FUN SAFE PHILLY SUMMER RECEIVES U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS 2015 CITY LIVABILITY AWARD

Philadelphia, June 22, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter was presented with the U.S. Conference of Mayors 2015 City Livability Outstanding Achievement Award, Honorable Mention, for the City of Philadelphia’s Fun Safe Philly Summer Initiative. Created in 2012, Fun Safe Philly Summer promotes high-quality summer opportunities for Philadelphia youth through the promotion of free and low-cost summer programming, summer employment, and USDA-funded free summer meals.

“Fun Safe Philly Summer is an initiative designed to ensure that young people throughout the city have access to meaningful summer opportunities and USDA-funded free summer meals,” said Mayor Nutter. “I started Fun Safe Philly Summer because it is government’s responsibility to ensure that children and families are aware and take advantage of the many enriching resources and activities their city provides all summer long. I would like to thank the US Conference of Mayors for recognizing this important program, which contributes to the health and well-being of our most important citizens—our children.”

Fun Safe Philly Summer provides an online database of more than 40,000 free and low-cost summer programming opportunities in Philadelphia, including camps, clubs, and classes appropriate for all ages,www.funsafephillysummer.com. In addition to the website, Fun Safe Philly Summer hosts “Pop Up” events for teens and youth in neighborhoods throughout the city providing fun, evening activities and healthy snacks.

Established in 1979, the City Livability Award acknowledges mayors and city governments for their strong commitment to improving the quality of life in urban areas.  The U.S. Conference of Mayors grants the award annually to ten mayors and their respective cities.

Fun Safe Philly Summer is managed by the Office of the Mayor and coordinated by an AmeriCorps VISTA. For more information about the City’s Fun Safe Philly Summer initiative, please visit: www.funsafephillysummer.com.

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