Providing Summer Youth Activities

A Good Idea

This practice has been Archived and is no longer maintained.


The New Horizon Community Development Corporation in Dallas County, AR responded to the lack of youth activities in their community by providing an out-of-school program during summer break. The "Summer Sizzlers" program is provided four days a week, five-and-a-half hours a day, for youth ages 5-17. Reading and math instruction are given during the morning sessions. The afternoons consist of developing skills in conflict resolution, physical education, team building, and arts and crafts.

Goal / Mission

The goal of the "Summer Sizzlers" program is to offer productive activities for youth to participate in during the summer vacation.

Results / Accomplishments

Children attended the program faithfully; all remained enrolled throughout the length of the summer program. The academic and behavioral performance of children involved in the program improved. Also, several children started participating in youth activities with the local 4-H chapter.

About this Promising Practice

Primary Contact
Vera Rideout
New Horizon Community Development Corporation
P.O. Box 1094
Fordyce, AR 71742
(870) 352-3200
Art & Recreation / Sports Recreation & Parks
Education / Student Performance K-12
Health / Children's Health
New Horizon Community Development Corporation
Corporation for National and Community Service
Date of publication
Geographic Type
Dallas County, AR
Target Audience