CITY STREETS MOBILE UNIT
1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.
The Parks, Recreation and Library Department City Streets Mobile Unit Partnership was developed in 1992 in collaboration with the Arizona Cactus Pine Girl Scouts Association. The Girl Scouts were seeking opportunities to provide outreach services and the department was seeking resources to renovate a bookmobile recreational outreach. Through this collaborative effort both organizations accomplished their goals.
The Mobile Unit Program is operated by the At Risk Youth Division. The unit operates at lunchtime, after school and during evening sessions. During the summer the unit visits pools and park sites, and during the school year it is based at parks and at middle and high schools. The unit visits 15 sites each week with varying times depending on the sites. The program provides recreation services in areas where no regular programs or activities are available, or at sites where there are no recreation centers. Sites are generally selected based
on need, demand and lack of staff and/or facilities. This is a citywide program with equal distribution of program sites within the departmentís four districts.
The Mobile Unit Program has five components: Recreation, education, community services, social services and community events. Activities and services reflect the needs and demands of site participants, are adapted from existing department programs, and/or are developed through specific grant opportunities. During a single week, the Mobile Unit serves approximately 1,000 youths.
Besides regularly-scheduled sites, the Mobile Unit helps at many special events on weekends. It has a state-of-the-art sound system, three computer terminals, a mini-library, board games and recreational equipment that can be checked out. It also has the ability to bring out a portable basketball hoop, a ping-pong table and a foosball table. The Mobile Unit sponsors about ten special events yearly on its own including two citywide "Hoopín It" 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, Halloween and Christmas carnivals for homeless youths and summer pool parties.
During the summer of 1994 the Mobile Unit Program developed an additional partnership with the City of Phoenix Human Services Department to provide a youth counselor for the summer months. The Mobile Unit was awarded a three-year grant from the Arizona Governor's Office for Children to continue Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention funds for the youth counselor component.
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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