Monroe -- (Press Release) Mayor Jamie Mayo and the Monroe City Council are pleased to join Community Affairs Director John Ross to share the following announcements from our Parks & Recreation division, the YMCA of Northeast Louisiana and the Monroe Housing Authority:
The YMCA of Northeast Louisiana will be offering FREE swimming lessons to approximately 60 children who reside in the Monroe Housing Authority Family Developments in the Burg Jones Housing Development at Henrietta Johnson Community Center pool, and to those who reside in the Foster Heights Housing Development at Liller H. Marbles Community Center pool through Thursday, August 7.
Mayor Jamie Mayo says, “By working together we are able to make a difference in the lives of our local youth. There has been extensive media coverage about the number of African-American children who do not know how to swim. With
Bruce Watson, City of Monroe Parks & Recreation Director says, “This partnership is great because many kids will learn to swim at an early age. Hopefully, we will be able to expand this effort and additional YMCA partnerships in the future.”
Ronita Ross, CEO of the YMCA of NELA says, “We are pleased to expand our community partnerships to include the City of Monroe and the Monroe Housing Authority as we all continue to work together to improve the lives of our local youth. This collaboration is for our mobile fitness unit aquatics program, which is funded by Louisiana Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, as well as swim grants from YMCA of the
Frank Wilcox, Executive Director of the Monroe Housing Authority adds, “"Monroe Housing's family developments have a large number of young African American children who reside at our properties and have not been properly exposed to water safety and/or swim lessons but have access to water throughout the summer. With statistical data reflecting that more African American children die from accidental drowning than any other race, I felt a sense of obligation for us at Monroe Housing to find ways to help to address this disparity in our community. I'm thankful that the City of