‘Reimagining Recreation’: Philadelphia Parks & Rec launches pilot program to help entrepreneurs and teens

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is trying to get creative in how to engage young people.

A new program has just launched that allows companies to operate in city recreation centers for free in exchange for teen mentoring.

The goal is to help budding entrepreneurs and children attending the recreation centers. It’s called Reimagining Recreation.

“Young people, they want to think about how to be successful and empowered to be successful in their careers. And why not figure out how to incorporate that into our recreation centers?” said Parks and Rec Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell.

The city has just started accepting applications from entrepreneurs who either have an existing business or an idea for one.

Applicants must describe their business and background and the impact this may have on the children at the leisure centre.

With gun violence on the rise, this is one way to keep teenagers in line.

Through October, 10 finalists will be selected to receive a $1,500 entry fee, as well as coaching and assistance in developing a business proposal.

Once submitted to the city, four winners will be selected in the spring, each receiving $25,000 to $75,000 in grants.

Recreation centers will be selected based on the four winners and their business proposals. They expect the program to be operational next year.

FAQs and Application: http://makingspacephl.com

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