Brooklyn Park, Minn. (Sept. 6, 2011) — The Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth, a newly formed group from the areas of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center, will be sponsoring a community summit October 13 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Edinburgh USA Clubhouse, 8700 Edinburgh Crossing in Brooklyn Park.
The purpose of the summit is to shape an action plan for out-of-school opportunities in the Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center areas. Leaders from schools, government, youth organizations, and community members will gather to create a plan that will have a long lasting impact on youth in our community.
National and local experts will share stories on how communities created a coordinated effort to provide out of school time opportunities. Speakers include St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Jim Cheshire with Chicago Allies for Youth and Keith Dixon, former superintendent of Duluth schools. Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center Mayors, Jeff Lunde and Tim Willson, will be hosting this summit on behalf of their communities.
Research shows that young people who have access to quality after school activities gain a wide variety of positive outcomes, from academic achievement to better health. In 2008, a survey of more than 2,000 teens in Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center showed 75 percent did not participate in any community programs. Since then, both cities have been working to decrease that statistic and get more young people engaged in after school programs.
After school programs supplement the school day by offering much needed activities like college and career counseling, character education and activities that are decreasingly available in schools, such as art, physical education, music, and civics.
The new Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth is an intergovernmental group consisting of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center city officials, school superintendents, Hennepin County officials and leaders from higher educational institutions within the Brooklyn areas. For more information contact: Jan Ficken, Recreation Programs Manager at 763-493-8340 or [email protected]