COVID-19: NYC Quote of the Day 2020-07-01

Wednesday, July 1, 2020, NYC Mayor de Blasio - $115 Million in Summer Programming for Young People

Speaking of young people, they've been through a lot. A very good result of the budget process, working with the City Council $115 million will now be invested in summer programming. That's going to reach 115,000 young people in this city. I want to tell you about a couple of the pieces. We're going to use young people as social distancing ambassadors and ambassadors for our Test and Trace program, getting the word out in communities. They'll get paid to do this good, meaningful, productive, rewarding work, and they'll help us to keep people safe. We're also going to have summer camps, combining our pre-existing efforts, the COMPASS initiative, Beacon programs, Cornerstone programs. A lot of it will be online. Some of it will be outdoors. All of it will be done safely, but it'll be very enriching for kids. And then the Summer Bridge program, a variation on that for the coronavirus moment, makes sure that our young people will get financial support, that they'll be able to work on career readiness, and be able to explore the future and do important community service. A lot of that will be online, but it will be very positive and rewarding for our kids. They'll make a difference in their communities. They'll prepare themselves for their future. It will help our kids on the right path and help them to get compensated because we want our young people to have a positive and productive summer.
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