Magna Summer Blast: A Community Solution to a Community Issue

Next week a new, free program starts in the Magna community for teens between 6th and 9th grade. The Magna Summer Blast is a two-week summer camp and will include free lunch, zumba and hip hop classes, rugby, soccer and even swimming lessons.

The program will run August 1 -12 from Noon to 4 pm and is being organized by the following Salt Lake County programs: Youth Services After School Program, Magna Library, Magna Senior Center and Magna Recreation Center. The University of Utah Exercise and  Sports program will also partner to provide a fitness class. Interested teens can pick up registration forms at the library, senior center or rec center.

Community Collaboration

The Magna Summer Blast is a perfect example of community partners and invested citizens coming together to find a solution to a community issue.

In March, the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office hosted a Magna Community Forum to discuss with citizens what services are available and needs of the community. Out of that meeting surfaced a primary concern: a need for free activities for youth. County leaders took that feedback and huddled together over the past few months to come up with the Magna Summer Blast.

Filling a Need for Services

Residents’ need for free and affordable activities because of tight budgets in the down economy is certainly not unique to the Magna community. The Salt Lake Tribune recently reported an uptick in the attendance at city and county sponsored festivals, movie nights and other activities across the state. The Magna Summer Blast is Salt Lake County’s way of responding to that need for services.  

The new teen summer program will also be a great opportunity for the youth and their families to get to know what services are already available in the Magna area.  The Library just re-opened in May 2011 and the Senior Center opened their new facility a little over a year ago.

For more information about the program, contact the Magna Library, Senior Center, Rec Center or the Youth Services After School Program.

What do you think about the new teen service? Share your thoughts below!

About Tammy Champo

Youth Services became my second home six years ago as I ventured into the social services world. As the Public Relations and Communications Coordinator, I manage the online and offline communications materials, organize special events and coordinate volunteers and donations. In my "free" time, I enjoy singing/songwriting, snowboarding and swimming.
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2 Responses to Magna Summer Blast: A Community Solution to a Community Issue

  1. Trina says:

    I think this is a wonderful idea and a much needed program for many families. I have inquired many times about a safe after school or supervised program for my thirteen yr old son to be at while I am working and I know that it will be a success here in Magna and give SLCO kids something to do to help keep them out of trouble and involved in their communities. Thank you SL CO and contributing partners for making this possible and easing my worries as a single parent.

  2. Tammy Champo says:

    Trina, That is wonderful to hear that this program will help provide a saft place for your teen while you are working! Youth Services is also hosting an after school program during the school year at Matheson and Brockbank Jr Highs. Hopefully that will help as a yearround solution! Feel free to contact us if there is anything else we can do to help!

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