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Mayor Keller Releases Fall Opportunities Guide for Albuquerque’s Kids

Resource provides comprehensive list of out-of-school time opportunities

August 17, 2018

Mayor Tim Keller today released a resource guide full of opportunities to engage Albuquerque’s kids when they aren’t in the classroom this fall. In an effort to increase awareness of and access to opportunities, the guide includes information about all City-manged out-of-school time activities, as well as those offered by various non-profit organizations across the city.

“As school starts this fall, we want Albuquerque’s kids to have every opportunity they need to succeed,” stated Mayor Keller. “That’s why we’re rolling out the Fall Opportunities Guide to ensure parents know how and where they can keep their kids safe and engaged even when they’re not in school. These opportunities reflect our commitment to stepping up for children and families.”

The City is working with Albuquerque Public Schools and New Mexico Out of School Time Network to ensure kids are engaged in learning and have the space to explore their curiosity and creativity.

In Albuquerque, after-school activities are offered at each of the City’s 22 community centers located in neighborhoods throughout the city. In addition, the playground recreation program serves children at 24 local elementary schools. Out-of-school time activities are also offered at City parks and open space locations, as well as libraries and museums throughout Albuquerque.

On any given day, nearly 4,000 kids participate in City-managed after-school activities. Along with the traditional programs offered, many new and innovative prospects are now offered to children ages 5 to 15. In addition to receiving help with their homework and access to computer labs, children are now learning to cook, breakdance, play tennis, practice archery, and learn about urban wildlife. And in partnership with Bernalillo County, between 900 and 1,000 free hot and nutritious meals are served through the School Supper Meals Program

This initiative is part of Mayor Keller’s efforts to create more opportunities for Albuquerque’s youth. The Fall 2018 Opportunities Guide can be found at www.cabq.gov/youth-connect. Parents and guardians can also call 311 to get more information about specific opportunities available this fall.