OSHN announces “Safe Summer Kickoff” and that summer youth programs will be managed by Funds for the Arts and local YMCA

June 11, 2024

Third annual “Safe Summer Kickoff” aims to encourage family and community cohesiveness; city is appropriating $50,000 for the Safe Summer event and $433,500 for 2024 youth summer programs


(LOUISVILLE, Ky. June 6, 2024) — Today, The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods announced the 2024 “Safe Summer Kickoff” is Saturday, June 8 and will spread across 10 neighborhoods. OSHN also announced and that the Funds for the Arts and the Louisville YMCA will plan and manage most of the city’s 2024 summer youth programs.


Safe Summer Kick-Off! 2024


SAFE SUMMER KICKOFF: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/office-safe-healthy-neighborhoods/2024-safe-summer-kick


The city’s third annual, one-day “Safe Summer Kickoff,” is Saturday, June 8. The events are free and will spread across ten neighborhoods that are either frequent or new to gun violence.

The purpose of the one-day events is to provide safe, family-oriented fun. “A goal is to help bring a sense of community and neighborhood cohesiveness, which reduces violence,” said Paul Callanan, OSHN director. “When people know each other, they have a greater interest in each other.”

The uniqueness of this year’s events is that OSHN is not planning any event but rather funding $5,000 each (total $50,000) to ten neighborhood-based nonprofits tasked to develop attractions and hire vendors specific to the culture and interest of the people living in their neighborhood.

Recent violence in the Fern Creek and Taylor Berry neighborhoods, which include the stabbing death of an elderly woman and the shooting death of a youth whose corpse was found near railroad tracks, led OSHN to activate several resourceful responses there which has included the deployment of mental health professionals.

Planned are petting zoos, face painting, mini-basketball games, Greek step shows, live music and dancing, bouncy houses, art and crafts, live entertainment, virtual technology booths, community resources, unique foods, family games, and health screenings from Norton Healthcare. Also, for the first time will be on-site mental health counselors to assist anyone coping with trauma caused by toxic stress, community or domestic violence and racism.


“Safe Summer Kickoff” locations: 


  • Parkland Plaza – 2757 Dumesnil St. from 10 am – 1 pm

Site operator: Habitat for Humanity and the Ali Festival

  • Creation Center – 2500 Portland Ave. from 1 pm – 5 pm

Site operator: A-One All Stars, the Delta Foundation, The Lost Boys & Girls Foundation

  • Shawnee Park Basketball Courts – 4501 W. Broadway from 2 pm – 5 pm

Site operator: The Jesse E. Barnett, Jr. Enrichment Center

  • Meyzeek Middel School – 828 S. Jackson St. from Noon – 4 pm

Site operator: YouthBuild of Louisville

  • Overflow Community Center – 5202 Stony Brook Dr. from 1 pm – 4 pm

Site operator: Overflow Community Church of the Nazarene

  • Newburg – 5011 Level Rd. from 1 pm – 4 pm

Site operator: Ribbons of Awareness

  • Algonquin Park – 1614 Cypress St. from 1 pm – 4 pm

Site operator: Algonquin Communities United

  • Sheppard Park – 1601 Magazine St. from 3 pm – 7 pm

Site operator: HHN2L (Hip Hop into Learning)

  • South Louisville Community Center – 2911 Taylor Blvd. from Noon – 3 pm

Site operator: Friends of Nicole

  • Parkhill Community Center – 1703 S. 13th St. from 1 pm – 4 pm

Site operator: The Community of Opportunity


Safe Summer Youth Programs


SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/office-safe-healthy-neighborhoods/safe-summer-youth-programs


Four organizations will manage the city’s 2024 summer youth programs.

Two leading community organizations, The Funds for the Arts, and The Louisville YMCA, will offer area youth established programs for art expression and water safety and training, respectively. 

Also, for youth considered most “at risk” for violence, The Willenium Enterprise Foundation will offer holistic mentoring services and the Adversity Skills Sports Academy will offer healthy lifestyle training that focuses on sports performance training and team and healthy lifestyle development.


YMCA of Louisville Programs

Program Description: A focus on Aquatics (safety, swim lessons, lifeguard training, junior lifeguard responsibilities) and lifestyle enrichment. For more information or to register, call: 502-587-9622


Lifeguard in Training

June 10 - July 19

Ages 12-15

Republic Bank Foundation YMCA pool

1720 West Broadway

Louisville, KY 40203



Safety Around Water Training

Basic swim lessons for beginners

June 10 - July 19

Ages 5-17

Central High Magnet Career Academy pool

1130 W. Chestnut Street

Louisville, KY 40203


The Academy of Shawnee pool

4001 Herman Street

Louisville, KY 40212


Republic Bank Foundation YMCA pool

1720 West Broadway

Louisville, KY 40203



Adversity Skills Sports Academy

Program Description: Sports performance training, mentorship, healthy lifestyle development, career exploration.


June 10 - August 2

Ages 13-17

Portland Community Center

640 N. 27th Street

Louisville, KY 40212




The Willenium Youth Impact Program

Program Description: Holistic youth mentoring services/Group and individual sessions. Education on creating life goals and initiating a path to achieve.


June 10 - August 2

Ages 13-17

Newburg Community Center

4810 Exeter Avenue

Louisville, KY 40218




Funds for the Arts Program

Description Program: A teaching artist program where trained, skilled artists work with youth in all artistic disciplines including music, drawing, and painting. Offers healing experience through art expression. Participants receive t-shirts, water bottles pins and all art supplies.  For more information call your local community center.


June 10 - August 2

Ages 10-17

Beechmont Community Center

205 W. Wellington Avenue

Louisville, KY 40214



California Community Center

1600 W. St. Catherine Street

Louisville, KY 40210



Newburg Community Center

4810 Exeter Avenue

Louisville, KY 40218



Parkhill Community Center

1703 S. 13th Street

Louisville, KY 40210



Portland Community Center

640 N. 27th Street

Louisville, KY 40212



Shawnee Community Center

607 S. 37th Street

Louisville, KY 40211



South Louisville Community Center

2911 Taylor Boulevard

Louisville, KY 40208



Southwick Community Center

3621 Southern Avenue

Louisville, KY 40211




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