Summer Spaces Program to Provide Free Outdoor Kids Programming and Employment
Thanks to a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ford Foundation, and the JPB Foundation, NYC children will have access to free and safe programming outdoors this summer through Fresh Air Summer Spaces..
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“We have a long history at The Fresh Air Fund of promoting career exploration through our summer and year-round programs, while promoting training and workforce development,” Shama said.
Health and safety, both physical and emotional, are priorities for The Fresh Air Fund. Each of the Summer Spaces will follow guidelines from the CDC and New York Forward in addition to participating in contact tracing training from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Medical support staff and a social worker will be present at each site to offer emotional support if needed.
Summer Spaces was inspired by the 2008 program “Summer Streets” under the Bloomberg administration, which opened NYC streets on weekends for recreational use. “Summer Spaces builds on [the idea of Summer Streets] by providing children across the city more places to get outside, participate in supervised activities, and most importantly, have fun—because when you’re a kid, that’s what summer break should be all about,” Patti Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies and former deputy mayor of New York City, said in a press release.
The Fresh Air Fund, a non-profit organization devoted to providing free summer experiences to children from low-income New York City communities, will manage Summer Spaces in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens from the week of July 27 -Aug.27. The four sites will be operating Monday-Thursday from 10am-4pm. Each site will serve around 90 children daily, and will provide nearly 26,000 play slots throughout the summer.