Mayor launches “Summer of Opportunity and Safety” to support local youth

Mayor Ed Murray launched the Summer of Opportunity and Safety, a City-led effort to expand summer programming for youth through grant-funded programs, Seattle Parks Department activities and youth jobs.

These programs aim to help connect youth to opportunities across the city, focusing attention on positive activity that itself is a strong violence prevention measure.

A key piece of this effort is the Youth Opportunity Fund, a $145,000 fund to support community agencies and groups which provide positive youth development activities. Additionally, the City is unveiling a new online portal, where those looking for summer activities can find places to apply or drop-in programs throughout the summer.

“Our young people are the future of our city and we must invest in their growth and safety year-round,” said Mayor Murray. “Programs focused on engaging and supporting youth can propel them to future opportunities, including jobs. This summer, we are doubling down on that commitment to our youth by helping them access a positive environment that will help them thrive, which is the best way to prevent youth violence.”

Community organizations and businesses are encouraged to apply for a summer opportunity grant, with awards ranging from $5,000 to $15,000.

The application deadline is Tuesday, June 20 at 5 p.m. Visit the Youth Opportunity Fund website for details.  A list of programs funded in 2016 can be found here.

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