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Opt In for Kids!

About the programBrooklyn Park's Rec on the Go kids and van

Give a little extra for kids through your utility bill. Opt In for Kids! raises support from Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center residents to give kids in our community access to more afterschool and summer programs and activities. Residents are able to contribute $1, $2, $5 or $10 each quarter on their utility bills. Funds raised will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000 in the first year by United Way.

Opt In for Kids! is coordinated by Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth, an inter-governmental organization that brings community resources together so young people will have more opportunities to succeed.

A local youth grant making team will be led by the Brooklyns Youth Council, which is part of Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth. This team of young people will direct funds to organizations in Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center that serve young people, ages 10 to 19.

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Opt In for Kids!

By checking I agree, you agree to add your chosen dollar amount to your quarterly utility bill going forward

Benefits of afterschool and summer programs for kidsinfographic about afterschool programs

These programs turn out-of-school hours into productive and engaging learning time. Here are three ways these programs benefit kids:

  • They inspire learning through new experiences
  • They offer safety and supervision during afterschool and summer hours
  • They can contribute to closing the racial and income gaps through learning opportunities outside of school 

Among other positive results, afterschool and summer programs can result in:

  • Lower dropout rates
  • Higher rates of school attendance
  • Improved academic performance

Challenges and goal

There are 15,384 kids age 10 to 19 in both Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center. In the summer of 2014, 61% of these kids were not involved in summer programs that support their healthy development. Kids and their families, especially teens, are underserved.

The goal for Opt In for Kids! is to expand access to these programs.

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