By Joel Hall
The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department, and a host of local organizations, will soon offer information on constructive ways children can spend their time this summer. Young people entering the work force will also receive tips designed to set them apart from their competitors.
A "Summer Camp Explosion" will take place Saturday from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, located at 3499 Rex Road in Rex.
"The main goal for this [program] is to get the word out there about the different programs that we are doing," said Lindsey DeLong, marketing and sales specialist for the Parks and Recreation Department. "A lot of the time, we'll offer a lot of different programs, but people won't be aware. With summer coming here, we're going to offer a lot more programs to kids, so this is a way to jump-start this, and say these are some things your kids can get involved in."
Representatives from the Parks and Recreation Department will be on hand to inform parents about day camps, overnight camps, specialty camps that concentrate on subjects like arts, sports, or martial arts, and therapeutic camps for children with special needs. Several local organizations will also share information about their summer programs. They include the Clayton County Juvenile Court, the Arts Clayton Kaleidoscope and Young Teen Camps, Atlanta Festival Ballet, The Roane School, Girls Like Me, Mount Zion Christian Academy's "Camp Promise," Best Results Academy, Five Star Elite All-Stars (cheerleading), Underground Workout, and the Atlanta Dance Core School.
The Summer Camp Explosion will also feature a "Pre-Job Fair Training" segment from 10 a.m., to 1 p.m. The training will focus on skills for landing a job, such as goal-setting, making a good first impression, crafting a powerful resume, and closing the interview, according to Detrick Stanford, director of the Parks and Recreation Department.
"A lot of times, our students are looking for programs to make themselves more marketable," Stanford said. "This is a precursor that will allow them to develop some of those skills that they may be lacking."
Stanford added that among the topics covered will be attitude, dressing for success, what an employer is looking for, and what questions to ask during an interview. He said the sessions will be done in 30-minute increments, and are open to people of all ages.
"We really want to encourage the public to come out, so we can make sure our kids have some positive experiences this summer," Stanford said.