North Port : City launches youth scholarship program for children to participate in Parks and Recreation programs
The City of North Port’s General Services Department has launched a Youth Scholarship Program that will allow children age 17 and under from income eligible families to attend Parks and Recreation Division programs. All of the Parks and Recreation Division’s programs are designed to create positive recreation experiences that promote physical, mental, and social well-being.
Want to help? The City of North Port also is accepting tax-deductible donations for the scholarship program from individuals, businesses, and community groups interested in having a direct, life-enhancing impact on a local child or teen.
“It is well documented that children who participate in recreational programs grow up to have to have healthier, active lifestyles. Recreation promotes physical, mental and social well-being, and low-income families should have access to recreational programs for their children. The Youth Scholarship program is intended to make our activities and summer camp accessible to youth who would not otherwise have the means to participate,” said Sandy Pfundheller, General Services Interim Director.
The program will be available for all North Port children age 17 or under who meet the financial eligibility standards based on the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. A parent or legal guardian is required to complete the application and is responsible for providing accurate information and supporting documentation. Scholarships are limited to one (1) program per person for both the Winter/Spring and Summer/Fall seasons and two (2) weeks of Summer Day Camp.
The recreation scholarship fund is supported through individual, group and business contributions, in accordance with donor’s wishes. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of need and availability of donated funds.
Applications will be accepted throughout the year. To apply, complete a scholarship application form found on the City’s website and submit to the City’s Social Services Division. Applications are then reviewed by a Scholarship Committee. All information is handled confidentially.
“We are very excited about offering this program to North Port families,” said Janet Carrillo, Social Services Manager. “We hope that the community will consider donating to the scholarship fund so that we can continue to help local children. This is one way to truly make a difference in a child’s life.”
The City received a donation of $1,112 from a North Port resident, Capt. Lloyd Reeves, as part of a Cocoplum Paddle-a-Thon event that took place in March. The funding has kick started the program.
“We are very thankful for Capt. Reeves’ contribution and the opportunity it provides to positively impact the youth in our community,” Pfundheller said.
For more information about the scholarship program or to make a donation, contact the Parks and Recreation Division at (941) 429-7275.
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