Summer Zones benefit from Community Foundation grant
Broome County Promise Zone received a $25,000 grant from the Community Foundation of South Central New York (CFSCNY) to support staffing for its three Summer Zone sites, allowing for a tiered approach with middle-school participants, high-school youth mentors, college team leaders and a site community school coordinator to provide maximum supervision and optimize options for role modeling and mentoring-type relationships.
Summer Zones ran in three locations: Binghamton High School, Johnson City at the Goodwill Theatre, and in Whitney Point at Saving Grace Arts and Meeting Space. The summer learning programs began on July 6, and ran through Aug. 13, with services offered Monday through Thursday at the Binghamton and Johnson City sites and Monday through Friday at the Whitney Point site.
Summer Zones were developed to provide science, technology, engineering, arts and math curriculum, and also incorporated the talents of two artists from the area, Jon Ed Bon Fed and Rochelle Goldberg, to bring weekly creative expression. Field trips to Binghamton University, SUNY Broome and Broome-Tioga BOCES fostered conversations around future goals and planning. There were 44 middle-school students enrolled in the programs as well as 20 high-school mentors who were employed through the Summer Youth Employment Program through Broome-Tioga BOCES. The funding through CFSCNY allowed the programs to hire 12 college students to serve as team leaders for the middle- and high-school students. This opportunity not only provided employment to these students, but offered leadership training and opportunities to put this training to practice by leading activities during the summer.
A Summer Zones celebration was held Aug. 13, with more than 200 people attending to see a display and performance from the participants.