"Viver o Verão" is a free time occupation program (OTL) known to Lacobrigenses families. Many children and young people have participated in the initiative over these 18 years of existence. Now, according to the autarchy, to stabilize the rules of organization and functioning «this is an important social response of the municipality to the many families they find in the Living the Summer the solution to occupy, in a playful and pedagogical way, its students in the months of July and August; period when, as a rule, they have more work due to the high season of tourism ».
The Lagos city council then launched the procedure for preparing the Regulation of Operation of the Program of Free Time Occupation “Viver o Verão”. Having completed the first legal stages of this procedure, the municipality approved, in its last ordinary meeting, the draft regulation, which is now under public consultation for 30 working days, before its final approval and entry into force.
The approved document defines the objectives and recipients of the program, as well as a whole series of organizational aspects, such as schedules, duration, places of operation, vacancies, registration, forms of selection, rights and duties of the parties involved, among others. Living the Summer annually covers an average of 600 children from 6 to 15 years old and about 100 young people aged between 16 and 29 years old, implying an annual financial burden of 150 thousand euros, a sum that the municipality considers “well applied given the social impact positive effect of this program '.
For young participants who perform the functions of monitor, this is often their first contact with the labor market, instilling a sense of responsibility and commitment, which are important for their personal and social development and training. O Living the Summer it started to take place in the city of Lagos and was gradually extended to other parishes in the municipality, currently having total coverage, with nuclei operating in Luz, Odiáxere and Bensafrim.