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Community leaders want more affordable summer programs for kids

7 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago April 19, 2016 Apr 19, 2016 Tuesday, April 19 2016 April 19, 2016 6:16 PM in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE -  Following the series of fights at LA Earth Day, some are concerned about what can be done to keep children out of trouble as school comes to an end.

The East Baton Rouge Family & Youth Service Center said all community members need to come together to develop free summer programs for kids within each community. Community leaders say the most affordable or free summer programs offered by the YMCA or the city can only handle a certain number of kids.

"Kids that don't have the money need it the most," Family and Youth Service Director Roxson Welch said.

Family & Youth Services said most jobs given to young teens during the summer are now being taken by adults.

They say the few affordable summer programs available are just not convenient for kids that really need them.

"That's what's important because the kids that need it the most are not going to have transportation," Roxson said. "So, if that's the case what good does it do if they can't get there."

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