(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- More than 30 children who want to participate in the 2012 COOL TEEN/PEARLS summer camp will get that opportunity thanks to Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan. On Wednesday, May 23, Commissioner Jordan presented the City of Opa-locka with a check in the amount of $7,846 to underwrite the cost of the scholarships.
“Summer is just around the corner and we need to ensure that our children are in a safe and nurturing environment while their parents are working,” said Commissioner Jordan. “Programs such as the Teen/Pearls summer camp provide that safe haven for our youth.”
The scholarships for the summer camp were made possible by the Board of County Commissioners, which exchanged an allotment of tickets from the Sony Ericsson Tennis Tournament for a cash donation in the amount of $102,000. Those funds were split equitably amongst the 13 Commission districts. Each district was given $7,846 to donate to a charity or municipal program for children.
“This is an investment in our children,” said Commissioner Jordan. “The children in Opa-locka deserve this opportunity.”
Middle and high school students between the ages of 14-16 will participate in an array of activities including team building projects, employability skills training, accelerated academic curriculum, field trips, and physical fitness.
Commissioner Jordan makes a $7,800 donation to the City of Opa-locka to sponsor 30 children for a summer youth camp program.
(Photos by Ryan Holloway/Miami-Dade County)