Vancouver gets money for youth activities through federal funds

Funds will go to summer day camps, other activities.

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) – The Vancouver Parks, Recreation and Culture Department has received hundreds of thousands of dollars to expand summer recreation opportunities for area youth.

The city received the money from the Summer Experiences and Enrichment for Kids Fund, according to a news release. City officials say the funds will support programs that create safe, supportive and equitable recreation opportunities for K-12 youth.

These programs are Summer Day Camps, Urban Youth Leadership Program, and Youth Sports Camps and Clinics.

“Safe outdoor recreation opportunities are so important to the physical, mental and emotional health of young people,” said recreation director David Perlick. “This SEEK funding will allow us to expand these programs and serve more youth and families in our community.”

The goal of the SEEK Fund is to increase access to quality outdoor summer programming for youth and communities that have historically been underserved and have been most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a added the city.

The SEEK Fund is made up of federal funds distributed to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington under the American Rescue Plan Act.

Together with the Association of Washington Cities and the Washington Recreation & Park Association, the city said OSPI will provide more than $10 million for summer 2022 programs to more than 70 parks and recreation agencies across the state.

To learn more about Vancouver’s parks, recreation and cultural services programming, click here.

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