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Lafayette Parks and Rec launching new program teaching life skills to children

Posted at 6:46 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 19:49:28-04

The Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department is launching a new program focused on teaching life skills to children.

Organizers say participants will learn are communication and decision-making skills.

"They're going to actually have fun which is one of the primary reasons why we partnered up they're also going to learn these managing and coping skills just in case theres some conflict and learn how to communicate learn how to work as a team," Alton Trahan, Vice President of 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette.

The "3L Project" will be open for children ages eight and older and begins on Monday, July 6. The program will run through July 31 and take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm.

"One part of the program will teach kids how to work together. They'll learn the importance of team-building and working together. You're not successful unless everyone pulls their weight," Lafayette Parks and Recreation Recreational Supervisor Walter Guillory said in a press release.

The 3L Program includes:

LEARN: Life Skills, Communication, Decision-Making, Trust and Problem Solving

LAUGH: Building Safe Relations, Have Fun, Gain Self-Esteem and Healthy Play

LIVE: COVID-19 Education, Personal Risk Management, Health Awareness and Hygiene Safety Practices

The program will take place at two locations - Brown Park Recreational Complex at 1234 E. Pont Des Mouton Road and Neyland Park Recreational Complex at 1919 Eraste Landry Road.

"We wanted a program particularly in those areas. We have a lot of kids who don't have transportation, so we said let's have a program for kids within walking distance from our facilities," Guillory said. While children participate in outdoor activities, parents are invited inside the recreation centers for COVID-19 education.

The department says that CDC safety guidelines will be followed, including social distancing, providing masks to children, and sanitizing

For more information or to register a child, call the Lafayette Parks and Recreation Office at 337-291-8362.

The Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Acadiana Black Nurses Association, One Hundred Black Men, Kiwanis Club of Southwest (Civic Clubs), SMILE Community Action Agency, Magnolia Peace Officers, Lafayette Community College and Athletes for Christ Outreach.

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