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.

2018 Let's Move Summer Program 

Petersburg Recreation Let's Move Summer Program will operate  July 2 - August 16, 2018, Monday thru Thursday, 9:00-4:00PM.  The program  will engage city youth between the ages of 6 to 12 in interactive activities that will focus on fitness, health, reading, gardening, golf, fishing, etiquette & chivalry sessions and so much more. You can register your child now until June 15, 2018. The program is for Petersburg Residents only and it is a free program.  Breakfast/Lunch will be served daily and transportation provided (based on bus schedule).  For additional information please call 804-324.4014 or 4015. 

Recreation Summer Program 2018

Recreation Summer Program 2018


Summer Fun = Swimming at the Farmer 

The Farmer Street Pool will open Saturday, May  26, 2018, (weekends only until June 30, 2018)

Hours of Operation

Monday thru Saturday, 1:00-6:00PM

Holiday Hours

Memorial Weekend, May 26-18, 2018, 1:00-6:00PM

Independence Day,  July 4, 2018, 1:00-6:00PM

Labor Day, September 3, 201, 1:00-6:00PM


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 Recreation  presents  "Linking  our Youth to the  "STEAM EFFECT" Program,  Wednesdays at the Let's Move Recreation After School Program. .  The goal is to engage After School Students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics Activities. For additional information please call 804-324-4014. 

NSBE, JR (Petersburg Links and Petersburg Recreation Partnership