SAN FRANCISCO – After a successful event in 2014, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with Department of Children, Youth and Families and San Francisco Unified School District, will again host the annual Summer Resource Fair, a free family event that showcases the multitude of summer camps, internships, and other fun programs for children and youth throughout San Francisco. The Fair will feature over 160 exhibitors with offerings for every age group, from toddlers, to tweens, to teenagers. The Fair will begin at 10:00am on Saturday, February 7th at Balboa High School.
In 2014, about 2000 families came to the event, and about a third of the attendees came from Excelsior, Outer Mission and Sunnyside neighborhoods. A survey was conducted for feedback and improvement. About 10% of the attendees took the survey, and more than 66% were first time attendees while about 98% said that they will return for the next summer resource fair. In fact, over 71% said that the fair provided them the info they needed to enroll their children in a summer program, and that 89% said that they found programs that they could afford. The survey also revealed that 77% of families prioritized summer programs as a time for learning, 66% believed the goal for summer programs was for life enrichment and to try new things, while more than 57% said that summer programs were for making friends and social development.
“SF Rec and Park is proud to co-host the Summer Resource Fair where we offer opportunity for healthy recreation programming y to children and families,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We work hard to provide a safe and enriching environment for everyone to get out and play.”
SF Rec and Park offers Tot Camps such as “Tot Olympics” and “Look What I Made”; Fun After Summer School for children attending summer school; Shred N’ Butter Skateboarding Camp that teaches kids skateboarding in parks safely; Teen Fun, a community team camp for future teen leaders. So many SF Rec and Park Summer Day Camp activities are offered for kids of all ages with all different needs every summer. In addition, SF Rec and Park works with parents of children with disabilities to register any of the camp programs and provide appropriate support, including Camp Azure, a discovery camp experience for children with autism. For more information, please visit www.sfrecpark.org.
“More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities,” said Dr. Maria Su, Executive Director of the Department of Children, Youth, and their Families (DCYF). “Social scientists, psychologists, educators and others have spent over ten years researching the phenomenon now known as ‘Summer Learning Loss,’ and their work has proven that young people who do not attend a summer enrichment program can lose up to two months worth of reading skills and mathematical computation skills. This is why DCYF co-hosts the Summer Resource Fair each year: families, children, and youth need to know of the many programs, camps, and other opportunities available to them throughout the summer. Families that make in-person connections with program providers at the Fair are more likely to follow through with registering their children in one of these programs.”
DCYF funds 76 summer-specific programs – many of which will be exhibitors at the Summer Resource Fair – as well as after school and year round programs in every neighborhood in San Francisco. These programs include academic support services, health and wellness, youth workforce development programs, violence prevention and intervention programs, cultural enrichment, and more. DCYF creates and facilitates innovative citywide policies and projects in support of children, youth, and families. As a result, children, youth, and families from throughout the City participate in a broad range of programs in the areas of early child care, academic support, health and wellness, youth workforce development, and cultural enrichment.