Youth Center Policy Order

Whereas: Cambridge Youth Centers offer diverse and high quality programs that promote leadership, athleticism, and youth development; and

 

Whereas: Youth Centers provide a safe-haven for teenagers to learn, grow socially, and develop positive social values outside the school day; and

 

Whereas: Youth centers provide an essential source of emotional and moral support for neighborhood especially in situations of abuse or neglect; and

 

Whereas: Youth centers despite being a community asset, may be underutilized by the the community in terms of programing and space; and

 

Whereas: Youth centers may be able to increase enrollment and engagement through a proactive program of outreach, mentorship and streetwork; and

 

Whereas: Underutilized youth center space could be a resource for other community and Out of School Time programming; now therefore be it

 

Ordered: The City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the appropriate city departments to commision a study of Cambridge Youth Centers with a focus on use rates and underutilized space; and be it further

 

Ordered: The City Manager be and hereby is requested to include strategies for recruitment and outreach—especially those that address low-use rates and programmatic additions—as part of the study; and be it further

 

Ordered: The City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the council on this matter.

 


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