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Mayor Keller Gives Update on One ABQ Youth Connect Fall Youth Programs

Registration now open for programs to keep kids safe and engaged before and after school.

July 29, 2021

Today, Mayor Tim Keller and One Albuquerque Youth Connect announced that registration is now open for the City’s fall youth programs, including before and after school care at twenty-six Albuquerque Public School (APS) locations, community centers and multi-generational centers across the Duke City. Registration for swimming lessons at four of the City’s aquatics facilities also opened today. Spots for all programs will be filled on a first come, first served basis. 

Parents can visit yc.cabq.gov to register and view all programs and lessons.

“There are few services that are as vital to our community as our youth programing,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Working parents shouldn’t have to choose between getting their hours or picking up their child from school in the afternoon. Year-round, we want every kid in Albuquerque to have safe and engaging opportunities to continue learning and growing.”

Fall programs will begin on August 11, 2021, the traditional start date for APS. Registration fees for before and after school programs range from $10 - $15, and many locations offer transportation to and from school for participants. Masks will be required for all program participants, in accordance with the State of New Mexico reccomendations.

“We were able to return to close to normal operations this summer, and are looking forward to a great fall season,” said Cristin Chavez-Smith, Division Manager, Family and Community Services. “The safety of our kids is always a top priority and we will continue to monitor the guidance from the State on COVID-19 safe practices.”

A few non-profit partners who offer youth programming also joined today to discuss what offerings they will have available for children this fall:

YMCA of Central NM

  • Y Club Before & After School Program – 9 locations, registration is now open
  • Basketball & Volleyball programs – Offered for boys and girls, ages 6 - 17
  • Youth Fitness – classes available for ages 10 – 16

Boys and Girls Club of Central NM

  • Before and After School Program - 5 elementary, 5 middle schools and 2 high school locations

YDI NM

  • Early Childhood Education – 20 Head Start locations in Bernalillo County, children 0-5
  • STRYV – Gang violence intervention program in collaboration with the City’s VIP Program
  • Education, Employment and Training – Job mentorship opportunities for high school students in collaboration with the City of Albuquerque

The Department of Family and Community Services is also hosting the annual ‘Cruizin’ into the School Year’ event on Saturday, July 31 from 10 am – 2 pm on Civic Plaza. In addition to a car show, rock climbing wall, and music – children will receive items to get them ready for the upcoming school year:

    • Backpacks filled with school supplies
    • Vouchers for things like clothing and snacks
    • Free books, and much more

In addition, local providers will be on site to provide vaccinations for children twelve years and older and on-site physical examinations for those who may need them for extracurricular activities. Many City departments will be present with booths and information on services offered to families and children.

The mayor also announced today that Community Centers will re-open to the general public on August 9, having remained closed for longer than other public facilities due to strict guidelines from the Department of Education.