KADN- LAFAYETTE Lafayette Consolidated Government announced last week budget shortfalls would force dozens more terminations in the parks and rec department. The closures of four recreation centers, one of those centers, the J. carlton James Activity center, is home to an after school turtoring and mentorship program.
News15 spoke with community members on just how beneficial the program is for kids in the area.... rain....
For then years New Hope Development of Acadiana has offered after school tutoring and mentorship. Program facilitators say they are still in talks with the city, but are hopeful to figure out a way to continue programming.
For single mothers like Angelique New Hope provides a safe haven for kids.
"My daughter loves it she asked me already, she said momma we going over there when they open up again, and I said, 'Sure you can.' because it gives them something to do instead of staying home all day and they look forward to it," says Angelique Alexander.
Angie says programs like New Hope are beneficial for the kids involved, and for those who want to make a difference.
"Especially people that volunteer their services there every year, you know, they look forward for them to do something with the community."
Program facilitator, John Newman, says that he feels very supported by the community
"The parents are extremely supportive. I would say that we get a lot more back from the kids and the families than we feel like we give." Newman went on to say he's very thankful for the city's support.
"The mayor is very familar with our program and we know that he appreciates the value of our program and we are very thankful and appreciative of his support," says Newman.