With summer around the corner, you may be wondering how you’ll be occupying your child’s free time. As it happens, several City of San Antonio departments are offering summer programs for children and teens, and job opportunities are also available. Here are some options.

Parks and Recreation

Registration is open for the Parks and Recreation Department’s eight-week summer youth program for children ages 6 to 14. Activities, which run from June through August, include art, math, science, reading and sports fitness.

The programs will be available at 13 designated school sites and 23 community centers across San Antonio. The cost to enroll in a program varies and reduced fees are available.

Pool hours have been expanded by the city at 23 sites, which will offer movies at the pool, aqua fitness session events, and three two-week group swimming lessons.

For people 18 and older, the summer youth program is also looking to hire site supervisors and staff. Positions start at $17.50 per hour.

The department is also hiring lifeguards who are at least 16 years old. Those interested in the summer job will also be provided with Red Cross certification classes to make them eligible for the position. Incentives of up to $500 are available. 

Those interested in a position may attend the city’s Summer Job Fair and Lifeguard Clinic on May 20 at the Ramon V. Quintero Community Center at 10 a.m. Applications, which are available here, are being accepted before the event. 

San Antonio Public Library

From June 1 to July 31, the San Antonio Public Library’s summer program will encourage reading goals and give a free book to those who attend. There are also free, teen-focused activities at the Central Library with virtual options to attend. 

Free weekly teen activities are also going on at all libraries across San Antonio.

San Antonio Police Department camp

The San Antonio Police Department’s high school summer camp is open to teens ages 14 to 18 with an interest in working in law enforcement. The first camp begins June 12 and the second on July 10. 

Camp goes from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. Teens can see police scenarios, meet with units as they train at obstacle courses, and shows them what it’s like to be an officer. More information on SAPD’s summer camp is available here

SAPD also offers the Public Safety Corps program, a leadership initiative for those aged 14 to 21 who are interested in working in law enforcement. This program includes community service events and projects, public service exercises, scenario training, and law enforcement competitions. Close to 50 of SAPD’s officers are alumni of this program.

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Raquel Torres

Raquel Torres is the San Antonio Report's breaking news reporter. She previously worked at the Tyler Morning Telegraph and is a 2020 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University.