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Decatur Youth Services offers summer lineup of activities

From sports to employment programs to parenting classes, Decatur Youth Services has programs for local youths this summer.

All programs except the summer camp are free. For more information about specific programs call DYS at 341-4690.

Camp Safe Haven Summer Day Camp: Eight weeks of swim lessons and education for youths ages 6 to 12. Located at Carrie Matthews Recreation Center, the camp begins June 4 and ends July 27. The cost is $20 per week and includes free lunch. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Summer Youth Employment: Summer jobs available for 14- and 15-year-olds and job search and application skills taught to 16- to 18-year-olds.

Summer Basketball Program: Sponsored by Decatur Youth Services, Decatur Police, Decatur Parks and Recreation and the Police Athletic League, features two age divisions, 13 to 15 and 16 to 18; games played June 16 through July 28 at Aquadome and Carrie Matthews recreation centers. Registration deadline is June 1. Participants can register as individuals or as a team. Applications can be picked up at the Aquadome, Carrie Matthews or DYS.

Taye Biddle Football Camp: July 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at Decatur High School. Open to all ages. Contacts are Bruce Jones or William Vaughn Jr.

The First Tee of Decatur Golf Program: Includes life and golf skills instruction, music appreciation concerts, health/fitness awareness, field trips to golf facilities, a museum, community locations and other sites. Held each Tuesday through Thursday from June 5 to July 26, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Must be between the ages of 7 and 18. Contacts are Bruce Jones or William Vaughn Jr.

Back to School Jam: Held at the Delano Park on Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Inspirational speaking, music, singing, drama, poetry and Summer Jam Idol contest. Also includes schools supplies giveaways with free food and drinks.

General Equivalency Diploma: Decatur Youth Services will continue its GED classes this summer from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays; must be 16 years old to attend.

Boxing, judo and wrestling classes: Register at the Boxing and Wresting Facility, 733 Wilson St. N.W. or at DYS, 1202-B Fifth Ave. S.W.

Paul Huggins

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