Ventura Youth Programs Supervisor, Mario Robinson, talks about the City of Ventura’s Parks and Recreation Department, with Our Ventura host, Elena Brokaw.

Mario discusses the Program Enrichment for After-school Kids (PEAK), which is a partnership that includes the City of Ventura Community Services Department, the Ventura Unified School District and the Police Activities League (PAL). PEAK was formed in 2002 to develop and implement an inclusive after school program for elementary and middle school children serving 500 kids per year.

Mario is also the Executive Director of the Ventura Police Activities League (PAL), which encourages kids to stay in school and helps fund mentoring, tutoring, recreation and educational after-school activities. The teamwork of the Ventura Police Activities League, the City of Ventura and the Ventura Unified School District helps disadvantaged youth grow into productive citizens and provides a positive and proactive approach to crime prevention.

Mario also provides info about the Westpark Community Center provides a variety of educational and affordable youth programs and services. The emphasis is teaching boys and girls predominately from the Westside the importance of self-esteem, leadership, good character, responsibility and respect. This is done in a variety of program areas including: homework & tutoring; recreation enrichment; sports
classes; and special events.


Director: Petrina Sharp


City of Ventura Sports, Recreation, Art and Leadership Development for Youth

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