Helping Neighbors: Summer Time on Sanibel & Captiva!
The last day of school is approaching, and kids couldn’t be happier! Parents, who generally don’t get a summer break, are beginning to evaluate summer programming and camps for their children during the 9 week break.
The F.I.S.H. Summer Youth Scholarship Program provides partial financial assistance for children’s summer camp sessions. These scholarships are made available, in part, through partnerships with Big Arts, Captiva Island Yacht Club, The Sanibel Recreation Center, Sanibel Sea School and the Children’s Education Center of the Islands, and through the generous donations from private donors, and grant funding from the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Foundation.
“Our goal is to help build economic security for families by giving children the opportunity to experience quality care while their parent works. Summer programs, now more than ever, play a crucial role in the development of school-age children. The structure that these programs provide is invaluable to the family, and educationally fun for the children,” states Kathy Y. Monroe, M.S.G., F.I.S.H. Program Director. Summer programs include:
Big Arts Summer Program:
Monday - Friday 9 AM - 3 PM; Grades K through 12
Captiva Yacht Club Sailing Program:
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM; Ages 8 and up
June 11 – 22 and July 9 – 20 only
Children’s Education Center of the Islands Summer Program:
Monday - Friday 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM; Grades Pre-K
Edison Sailing Center Program:
Monday – Friday, Half day sessions; times vary depending on activity selected; Ages 8+
Sanibel Summer Recreation Program:
Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM; Grades 1 through 8
Sanibel Sea School:
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Ages 6 and up with two weeks for Ages 4-6
Again, this year the Captiva Island Yacht Club and its members donated scholarships to the youth summer sailing camp. This camp introduces youth to the great sport of sailing, beautiful waters and wildlife. Based on need and eligibility, scholarships will be offered to families as determined by F.I.S.H. social workers Kathy Y. Monroe and Nitza Lopez.
New this year is the F.I.S.H. partnership with The Sanibel Sea School and a partnership in the works with the Edison Sailing Center. “There are so many wonderful opportunities that offer a learning experience and appreciation for the unique environment we live in,” states Maggi Feiner, F.I.S.H. President & CEO. “We are pleased to announce our newly formed partnership with the Sanibel Sea School, where ‘Doc Bruce’ and his team have all kinds of adventures lined up for the kids. Additionally, we are beginning conversations with the Edison Sailing Center to offer their half day boating, windsurfing and paddle boarding camp through our scholarship program.”
“We understand that families sometimes face economic challenges and must make difficult choices. Our hope is that no child is deprived of a summer camp opportunity because of this. Thank you to our donors for giving children the chance to experience camps here on Sanibel and Captiva,” states Nitza Lopez, S.W., Case Manager.
Scholarship assistance is evaluated on a case by case basis. The F.I.S.H. Social Services Department determines eligibility for need-based financial assistance through a review of a family's income and expense documentation. Scholarship amounts vary depending upon the length and cost of the program and the family's financial status. Available funding is limited and scholarships will cover only a portion of the tuition cost. To learn more and to see if you qualify, please contact Kathy Y. Monroe, M.S.G., F.I.S.H. Program Director at 239-472-4775.