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Give a Little Extra for Kids through your Utility Bill

The next time you receive your utility bill, you’ll receive information about the City’s new Opt In for Kids program, which raises support from Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park residents to give kids in their community access to more after school and summer programs and activities. Residents will be able to contribute $1, $2, $5 or $10 each quarter on their utility bills, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000 in the first year by United Way. 

Opt In fo
r Kids is coordinated by Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth, an inter-governmental organization that brings community resources together so young people will have more opportunities to succeed. A local youth grant making team will be led by the Brooklyns Youth Council, which is part of Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth. This team of young people will direct funds to organizations in Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park that serve young people, ages 10 to 19. 


To sign up for the program please complete the following form: Opt in for Kids Form


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Opt In for Kids – Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, United Way

                                                            

What is Opt In for Kids?

Opt In for Kids raises support from Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park residents to give kids in their community access to more after school and summer programs and activities. Residents contribute $1, $2, $5 or $10 each quarter on their utility bills which will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000 by United Way in the first year.

How do after school and summer programs benefit kids?

These programs turn out-of-school hours into productive and engaging learning time. Here are three ways these programs benefit kids:

ü  They inspire learning through new experiences

ü  They offer safety and supervision during after school and summer hours

ü  They can contribute to closing the racial and income gaps in learning opportunities outside of school 


Among other positive results, after school and summer programs can result in:

ü  Lower dropout rates

ü  Higher rates of school attendance

ü  Improved academic performance

How many Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park kids are currently involved in after school and summer programs?

There are 15,384 kids age 10-19 in both cities.  In the summer of 2014, 61% of kids in the Brooklyns were not involved in summer programs that support their healthy development in. Kids and their families, especially teens, are under served.

The goal for Opt In for Kids!
 is to expand access to these programs.

Who runs Opt In for Kids? Is this a government program?

Opt In for Kids is coordinated by Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth, an inter-governmental organization that brings community resources together so young people will have more opportunities to succeed.  Residents of each city opt-in through a variety of ways.  Funds are collected by the city's utility billing service.  

How do I opt in?

  You must sign up to participate in this program. You can sign up on your City’s website or through an insert in your quarterly utility mailer.

Who decides where my support goes?

The Brooklyns Youth Council, which is part of Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth, will direct funds to organizations in Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park that serve young people, ages 10 to 19.

How do I opt out of Opt In for Kids?

If you have signed up for the Opt In for Kids program and you wish to opt out, please contact your City utility billing department.  For Brooklyn Center, call (763) 569-3390. For Brooklyn Park, call (763) 493-8185.

Who can I contact if I have a question?

      The Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth – Rebecca Gilgen 763-398-0780

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