Mayor Adams, here’s how to go upstream: Invest in New York’s youth now

Summer camps and the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) are essential resources. Fully staffed and resourced camps help close the achievement gap and prevent summer learning loss, which for the most part impacts low-income families who cannot afford the cost of private camps. (Underprivileged New Yorkers, of course, have been the most educationally impacted by three COVID-disrupted school years.) They provide a safe and stable environment where children can eat a balanced meal, interact with caring adults and explore new areas of interest. They also serve as gateways for parents and family members to access additional resources from community organizations, such as English classes, SNAP food benefits, wellness activities, and gender-sensitive counseling. traumas.

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