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City Reflecting on Summer Successes

City’s summer youth programs serve over 37,000 children in 2022

Nov. 14, 2022

The City’s One ABQ: Youth Connect departments released their annual 2022 State of the Summer report today, reflecting on the positive impact the City of Albuquerque’s youth programs continue to make on the community’s younger population and their families. The report includes data along with highlights from the 2022 summer season and represents the work of seven City departments that offered programming for kids and teens in Albuquerque.   

“The City team continues their innovative work together to provide more opportunities for Albuquerque’s youth to stay safe and engaged while out of school,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “We often say it takes a village and that’s exactly why we continue our work together, expanding the reach of these programs further every year.”

In addition to regular Youth Connect programs serving 37,237 children this summer, department staff worked hard to add even more opportunities for approximately 123,000 teens in Albuquerque by bringing back the Friday Teen Night Series. These five events allowed 445 teens to safely enjoy their weekend nights and socialize after a difficult year coming out of the pandemic.

“This report serves as a good testament to City and community efforts working together to connect youth to opportunities including out-of-school-time programs, events, camps, classes, resources, training, and jobs,” said Cristin Chavez-Smith, Community Services Division Manager.   “We are so proud of the hard work each City team member puts into making our youth programs a success.”

The State of the Summer report is emailed annually to the Youth Connect e-newsletter subscribers.  The report is also made available online, and can be viewed at the Youth Connect website.  The Youth Connect e-newsletter provides seasonal updates on City of Albuquerque’s out-of-school programming and events available throughout the community, individuals can receive Youth Connect updates by subscribing.