The County of Santa Clara
California

Board Referral
99623

Consider recommendations relating to the Summer Camps and Enrichment Activities program for vulnerable youth in Santa Clara County in particular current and former foster youth, youth at risk of entering the foster care system, and youth in Probation, CalWORKS, and CalFRESH. (Chavez)

Information

Department:Supervisor Cindy Chavez (Supervisorial District Two)Sponsors:
Category:Board Referral

Multiple Recommendations

Possible action:
a. Approve referral to Administration to report to the Board as part of the midyear budget adjustment in February 2020 with options for consideration relating to providing funding for the Summer Camps and Enrichment Activities program in Summer 2020.
b. Approve referral to Administration to report to the Board as part of the midyear budget adjustment in February 2020 with options for consideration relating to funding the continuation and expansion of the Summer Camps and Enrichment Activities program to include the Youth Science Institute, San Jose Giants, Guadalupe River Park and Gardens, San Jose State University camps and the Boy Scouts of America for the summer 2020 program.
c. Approve referral to Administration to report to the Board as part of the midyear budget adjustment in February 2020 with options for consideration relating to funding the expansion of the Summer Camps and Enrichment Activities program to include youth up to the age of 18 years old and youth with special needs for the summer 2020 program.
d. Approve referral to Administration to report to the Board in February 2020 with options for consideration relating to providing ongoing funding for the Summer Camps and Enrichment Activities program, starting with the FY20-21 recommended budget.

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REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATION

Numerous studies and reports on expanded learning opportunities (ELO) available through summer activities have found that participation in high quality ELO is associated with an increase in academic achievement. The Wallace Foundation’s 2012 “Expanding Time for Learning Both Inside and Outside the Classroom: A review of the Evidence base” concluded that ELO have all shown positive effects for low-income, low-performing, ethnic minority or otherwise disadvantaged students.  (Redd, Boccanfuso, Walker, Princiotta, Knewstub and Moore, 2012). When considered with the trauma often experienced by children in poverty or the child welfare system, these findings are even more important to the youth served by our County.

 

In prior years, the Social Services Agency Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) provided for enrichment activities during the summer for children in the Child Welfare System. The DFCS policy, however, limited youth to two weeks of summer activities each year, with a maximum cost of $300 per activity per week.

 

To allow disadvantaged youth in the County opportunities to participate in longer summer activities and remove the funding barrier, the Board of Supervisors approved Inventory Item No. 47–Youth Summer Camps on May 3, 2018. This funding fully subsidized the enrollment for the County’s Probation, CalWORKS, CalFRESH, foster youth and low-income youth in various camping and extracurricular activities provided by the City of San Jose, San Jose State University and other municipalities throughout summer 2018 and 2019.

 

During this pilot, the project served 433 youth. The program proved to be in high demand and very popular amongst the youth. An additional intent of this pilot was to evaluate the feasibility, time and cost, and the design of the program to determine if it should be expanded to a full-scale program.

 

First, this referral requests for Administration to come back as part of the midyear budget adjustment with options for creating funding of the Summer Camp and Enrichment Activities program for summer 2020.

 

Second, in extending the program to summer 2020, to provide options to expand the program to include:

1.     Youth Science Institute, a nonprofit organization committed to inspiring enthusiasm for science, nature, and a love of learning. They offer hands-on, nature-based science camps to children, families and the general public.

2.     San Jose Giants Summer Camp, this program focuses on teaching and refining baseball skills for campers ages 8 through 14. Youth will be able to develop their baseball skills, including baserunning, hitting, throwing mechanics, arm strength, catching and fielding. Each Sumer Camp Series consists of four days of expert instruction, food, fun, and more.

3.     Guadalupe River Park and Gardens, Camp Guadalupe is a drop-in camp that provides participants with an educational, affordable, and engaging way to enjoy Summer months. Depending on the lesson, the Heritage Rose Garden, Historic Orchard, Guadalupe River, Guadalupe River Trails, GRPC backyard classroom, and Rotary PlayGarden are used as outdoor labs for students to apply and deepen learning. Includes nature walks, wildlife observation and behavioral studies, etc.

4.     San Jose State University summer camps, the University offers a wide array of summer camp selections, allowing kids and teens of all skill levels to discover coding, film, robotics, and game design, developing the in-demand skills needed as well as sports camps ranging from baseball, field hockey, basketball, football camps, soccer, volleyball and more.

  1. The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, providing programs for young people that build character. In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. The program provides fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.

 

Third, the referral requests that the Administration consider more options for the teenage youth and to expand the program in summer 2020 to include those up to the age of 18 as well as youth with special needs.

 

Lastly, the referral requests Administration to provide options to continue funding for the Summer Camps and Enrichment Activities program, starting with the FY20-21 recommended budget. In providing options for continued funding, to include the above listed camps as well as the inclusion of older youth and those with special needs.

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Social Services Agency (SSA) executed the Summer Camps agreement with the Kinship Adoptive and Foster Parent Association (KAFPA) on July 16, 2018, for $100,000. The KAFPA contract included 10 types of camps ranging from a couple of days to a couple of months. Also, scholarship and enrichment activities were incorporated as part of the efforts to provide resources during the summer months. Underutilized budgets in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-2019 were to be used during the FY2019-20 summer months.

 

The City of San Jose (City) Summer Camp contract experienced some delays due to the City going through some staff transitions. The City contract was executed on August 30, 2018, for $250,000. The agreement incorporated 13 different types of summer camps but the City informed the SSA they were not able to activate summer camps in FY2018-19 due to the ramp-up process that required more time. The pilot included enrollment opportunities at summer programming held at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, Emma Prusch Park, Lake Almaden, City Community Centers and San Jose State University. The City’s contract also included scholarships for enrichment activities to occupy vulnerable children and youth into healthy summer activities. Best efforts were made to enroll as many eligible youths in summer camps in FY2017-18, and unspent funds were to be rolled over to continue this project in the summer of 2019.

 

For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018, approximately 44 youth were served and approximately $10,978 was utilized. Of the $350,000 total, a balance of $339,022 remained for the summer months of FY2019-20. In order to maximize funding to benefit youth and families in Santa Clara County, SSA requested and the Board approved to extend the agreements with the City and KAFPA to September 30, 2019, and to transfer $100,000 from the City to KAFPA.

 

The report back on the progress of this pilot is expected to come before the Children, Seniors, and Families Committee in February 2020. 

 

Meeting History

Dec 17, 2019 9:30 AM Video Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting

Taken out of order after Item No. 31.

RESULT:APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Cindy Chavez, Vice President
SECONDER:Mike Wasserman, Supervisor
AYES:Mike Wasserman, Cindy Chavez, Dave Cortese, Susan Ellenberg, S. Joseph Simitian