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15-Year Milestone for At-Risk Youth Summer Camp COMMUNITY NEWS

BY HELEN PENLAND

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angin’ with 5-0” celebrated 15 years of serving at-risk youths this summer! The program is a jointly-supported initiative between Miramar Police Athletic League, the City of Miramar, with sponsorship by Sunbeam Properties and Development and the Miramar Park of Commerce. This year, more than 80 students, ages nine to 14 years old, participated in “Hangin’ with 5-0.” Students are selected by their schools’ guidance counselors and resource officers. The program is entirely free for the participants. During the six-week summer camp, every day the students are served breakfast and lunch. They enjoyed a wide range of activities including trips to the beach, going to the movies, touring the Everglades, and much more, accompanied by Miramar Police Department officers. All events are also organized by the police offi-

cers and during these events, officers provide mentorship and act as chaperones for the students. At the end of the program, everyone enjoys a pizza party! According to City of Miramar Police Officer and Miramar Police Athletic League Executive Director Scott Hadley, “…what they take away from this program is invaluable.” One of the goals of “Hangin’ with 5-0” effort is to help close the gap between local youth and police officers. It’s become a partnership between kids and local police officers. In 2008, the program was on the chopping block because of budget cuts, but Sunbeam Properties stepped in with funding to keep the project going. Sunbeam Properties and Development supports a variety of Miramar nonprofit organizations in addition to “Hangin’ with 5-0.”

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