What Happens to Kids Over the Summer?
Each summer in America, an estimated 43 million children in the U.S. miss out on expanded learning opportunities that could prevent them from falling behind. During summer, most youth lose about two months’ worth of math skills. Low-income youth also lose more than two months’ worth of reading skills, while their middle-class peers make slight gains.
Summer learning losses can stack up from year to year, causing low-income children to fall further and further behind, ultimately endangering their chances of high school graduation. More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities.
Close the Achievement Gap
Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is committed to ensuring that area youth, especially those who need us most, graduate from high school on time with a plan for the future. That’s why we, in collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), launched Summer Brain Gain—a summer learning loss prevention program developed specifically for Boys & Girls Clubs that allows our organization to integrate educational activities into our traditional summer schedule.
Summer Brain Gain is comprised of one-week modules with fun, themed activities for elementary, middle and high school students. 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. A large emphasis of each module incorporates elements from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education that are appealing and interactive for members. As a result, kids develop higher-order thinking skills through the Summer Brain Gain modules while staying on track for the coming school year.
For more information about the Club’s Summer Brain Gain program please contact Casey Rogers, Director Program Development at (775) 360-2452 or email.