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The District kicked off its summer recreational activities June 28.
Patrick Madden
The District kicked off its summer recreational activities June 28.

At Barry Farms Recreation Center in Southeast D.C., kids and adults alike are celebrating the kickoff of the "Be Safe This Summer" campaign , part of One City Summer Fun, the larger designation for the city's recreational activities programming.

Representatives from the various public safety agencies highlighted crime prevention tips, fireworks safety, and home emergency preparedness strategies during the kickoff.

Ed Davis with the Children's Youth Investment Trust explains that this year, they've tried to focus on keeping kids safe, especially those that may have been turned away from the summer jobs and other programs.

"We are providing programs that work with young people who are in the summer youth employment program, but also with a focus on those that are not," Davis says. "Everything from arts and crafts, to athletics, to technology and STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] programming.

"Even our public libraries are offering reading programs at many of their sites," he adds.

The city agencies that run various summer programs for city youth are also partnering with a variety of nonprofit agencies to assure that all information about all opportunities for kids at one place.

"As part of the One City Summer Fun program this year, it is not just the city agencies that we're coordinating with, but community-based organizations and faith-based organizations as well," Davis says.


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