Programs for City Youth

Youth Programs

Let's Move After School Program

Parks & Leisure Services offers a dynamic and enriching "Let's Move - After School Program"  for Petersburg residents grades (3rd) third thru (7th) seventh . The program will focus on academic support, youth develop, physical fitness, health/nutrition, mentoring and recreation.

Effective after school programs produce positive outcomes, improves academic performance, improves attendance at school, provides a safe haven, improves healthy food intake and increases the amount of time a child engages in positive relationships.

The program begins September 18, 2017 and will end June 1, 2018.  The following partners will offer programs during the Let's Move After School Program.

Petersburg (VA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated - Linking our Youth to the STEAM Effect Program will be held on Wednesdays. The goal is to engage at risk youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math in an effort to increase the number of minority  students entering the field of Science, Technology and Engineering

Virginia FeedMore Program (Virginia Food Bank) - provides HOT nutritional  meals daily to increase the intake of healthy meals received during the "Out of School Time".

Golden Girls Gardening Program - provides gardening classes for the After School Students both hands on instruction as well as classroom instruction.  In addition the Golden Girls offer an Etiquette and Chivalry Class for the students.

Optima Health (Health Education Awareness Program) W.H.A.T. Matters (W-Well Being, H-Health, A-Attitude, T-Thoughts) - students will engage in physical fitness competitions, Art Expression, and Open Mic Discussion concerning WHAT Matters.

Virginia State University - provide college students to assist with the program and serve as mentors.

Virginia State University Harding Street Urban Agriculture Center - provides opportunities for youth to engage in environmental and educational programs.

  • Transportation will be provided from the school to the After School Site. 
  • Hot Meals served daily
  • Fitness Competitions 
  • STEAM Program 
  • Homework Assistance
  • Spelling Bee
  • Arts & Crafts 
  • Library Visits  
  • Kickball League
  • Nutrition Classes
  • Chivalry Camp 
  • Tennis Camp 
  • Kickball League and Tournament
  • Movie Time
  • Gardening
  • Etiquette/Chivalry

Registration:  You may obtain a registration form from the Parks & Leisure Services Office, 1937 Johnson Road, Monday thru Friday 8:30-5:00PM. Deadline to register: Until FULL. If you have any additional  questions - please call 804-324-4014.

2017 Summer Science Camp - "The Sci-Tastic Camp

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Virginia State University and the City of Petersburg Parks & Leisure Services Partnership provides an awesome summer experience for rising 4th and 5th graders to explore the exciting world of SCIENCE! The program is held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Monday thru Thursday, 9:00-4:00PM, July 5 - July 20, 2017.

Registration Deadline:  June 26, 2017 - Registration Forms can be obtained at the Parks & Leisure Services Office, Monday thru Friday, 8:30-5:00PM.  The Sci-tastic Camp is open to Petersburg Residents and Non Petersburg Residents.

For additional information please call, 804-324-4014. 

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Summer Fun = Swimming at the Farmer Street Pool

The Farmer Street Pool will open Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hours for the week-end of July 22-23, 2017

July 22-23, 2017


Hours of Operation

Monday thru Saturday, 


Holiday Hours

Independence Day,

July 4th - 1-6PM

Labor Day

September 4th - 1-6PM


All pool participants must complete a registration form. Ages 18 & over will present Identification upon entering the pool site.

All children Ages 10 & under must have a parent or guardian 18 years or older accompany him or her the duration of time at the pool site. 

All users must wear swim wear (swim shorts with string, bathing suit). Please read all posted materials at the pool concerning safety, rules and pool etiquette. The ratio of Lifeguard to pool users: 1:25. Food and beverages are not allowed  (exception) plastic water bottles and sports drinks are allowed.

For additional information, please call 804-324-4014. 


The Petersburg (VA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated in partnership with Petersburg Parks & Leisure Services will kick off the "Linking  our Youth To STEAM EFFECT" Program on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.  The goal is to engage the PPLS Let's Move After School Students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics Activities. The "Inquiry in Action" Book  will be used to assist the students in the development  and understanding of the "scientific inquiry".

The STEAM activities will be held weekly beginning October and ending in April - each Wednesday. For additional information - please call 804-324-4014.