Summer 17 Dream! Explore! Do! campaign launched
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and representatives of the expanded learning community have introduced the Summer 17 Dream! Explore! Do! youth campaign for summer activities.
This is the second year for a collaborative approach to summer youth programming. The Summer 16 program exceeded its goal of 16,000 participants by attracting 21,000 Pittsburgh and Allegheny County K-12 youth in fun and educational activities. The goal for Summer 17 is to engage 27,000 youth throughout the city and county in meaningful summer learning opportunities.
The Summer 17 website, http://pittsburghpa.gov/summer17/index.html, offers the same resources as last year including a checklist for parents, an activities calendar, and a centralized repository of summer programs. New this year is a blog for parents that will showcase new, free, and unique programming.
“We have tremendous organizations offering a great range of interesting, educational, and fun activities for local students during their summers,” said Mayor Peduto. “The summer learning environment is different from the regular school year because more outside activities are possible and our local youth have more flexibility to visit the great attractions throughout the city.”
The United Way of Southwestern PA, a Summer 17 partner, collaborates with many of the Summer 17 program providers. Allegheny Partners for Out of School Time (APOST) is an initiative of the United Way that promotes the importance of afterschool and summer programs.
“These programs foster positive relationships between adults and children to inspire learning, keep kids safe, and help working parents,” stated Bob Nelkin, President and CEO of United Way of SWPA. Nelkin also noted the importance of these programs stating that research shows that participation in summer activities can improve classroom behavior, school attendance, academic aspirations, and reduce the summer learning slide.
In addition to Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh and United Way of SWPA, Summer 17 partners include: Allies for Children, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Citiparks, Kidsburgh, Learn & Earn, The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Partner 4 Work, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Remake Learning Network, The Sprout Fund, and the Pittsburgh Public Schools Summer Dreamers Academy.