Through the new program, underserved Concord youth can experience traditional summer recreation activities. This includes the popular group swim lessons at Concord Community Pool. Also included, Backyard Explorers day camp for elementary students and East Bay Explorers day camp for middle school students. Another program offers Counselor in Training (CIT) for teens ages 12-15.
The City has opened the Youth Scholarship Program to all Concord residents under the age of 18. The youth must meet financial qualifications and submit a completed application. Awardees will pay a nominal enrollment fee of $10-$75, depending on the program selected. Participation is limited and based on funding availability.
“We are proud to create more opportunities for Concord youth to enjoy our summer programs,” Recreation Services Director Steve Voorhies said. “Getting outdoors, playing and learning new skills is what being a kid is all about. Our goal? That this program will reduce barriers to recreation.”
Applications become available beginning Monday, May 1. The City will accept applications until spaces or funding are exhausted. To learn more about the program and to apply, please visit www.cityofconcord.org/youthscholarship. General information about all of the programs offered through Recreation Services is as also available on the City of Concord website, www.cityofconcord.org/recreation.
Funding for this financial assistance program was made possible by the one-time allocation of federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Concord received $27 million, and the Concord City Council directed $7 million into various City projects and initiatives, including this scholarship program, which received $100,000 intended to support participation in recreation activities for the next two summers.