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Gloria Sets Aside More Than $2 Million for Summer Youth Programs in 2022 Budget Plan

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Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego
Mayor Todd Gloria outlines funding proposals for youth programs in his 2022 budget. Photo credit: MayorToddGloria, via Twitter

Mayor Todd Gloria Thursday outlined his “Summer for All of Us” initiative, intended to create more recreation and employment opportunities for youth in historically underserved communities.

“As we move into recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s vitally important we engage and provide supports to our youth which is exactly what this initiative is designed to do,” Gloria said. “By providing young people access to engaging programming that connects them to opportunities that promote physical activity, learning and employment, we are setting them up for success in our city.”

According to his proposed $4.6 billion budget, the initiative will:

  • Create programs to help children and families take part in activities at libraries and recreation centers in underserved communities;
  • Invest $1 million in the Connect2Careers workforce development program to bolster youth employment;
  • Add $500,000 to enhance library youth programming;
  • Continue and expand the “SDAccess4All” initiative that aims to close the digital divide;
  • Invest $400,000 in youth programming supporting equitable access at 16 recreation centers, three park venues and five aquatic locations, and
  • Set aside $250,000 for paid internships with the Parks and Recreation Department through the Summer Youth Environmental and Recreation Corps Program.

The funding. said Andy Field, San Diego parks director, also “provides young adults in their late teens and early twenties the opportunity to acquire valuable life and leadership skills that will help them secure important work experience either at the city or in a future career.”

The San Diego Parks Foundation and San Diego County have committed to partnering with the city by allocating funding for summer programming, with encouragement for families to “come play outside.”

View the full budget proposal on the city’s website.