SF Rec & Park and Dept of Children, Youth and Families Offer Summer Resources
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with Department of Children, Youth and Families and San Francisco Unified School District will host the annual Summer Resource Fair, a free family oriented 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, March 8th at Balboa High School.
“SF Rec and Park offers all sorts of healthy recreation to our young people during summer,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We want to get them out to our parks and play by providing them a safe and enriching environment throughout the summer.”
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.
“The summer months are a crucial time for young people, particularly young people from low income families,” said Maria Su, Executive Director of the Department of Children, Youth, and their Families (DCYF). “Children from low income families are traditionally less likely to attend a summer program, which contributes to an achievement gap among children from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Research shows that young people who do not attend a summer enrichment program can lose up to two months of mathematical computation skills and up to two months of reading skills. This is why the Summer Resource Fair is so important: families with children who attend the Fair can make on-the-spot connections with programs, camps, and other summer opportunities, and after that interaction they 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.
“We are so lucky here in San Francisco, a world-class center for the arts, technology, food and science,” said SFUSD Superintendent Richard A. Carranza, “And for that reason there are so many places for kids to go to learn and learn about these and other things in the summer. The Resource Fair makes it easy for families to discover these programs.”