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County Kicks off Summer Programs for Teens

Xtreme Teens

From June 25 – August 21, Prince George’s County residents ages 12-24 were encouraged to join friends Monday through Saturday nights at any of 24 PG Park’s facilities in the county between 10 pm and midnight to participate in exciting and enriching activities. The fun included photography, sports, team building workshops, recording sessions, and more.

Suitland Community Center, a Safe Summer site in Forestville, MD, offered youth sewing and design classes, and celebrated their efforts with an end-of-Safe Summer fashion show.

This was the second year Safe Summer was implemented county-wide. County’s Park department anticipated another great summer when “Teen Fest,” this year’s Safe Summer kickoff, attracted nearly 1,000 kids for swimming, roller skating, entertainment and other fun activities.

The event was followed by more than 5,000 visits to Safe Summer sites during the first week of the program, and averaged over 4,000 visits per week thereafter. The program drew more than 35,000 visits throughout the eight-week period, to sites with plenty of police presence.

In fact, Maryland-National Capital Park Police and Prince George’s County Police worked each of the sites every night, not only keeping participants safe but developing good relationships with the young people. Thanks to successful planning and marketing, along with engaged staff and a whole summer of great activities, the young participants kept coming back.

To find more about the program, please visit XtremeTeen’s website here http://www.pgxtremeteens.com/

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