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Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Providing Positive Experiences for Delaware Youth

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We've got to do everything we can to provide our young people with a high quality education that prepares them for a bright future. We're also mindful that the best lesson plans won't be very effective for students struggling with serious challenges outside the classroom. With that in mind, we've committed to supporting after-school and summer programs for our kids. Research shows they improve academic performance, reduce drop-out rates and depression, improve self-control and self-esteem, and prevent risky behaviors such as drug and alcohol use. We're excited that so many families are taking advantage of our extended hours program, happening here at the Walnut Street YMCA and eight other Wilmington community centers. The program offers a safe place for children and peace of mind for their parents, with activities lasting into the evening during the summer and early fall. Last year, more than 6,500 young people participated. They're enjoying physical activities and receiving nutritious meals. And they're taking part in prevention, anti-bullying and character building programs that help them succeed academically and socially. I'm proud that in this year's state budget, we approved an additional $2.2 million for out of school activities that get kids off the streets and give them exposure to the arts, nature, and physical activity -- opportunities that many Delaware kids take for granted. By working to provide all of our youth a safe and healthy environment to learn and be active inside and outside of school, we'll keep Delaware moving forward.


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