Rockaway youth gets new information guide
by Patrick Kearns
Dec 29, 2015 | 4871 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Councilman Donovan Richards set aside funds in his 2016 budget to create a youth guide for the young residents of the Rockaway peninsula. The guide is aimed at helping teens, young adults and parents find resources within their community.

“Many people ask where all the resources are for youth in the Rockaways, so it was clear that an all-in-one guide was needed to point parents, young adults and teens in the right direction,” said Councilman Donovan Richards. “While we continue to bring in even more resources, it is critical that the future of the Rockaways knows where to turn to stay informed, get engaged and succeed.”

The guide contains a multitude of information on education resources like SAT and ACT test dates, libraries in the area and scholarship opportunities for students applying to colleges.

In addition to educational resources, the guide provides teenagers and young adults with a variety of ways they can get involved in their community with a list of community centers, community gardens, community-based organizations, nonprofits, youth employment programs, sports teams and voting information.

“Disseminating information and resources is often a challenge in our community and many times our youngest residents are left out,” said Milan Taylor, Rockaway Youth Task Force’s chief executive officer. “This tool aims to improve the lives of our young people by putting transformative resources in the palms of their hands.”

The guide, which is available for free online, also provides important information to parents, including a list of daycares and early childhood centers in the area, along with Addabbo Family Health Center locations and Planned Parenthood information.

The full guide is also available at rytf.org/community-resources.
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