Kids need you to keep learning this summer




Studies show that children who are not in engaged in meaningful summer learning opportunities are destined to start the next school year behind their peers. Distance Learning has only magnified this problem.

Low-income students are especially at risk of falling an entire grade behind their fellow higher-income students by 5th grade if they are not provided with summer enrichment and learning opportunities.

  • 95% of youth we serve are considered economically disadvantaged - these truly are the young people who need us most.

  • As a result of distance learning, students of color are likely to be 12-18 months behind academically, compared with 4-8 months for white students.

While all students are suffering, those who came into the pandemic with the fewest academic opportunities are on track to exit with the greatest learning loss (read this article for more). 

WATCH: How Kids Fall Behind During Summer

NBC's Brian Williams discusses how summer learning loss puts students at a disadvantage academically.

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Here’s the good news. Experts say that expanded learning programs like Summer Camps are the answer to combat Learning Loss! Our 8-week summer camp offers a healthy and safe place for low-income youth with enrichment-based activities designed to help combat summer learning loss.

Our summer camp programs balance educational, interactive, hands-on projects and enrichment activities that integrate learning activities to complement what children are learning during the school year with typical summer camp activities, such as music, games and sports.


Kids Need YOU to Keep Learning This Summer!


More kids need camp, due to the learning loss from a full year of distance learning. With your support, we can ensure that the kids who need Summer Camp can attend! Every $2,000 we raise allows one new young person an opportunity to attend camp for the entire summer.

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High-quality summer programming is essential to the academic and social success of the youth we serve. All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.

Educational Opportunities

  • Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months.

  • Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains.

  • More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities.

  • Additionally, the achievement gap widens during distance learning where lower & higher income youth experience disparity in teacher access, connectivity, and adult help.

  • As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Catherine Augustine et. Al 2016).

Barbara Heyns, a New York University sociologist, spent two years following nearly 3,000 sixth- and seventh-grade students in Atlanta’s public schools. She found that children who read at least six books during the summer maintained or improved their reading skills, while children who did not read at all during the summer saw their literacy skills slip by as much as an entire grade level. Additionally, the academic advantage for students with high summer program attendance translated to between 20-25 percent of typical annual gains in math and reading (Heyns 2015).

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““If kids living in low-income neighborhoods don’t have access to healthy food and safe places to play, what are we setting them up for? . . . It seems almost an unreasonable expectation for many of these lower-income students to be ready for school in the fall when they have gone part or all of the summer break without adequate nourishment for their bodies or minds” ”

— Patrice Chamberlain, director of the California Summer Meal Coalition

Camp doesn’t just impact academic success. Our camp also cultivates healthy lifestyles. In 2016, only 16 percent of the students who were receiving free or reduced-price lunches received similar services during summer. (“School’s Out…Who Ate?”). Most community food banks report summer as the busiest time, suggesting that it is a time of real struggle for families. Additionally, most children—particularly children at high risk of obesity—gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school during summer break due to low-nutrition food and a lack of exercise (Why do Summer Learning and Wellness Programs Matter?).

Further Reading on the impacts of learning loss & the role camp can plan

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