2007-07-20 / Community

RDRC Sets Summer Programs,Activities

On Monday, July 2, Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) announced its summer programs and activities schedule.

Earlier that day, the RDRC Beacon Summer Day Camp launched its' summer program at PS/MS 105. This year, RDRC has increased its camp roster from 100 to 130 children to meet the growing demand for full week, full-day camp programming. This summer, campers will experience a mix of local programming activities along with several larger trips that include: the Bronx Zoo; Coney Island; Chuck E. Cheese; Central Park; Green Meadows; Splish-Splash; and Hecksher State Park. When asked about the quality of RDRC's programs, RDRC's Kevin Alexander responded, "I am continually amazed by both the quality and quantity of programs that Jill Moore, Director of School Based Programs, and her staff are able to offer our children."

On Monday, July 9, approximately 800 RDRC Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) participants headed to more than 110 employment sites generated by RDRC. These employment sites include: heath care facilities; professional offices; public agencies; commercial/ retail establishments; and daycare centers. In addition to gaining solid work experience while earning $7.15 per hour, every participant goes through four intensive days of training that includes financial literacy, health and wellness, and workplace rules and regulations. According to RDRC's Leonor Reina, Youth Programs Coordinator, "We are very pleased by the continued confidence that the Department of Youth & Community Development places in RDRC to identify worksites for youth. We are also thankful to Principal John M. Quattrocchi for allowing RDRC to conduct its training seminars at PS/MS 43."

On Tuesday, July 10, RDRC's "Dads Embracing Fatherhood" program began its ten-week session for non-custodial fathers who are employed and want to establish good relationships with their children and take hold of their lives. The program meets on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at RDRC's 1920 Mott Avenue location. Dinner, transportation assistance, court advocacy, paralegal services and a stipend for graduates are provided by the program.

On Friday, July 20, RDRC's Workforce Development Division will begin its next three-week Job Readiness, Training and Placement session for persons interested in obtaining the skills to become employed. The program includes mockinterviews, cover letter and resumewriting workshops, computer training and employment referral services.

To learn more about RDRC, please contact Valerie West, Director of Community Relations & Government Affairs at 718-327-5300, or via e-mail at vwest@rdrc.org.

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