(Garden City, Meridian, Kuna, Boise – June 12, 2017) – Ninety percent of students in America will be at risk for potentially damaging summer learning loss. According to the National Summer Learning Association, summer learning loss is 1-3 months of lost academic skill and knowledge over the course of the summer. But this phenomenon won’t be happening at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County is combating summer learning loss in a big way at their four locations throughout Ada County. 1,570 local children and teens will be participating in structured summer programs that keep youth current in subjects they often fall behind in during the summer months away from schools such as math and reading.
“Summer learning loss is one of the biggest drivers of the academic achievement gap. We’re here to close that gap for youth who may not have access to summer enrichment activities,” says Colleen Braga, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County. “Students in lower income brackets tend to have unequal access to summer learning opportunities and many fall behind in their studies. The Club combats this and puts kids on equal ground.”
The programs include activities designed to draw upon members’ interest and keep their reading and literacy, math, physical activity, science and engineering, and art skills current. An example of programming is Summer Brain Gain, being piloted at the Meridian Boys & Girls Clubs.
Summer Brain Gain is comprised of weeklong modules with fun, themed activities for elementary, middle and high school students that are aligned with common core standards. Supported by Disney, each module takes a project-based learning approach: youth engage in a process of learning through discovery, creative expression, group work and a final project or production. As a result, children develop higher-order thinking skills through the Summer Brain Gain modules while staying on track for the coming school year.
“Summer learning losses can stack up from year to year, causing many low-income children to fall further and further behind, ultimately endangering their chances of high school graduation. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County is a great option for parents who are concerned about their children’s summer learning loss.
What can you do today to stop the slide? Enroll your child in the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Enroll your child in the Boys & Girls Clubs! If that is not an option for you:
- Check out a public library to find books of interest and any free summer reading groups it may offer.
- Work on a few math problems per day to keep math skills sharp.
- Make math fun – take advantage of any math games, apps, or websites you can find.
- Take mini vacations or trips to broaden general background knowledge. Visit local areas that provide opportunities for learning. Take the time to let your kids experience some hands-on learning.
- Find summer school classes or other summer camps/programs that make learning fun and will help eliminate learning loss.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County (adaclubs.org) serves more than 4,600 children and provides a wide variety of youth development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Key programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Our goal is to provide a safe and stable experience that assures success is within reach of all members. For a very low membership fee, the Club is open to youth every day after school from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the summer. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/AdaClubs and https://twitter.com/Adaclubs