Summer youth opportunities and camps

ST. PETERSBURG — It’s that time of year. Parents who need summer camp options for their children need to be on the lookout now. Summer can mean vacation, trips and fun, but it is also a time for enrichment, exploration and staving off summer slide.

The Cecil B. Keane Summer Enrichment Program is a free summer camp for 8-11th graders featuring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) activities.

It will be held June 3 through July 10 from 8:30-1:30 p.m. at St. Petersburg College Midtown campus, 1048 22nd St S, St. Petersburg. The program features hands on STEAM activities, including working with drones and career explorations and college tours.  Three college credits will be awarded to 11th-grade students.

For more info, contact Morgan.kay@spcollege.edu or call 727-398-8225.

2019 Creative Writing Summer Camp for ages 9-12

Learn about creativity in a fun week-long writing camp with Keep St. Pete Lit teachers! All students will explore storytelling through play, art, writing and zine-making in a welcoming environment. 2019 Creative Writing Summer Camp is for ages children ages 9-12.

The camp is FREE for low-income students. If you don’t qualify for low-income status, tuition is $150.00 per week.

Camp takes place at Morean Center for Clay, 420 22nd St S, St. Pete, from July 15-19 and July 22-26 (9:30am-12:30pm). For more information and how to register for camp, log on to keepstpetelit.org.

Summer at City Hall

Students have the unique opportunity to meet with city leaders weekly to further their understanding of local government and municipal policy. Through specialized workshops and meetings facilitated by selected departments, students will become familiar with the day to day tasks and the planning that happens behind the scenes to bring ideas to fruition.

The program runs June 13 – July 18, 2019.

General program components include

■ Researching issues and legislation affecting St. Petersburg

■ Propose creative solutions to solve issues in the city, as selected by students.

■ Attending City Council meetings, committee meetings, and selected department presentations

■ Developing administrative skills

■ Touring the evidence locker rooms at the new St. Petersburg Police headquarters

■ Touring a chemistry lab and learning plant operations as used by the Water Resources Department

■ Participating in a TASCO event hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department

■ Learning about exciting development opportunities and projects coming to the city

Goals

■ Introduce students to local government structure and work in the public sphere

■ Foster interest in leadership and civic matters

■ Create a high school to career pipeline to ensure a more diverse and prepared public sector workforce

■ Create an opportunity for our youth to address city issues

■ Strengthen intergenerational relationships and improve adult knowledge of youth

■ Develop skills and abilities in a new cohort of civic leaders and professionals

■ Identify ways students can impact their communities.

■ Become aware of the voting process and registration rules.

Candidate Requirements

■ Excellent communication skills, both oral and written

■ Good academic standing or a recommendation from school staff

■ Interest in working in public administration and basic knowledge of local government

■ A strong ability to follow direction and work independently.

■ Availability to attend all scheduled sessions.

Summer 2019 applications are open through April 21 at 11:59 p.m. For more information, contact the Office of City Council at 727-551-3305 or Kyandra.Darling@stpete.org.

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