Summer Heatwave Program Tries To Reach 1,000 Kids With The Help Of Crowdfunding
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department is reaching out to the community to help keep teens safe - and crime low - over the summer months. The Summer Heatwave program is a partnership between the city, Gainesville Police Department, The State Attorney's Office, and Alachua County Public Schools that offers kids organized sports, pool parties, teen lounges and a safe space during evenings over the summer months.
It's thought to be a leading cause of helping to reduce summer juvenile crime rates in the community. Program Coordinator Alicia Antone, GPD Sgt. Steve Bradford, and Heatwave volunteer Fareed Johnson stopped by Morning Edition to talk more about the program.
The city has budgeted $10,000 for the 2014 summer program, through a crowdfunding initiative on Citizeninvestor, the program is trying to raise an additional $10,720 to double the amount of kids they can support. Last year, 500 teenagers were a part of the program. By raising the additional money, coordinators say 1,000 teens can take part this year and several services will be expanded. As of Wednesday, May 14th, the campaign is about $6,000 short of its goal. The funding initiative ends May 24th.
For more information and to make a tax-deductible donation visit www.citizinvestor.com/project/summer-heatwave-
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