Sunday, April 12, 2009

SIGN UP NOW for Summer Youth Programs

By: Susan Beauchamp

Now is the time for southeast youth to plan for summer. The Southeast Learning Partnership has compiled a booklet about youth programs in the area. To obtain a copy, look in the Fountain Square Branch of the Public Library or call 686-0293 at the NACS office.

The Southeast Community Services will have Youth Developing Communities Program for 6 weeks beginning on June 23, 2009. The program will include reading support, life skills development, employment assistance and computer instruction, community service, recreation and field trips. It is for ages 12 to 17. Breakfast is provided each day. Cash stipends are given for reading books and a gift card stipend for back to school. For more information or to sign up, contact Shawn Delmolino at 236-7400 extension 226 or

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful will have the Youth Tree Team for high school age youth. It will run Jun. 1 – Aug. 6, 2009. 7 am - noon, or 12:30 – 5:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. There will be a Wilderness Trip on Jun. 19 – 20. Lunch is provided each day and students are paid hourly. Students learn landscape maintenance and management with several field trips. To apply or for more information, contact Nate Faris at 264-7555 extension 111 or

Southeast Community Organization, SECO, has a youth program. Kids work in the community each Saturday of the summer from 8 am to noon, painting houses and garages, and doing general cleanup in the neighborhood. They are paid hourly. The students also take several trips for enrichment. To register or for more information, contact SECO at 236-9245.

IPS Emmerick Manual High School will have an Algebra I class for credit beginning Jun. 1. There will also be a GQE remediation program for Language Arts and Math beginning Jun. 1. Those participating in sports can enroll in summer conditioning and those in the band can participate in Summer Band. For more information about these, call 226-2200. Students over 16 years of age can enroll in Evening School at Manual H.S. to enroll in the evening program call 226-2231.

The Fountain Square Academy, which is a public charter school open to all in grades 5 through 12, will have Remedial Summer Program. This will help with ISTEP and GQE preparation. It will be from 8:30 am to noon starting in early June. There will be two sessions, each to run 3 weeks. The school offers a free lunch for anyone who wishes to visit. To enroll, call Mr. Bardonner at 951-1000.

The Southeast Learning Partnership, SELP, meets on the 2nd Monday of each month on the 2nd floor of 901 Shelby Street at 5 PM. Dinner and childcare are provided. Everyone in SE Indy is invited to participate. This organization provides documentation, information and data collection for the community.