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Summer Youth Fair Hoping to Reduce "Idle Hands"

Summer opportunities for St. John youths will be the focus Saturday at the island’s first Summer Youth Fair to be held at the V.I. National Park ballfield.
“It’s so important for young people to have positive role models and things to do so they don’t have idle time,” Police Department spokesperson Melody Rames said.
The fair, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is sponsored by the Police Department’s Community Integration Team.
Summer camps, other summer youth programs, businesses that offer internships, companies with apprenticeships, and other youth organizations will set up tables at the ballfield so parents and their children can have easy access to the summer activities.
“It’s one-stop shopping for families,” Rames said.
Spots are still available. She said that in particular, more businesses with apprenticeships and internships are needed to round out the roster of those participating in the fair.
Rames said that so far, 15 organizations signed up to showcase their activities. She said that some of the programs are not well-known so this will be an opportunity for people to learn about them. They include U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary program, Friends of V.I. National Park, Eco camps V.I. Environmental Resource Station, the Housing Parks and Recreation Department, the Labor Department, Flag Football, the Police Athletic League, Martial Arts, and Police Cadets.
She urged those participating to bring volunteers to interact with the families and children. Additionally, she suggested that they make their tables colorful to make them fun.
To reserve space for your business or organization, call Rames at 643-7728.

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