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Benefits of summer programs for children
One of the many ways in which family life has changed in Northwest Ohio over the past 25 years is the advent and growth of Afterschool programs.
For working parents, Afterschool can be a real godsend, keeping their children safe and constructively engaged during a time of day when parents would other- wise have good reason to worry about what their children were doing. Just as important, Afterschool programs put children’s time to good use, with homework assistance, as well as, exercise, nutritious snacks, enrichment activities, and time with friends.
But what do kids do in the summer when schools are closed and there are extra hours in the day with nothing to do? In many cases, where funding and circum- stances permit, Afterschool programs morph into summer programs and go right on keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn and develop new skills, while sparing working parents worries about their children’s whereabouts and safety.
Summer programs can give children a chance to develop their imagination through play, motivate them to make new friends, and help them develop new skills and talents.
That’s exactly why the YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo offers day camps, school- age child care programs, resident camp, three traveling “Fun Busses” reaching children in rural communities and the central city, and youth development pro- grams.
We will reach over 5000 children in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan this summer. Children and youth ages 5 – 18 have opportunities to participate in outdoor adventure, field trips, skill development, social development, play, mak- ing new friends, and in many locations, receive nutritious meals and snacks.
According to studies, such activities have benefits beyond being fun. For example, by providing opportunities for exercise, and serving nutritious snacks and meals, summer programs help combat the obesity problem now reaching epidemic proportions among American youth.
Programs’ snacks and meals can also play a critical, yet underappreciated role, in the lives of children from low-income homes. In 2006, some 7.7 million children were eligible for free or reduced-price breakfast at school, and 16.1 million ate free or reduced-price lunch.
During the summer, those children’s economic circumstances don’t change, but because school is out, they lose what may be their best shot at a healthy meal every day. Participating summer programs are an important way to ensure that low- income children get at least one healthy meal five days a week, giving them access to federally-supported feeding programs during the summer months.
It is for these reasons—social development, keeping kids safe, helping working families, creating opportunities for exercise and good nutrition—that afterschool turned summer programs are such an important service to the community. It is also why they are such a sound investment, even in these difficult economic times.
For more information about summer programs, contact the YMCA/JCC Child Development Department at 419-474-3995 or visit the Web site at: www.ymcatoledo.org
Becky Spencer VP of Child Development YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo
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(Continued from Page 4) them the opportunity to share with institutional col- leagues their understand- ing of race relations and Detroit’s ethnic and cul- tural communities.
“We at Comcast know the benefits of participation include an improved knowledge of diverse com- munities across the region, which is very helpful given our expansive service area in metropolitan Detroit,” said Comcast Regional Se-
Report: problems with Cuba broadcast contracts
By LAURA WIDES-MUÑOZ, AP Hispanic Affairs Writer
MIAMI, July 15, 2008 (AP): Congress’ investi- gative arm is raising con- cerns about contracts awarded to local TV and radio stations that broad- cast to Cuba, according to a report released Tues- day.
The Office of Cuba Broadcasting beams its Radio and TV Marti broadcasts to Cuba to provide an alternative to the communist island’s government-run media. It awarded the noncom- petitive contracts to the local Miami stations in 2006, following a push from the Bush adminis- tration to step up broad- casts to Cuba, as well as the announcement by former Cuban President Fidel Castro that he was stepping down due to health problems.
The contracts marked a major change in gov- ernment practice, since the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, which oversees the broadcasts, is generally not allowed to air its pro- grams within the United States to avoid the ap- pearance of domestic propaganda.
“IBB’s approach for awarding the Radio Mambi and TV Azteca contracts did not reflect sound business prac- tices,” the report by the Congress’ Government Accountability Office concluded. It urged greater oversight by the IBB of the contracting process.
The report found the noncompetitive agree- ments with local stations
Radio Mambi and TV Azteca were generally com- pleted by mid-October of 2006, but that the IBB, which also oversees the Voice of American and Radio Free Europe, did not notify its legal and con- tracting department until more than a month later _ two days before the con- tract was to be signed.
In responding to a draft of the report, IBB officials said they decided against publicly seeking competi- tive offers because they did not believe they would get satisfactory responses from other potential pro- viders. They also said they feared the move would alert the Cuban government, which would be better able to jam the broadcasts.
Regarding Radio Mambi, known for its viru- lent anti-Castro rhetoric, IBB officials said they sought the station with the strongest AM signal to reach as much of Cuba as possible. The report notes, however, that Radio Mambi is one of the most com- monly jammed stations since it airs on the same frequency as a Cuban gov- ernment-run news station
in Havana. IBB
$438,000 radio contract for financial reasons shortly after the investigation be- gan. The $631,000 televi- sion contract with TV Azteca, seen in Cuba through pirated DirectTV, was renewed through De- cember 2008.
Neither IBB officials nor management from the Of- fice of Cuba Broadcasting immediately returned mes- sages left by The Associ-
ated Press Tuesday.
The report also found that while the Office of Cuba Broadcasting fol- lowed federal guidelines for advertising its con- tracts, it did not keep records of how many con- tractors were actually hired through that pro- cess—as opposed to sim- ply at the recommenda- tion of a Cuba Broadcast- ing employee.
“What’s important is the lack of transparency here. It’s the process it- self that is disturbing,” said U.S. Rep. Bill Delahunt, D-Mass, who requested the review and is a longtime critic of the Martis and of the U.S. em- bargo on Cuba.
“With millions of tax- payer dollars spent on these programs it is criti- cal that they be managed with full transparency and accountability — to do otherwise opens the door to waste, fraud, and abuse,” he added in a statement.
The more than 30 page report is part of a broader investigation into the U.S. government’s efforts to beam news and other pro- gramming into Cuba. The efforts have long sparked controversy, including accusations of bias and mismanagement. Last year, the State Department’s inspector general conducted his own review of the Martis and generally gave them favorable reviews, but he was forced to resign months later following unrelated allegations that he impeded a Justice De- partment investigation.
nior Vice President Dave Buhl. “The work that New Detroit is doing serves this region well by providing new opportunities for cul- tural collaboration.”
“New Detroit, Inc. is a wonderful program that brings residents together to demonstrate their commit- ment to our city and has truly become a catalyst for change,” said State Repre- sentative Coleman A. Young II. “Detroit is made up of many culturally rich and diverse neighborhoods
and communities. Through this generous grant, the Comcast Foundation is joining with us to celebrate what makes Detroit truly special and is helping to bring our residents closer together.”
New Detroit, Inc. is a coalition of leaders repre- senting business, labor, media, community-based and civil rights organiza- tions, educational, health and religious institutions. It is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt organization.
The stated mission of New Detroit is to work as the coalition of Detroit area leadership addressing the issue of race relations by positively impacting issues and policies that ensure economic and social eq- uity. Over the past decade, more than 600 individuals with the ability to influence change in their workplaces have completed the pro- gram. Further information is available by calling 313- 664-2036 or visiting www.newdetroit.org .