As we are quickly approaching spring, the City of Antioch Parks and Recreation Department Director, Brad Helfenberger, and our Youth Services Manager, Tasha Johnson, have been busy developing exciting and innovative youth programs for spring break. One of those great youth programs is the Midnight Basketball Program. As we cultivate a safe and secure environment for our youth, special attention must be given to planning youth programs that are fun, open to all, and educational.
For the past 35 years, the Association Midnight Basketball (AMB) has responsibly and collectively reduced crime, educated, and secured employment for youth in more than 24 diverse communities across the nation. The City of Antioch, under the leadership of the Mayor and the City Council, is committed to working closely with the Association of Midnight Basketball, Grace Bible Fellowship of Antioch, and our youth in supporting the Midnight Basketball Program. AMB focuses on some key areas:
- Basketball: Creating a suitable lifestyle, work disciplines, patience, teamwork, good physical health, personal determination, devotion, attention to detail, the evitability of failure and the exhilaration of success, taking advantage of opportunities, mental and emotional stability.
- Peace Makers: AMB’s Violence Intervention and Prevention efforts are essential to the development of our youth. This area is designed to address physical consequences, negative health, and outcomes due to risky behavioral and mental health difficulties that could have long-lasting adverse effects.
- Education Support: Tutoring program based on the STEM system, homework assistance, college entrance exam study groups, pre-testing workshops, and computer lab.
- Job Development & Microenterprise: Job development, life, and soft skills, career course study, internships with corporate partners, job placement and retention, Micro Enterprising (business development, business management).
The city’s efforts in collaboration with AMB will bring a sense of city and community pride that is needed to build stronger and healthier relationships between our city leaders and our youth/young adults population. For additional information, please contact our Parks and Recreation Department at (925) 776-3050. We look forward to hearing from you!