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Reaching out to youth in Escambia County

ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- Escambia County Commission Chairman, Lumon May says this year will be different, especially when it comes to the county reaching out to youth this summer.

Commissioner May spent many years working with youth programs before becoming Commission chairman.

The county has hired several people to work directly with organizations geared toward developing programs for kids... like the Boys and Girls club for example.
Good news to some parents.

"I don't think we ever have enough programs for the children.  My grandmother used to say, idle hands are the devil's workshop so the more we have the better it is for them" said Melanie Cotten, Escambia County Resident.

In the Community Town Hall Meeting Tuesday night, many people expressed interest in having more affordable summer programs throughout Escambia County.

They hope it will serve as an alternative to kids and teens getting into trouble.
Even though some funding assistance and scholarships are available to parents Commissioner May says he understands putting kids into summer programs can be costly.

"People only making 8, 9 dollars an hour, and they're already on a fixed income or limited budget, they can't afford for their kid to go through a summer day camp" said Escambia County Commission Chairman, Lumon May.

The county plans to invest more of its efforts in getting information about summer programs out to parents who need it most.