The City of Sanford is providing enriching after school programming to include cultural arts, mentoring and sports to the youth of the Sanford community.
From the City of Sanford
The City of Sanford is providing enriching after school programming to include cultural arts, mentoring and sports to the youth of the Sanford community. The city administration believes that investing in the next generation of Sanford is integral to the future of Sanford. Under the leadership of Sanford City Commissioner, District 2, Kerry S. Wiggins, Sr., expanded access to quality after school programming in the City of Sanford is now a reality.
Beginning Monday, August 17 the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida, inside the Dr. Velma H. Williams Westside Community Center (located at 919 Persimmon Avenue) will serve K-12 grade students. The Mellonville Center at Tim Raines Sports Park, will serve K-8 grade students (located at 1211 South Mellonville Avenue).
The city recommends caregivers and/or parents attend an informational meeting offered at both locations for your convenience:
- August 6 at 10am or 6pm located at the Dr. Velma H. Williams Westside Community Center
- August 7 at 10am or 6pm located at the Mellonville Center @ Tim Raines Sports Park
Registration is limited and will be first come, first served immediately following the informational meetings.
“It is my passion and mission as City Commissioner to increase access to quality programs and opportunities for the youth of Sanford,” said Wiggins. “I plan to do everything I can to help make a positive difference in the lives of young people. In partnership with supporting agencies, if I can help change the course of our youth for the better, that is my goal. Investing in our youth will bring great outcomes to the City of Sanford. One City, One Vision.”
Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith remarked, “The greatest gift we can give to another person is our time. As a community we must take this time to focus on what’s most important, our future. As such, programs of this nature allows us to work together, help build relationships and direct our youth in a positive direction.”
“Fire service has much to offer the next generation: leadership, professional career opportunities, and camaraderie,” said Craig Radzak, the Fire Chief for Sanford. “The Sanford Fire Department looks forward to this excellent opportunity to mentor and interact with the youth of our community.”
Sheriff Dennis M. Lemma of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office weighed in as well, “I am excited that we have the opportunity to build upon proven programs that provide mentorship to the children of our communities. Through this multi-agency partnership, our ability to provide much-needed guidance, mentorship, and friendship grows to new levels. These types of programs are a testament to the importance of these community partnerships, and our collective desire to create meaningful relationships.”
“Seminole State College is delighted to work with the City of Sanford to support students and their academic development and achievement to help them go far”, said Dr. Georgia Lorenz, President Seminole State College of Florida.
The City of Sanford thanks all the supporting agencies: Sanford Police Department, Sanford Fire Department, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, and Seminole State College of Florida (adult programing coming soon).
For more information, please call City of Sanford Parks and Recreation 407-688-5120 (option 6) or visit Sanfordfl.gov.