D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser mentioned town is able to provide younger folks and their households optimistic methods to spend all their free time this summer time.

D.C. leaders have been touting a drop in crime this 12 months, and as public college college students anticipate the tip of the college 12 months subsequent week, officers are revealing their plans to maintain youngsters engaged and proceed shifting in the suitable path.

“I do know youngsters from throughout D.C. are excited — lecturers are excited, and oldsters are excited too,” mentioned Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Bowser mentioned town is able to provide younger folks and their households positive ways to spend all their free time.

“Now is the time when the whole authorities comes collectively, communities come collectively, dad and mom speak to one another and their kids, about how we’re going to have a secure, enjoyable and interesting summer time.”

The mayor touted metropolis choices, equivalent to its 22 swimming pools and 32 spray parks that will probably be open for all. She additionally mentioned town may have 8,700 summer time camp slots out there to youngsters.

The metropolis can even have 100 meal websites open for youths who want them.

“There is not any utility required, no sign-up required and no ID required. So, present up and have your meal or snack and choose it up and take it dwelling,” Bowser mentioned.

As town continues to fight youth crime, town can also be providing applications aimed toward giving younger folks issues to do, even throughout later hours. The metropolis’s “Late Night Hype” outreach program goals to supply leisure for teenagers and households from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday nights.

Bowser additionally touted the return of a program that’s been a summer time custom within the metropolis for the previous 45 years.

“In just some weeks, greater than 12,000 younger folks will start their summer time jobs via the Marion Barry summer time youth program. It’s a tremendous alternative for our children to earn and be taught — that’s earn cash and acquire precious expertise,” Bowser mentioned.

D.C. police Chief Pamela Smith warned that officers can even proceed to implement town’s late-night curfew for youngsters. Smith urged dad and mom to do their half and be concerned with their kids.

“Do you recognize the place your kids are? We are going to be very intentional this summer time, particularly round youth engagement and the way we work together with our youth in a optimistic manner.

Smith additionally mentioned they determined final 12 months to kick off town’s summer time crime initiative within the winter, focusing on high-crime areas together with the neighborhoods of Rosedale, Washington Highlands and Anacostia.

“We’ve seen a major discount in crime right now,” Smith mentioned.

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