Friday, June 3

St. Landry Parish Parents and Youth attend Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives Open-House and Orientation

Nearly 100 youth registered to attend Summer Youth Academic Enrichment Program

Opelousas Police Chief Donald "DT" Thompson speaks to the youth  on June 2 during the Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives orientation for its Summer Youth Program.

The youth participated in a team building exercise during the orientation to become acquainted with one another.
Southern University Ag Center interim Chancellor Dr. Adell Brown, Jr. speaks to the parents of youth enrolled in the SCRI's Summer Youth Program on June 1 during the Center's Open-House.

Baton Rouge, LA – The Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives (SCRI), a satellite campus of the Southern University Ag Center, kicked off its annual Summer Youth Program by hosting a parent open-house on June 1 and an all-day student orientation on June 2.

This year’s program, themed “Welcome to the Fantastic Voyage,” has an enrollment of 95 youth ages 6-18 who reside in St. Landry Parish.

During the orientation, students had the pleasure of hearing a presentation from Opelousas Police Chief Donald “DT” Thompson on the dangers of drugs, alcohol, guns, and realistic toy guns; as well as, the benefits of being involved in a summer program.

The students also learned about the various workshops that will be offered through the program such as: Arts and Crafts, Technology, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Math Enrichment, Healthy Living, Recreation, Creative Writing, Reading, Citizenship, Youth Gardening, and Leadership. They also participated in several team building activities to become acquainted with one another.

The program, which will operate from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, from June 6 – July 8, boasts aides/volunteers from all disciplines including: a summer program coordinator with over 30 years of youth programming experience, certified AP Biology, English Language Arts/ Reading Specialist and a Science teacher. There will also be a certified personal trainer to facilitate youth fitness.

This year’s program aims to not only provide recreation, but also academic enrichment to prepare the youth of St. Landry Parish for the upcoming school year.

For additional information about the Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives or its Summer Youth Program, call 337.943.2410.


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