DENVER, CO – May 11, 2012 – The Department of Safety’s Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver (GRID) and Denver’s Office of Drug Strategy, in conjunction with the Southwest Community Network Coalition, will host the 2012 Safe Summer Kickoff at Kepner Middle School on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., rain or shine.
The Safe Summer Kickoff is a free, family-friendly event where families can learn about community and government support services while they enjoy food and live entertainment. The event is also an opportunity to connect youth with alternative activities during the summer to keep them busy and safe.
Over 50 private and public community organizations will participate in this year’s Safe Summer Kickoff Resource Fair to provide information on youth services, financial security options, community policing, health and wellness options, voting services, and upcoming neighborhood social activities. Bilingual staff will be available during the event, and announcements will be made in English and Spanish.
“This collaboration between the City and our local partners is vital to ensuring our citizens are informed about support services and resources available in their neighborhoods,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “Together, we are taking an active role in strengthening Denver neighborhoods by enriching our sense of community and supporting an environment where everyone in this City knows they matter.”
Festivities at the Safe Summer Kickoff will include an appearance by Denver Nuggets Cheerleaders, face painting, balloon animals, games and activities, a live DJ, a salsa demonstration, and free safety kits. The Denver Police Department will also operate a “Safety Village” where attendees can ride tricycles and bicycles and learn about bicycle safety.
“This community event is about giving people the information they need to feel safe and supported in their neighborhoods,” said Councilman Paul Lopez. “Whether that’s where to go for affordable dental care or where to go when you need police assistance; it’s all about community support and getting to know the people who care about this City.”
The 2012 Safe Summer Kickoff is sponsored by the City & County of Denver and 17 partner agencies. The event was coordinated in collaboration with Kepner Middle School, and service providers and community.