Where the school district can’t, The City can 

Mayor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced plans to expand summer youth programs and camps citywide to help make up for the fact that the school district is cutting summer programs, including summer school.

“Keeping youth active and engaged during the summer months is important for families and the community,” Newsom said. “San Francisco is not going to let state budget cuts get in the way of providing good summer options for youth.”

The Recreation and Park Department is stepping up, making more room for kids at 57 different camps. For the first time, the San Francisco Housing Authority and Recreation and Park Department are partnering to offer free camp and free swim lessons for kids living in public housing.

On the jobs front, The City is using a $500,000 state grant to implement a summer jobs program for San Francisco teens who are academically at-risk.

For more information, parents can call (415) 831-6800 during business hours or e-mail sfreconline@sfgov.org.

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