheduled for May 28.
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To find out more about the offers offered to young people and families this summer, consult the B’More summer information centre.