By Lily Dayton
Over half the kids in California receive free or reduced lunch at school—yet the majority of these low-income kids don’t receive federally funded meals during the summer. Now schools and community organizations are coming together to make sure summer lunch reaches kids in need, even if they aren’t in summer school.
By Suzanne Potter
In the past two years, poverty rates in Riverside County rose from 12 percent to about 14 percent, according to the Community Action Partnership (CAP) Riverside, the agency charged with doing something about it.
By Callie Shanafelt
Last year there were 26 homicides in the City of Richmond – and seventeen of them happened in the summer. This year, Office of Neighborhood Safety outreach workers have taken to the streets of North Richmond to try and stop the spike in homicides.
By Jessica Portner
On one bright summer evening, a counselor, Nathaniel San, is talking to a group of teens and preteens packed around two tables in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Central Long Beach. His summertime lessons in the high-crime neighborhood aren’t about the mechanics of math or the intricacies of biology. They are about managing anger by converting negatives into positives, thinking before doing, and knowing the consequences of one’s actions.
For some, summer camp brings to mind canoeing on a mountain lake, hiking and roasting hotdogs and marshmallows over an open fire.
Today for many children in cities such as Los Angeles, summer camp provides a different experience, as kids fill school classrooms and playgrounds during the months when school’s out. Activities typically include arts and crafts, field trips, games and for some urban campers, learning about healthy eating choices.
As part of a wide-ranging strategic effort to combat childhood obesity, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has partnered with Koreatown Youth & Community Center (KYCC), LA’s Best, and other organizations, to get children excited about nutritious food and physical activity. Healthy Habits summer program is offered by Cedars-Sinai at six locations in underserved areas of Los Angeles.