Evenings, weekends, and summer days are often associated with a reprieve from the rigors of the classroom, however, time out of school should not mean time away from learning. In fact, these times are optimal for promoting academic enrichment and exploring new skills in your Club! Boys & Girls Clubs of America encourages local Clubs and communities to rethink what builds success and to continue to promote academic achievement outside of school hours. A combination of time spent in school and at the Club builds great futures for Club kids everywhere!
The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) has conducted eye-opening research about academic retention during summer. Previous findings show that kids involved in summer programming prevent learning loss of up to two months’ worth of reading and math skills. According to NSLA, participation in summer programs as well as after school activities can reverse negative trends that youth face regarding gaps in achievement, employment, and college and career success. As a result of these findings, out of school time programs have caught the attention of national organizations and agencies as youth development professionals and stakeholders strive to close the achievement gap while also allowing kids to be kids.
Learning opportunities this summer, and after school this fall, are invaluable to community youth. As a Club leader or staff member, you are a major contributor to this effort! In the busyness that is summer programming, take a moment to reflect on the success you are helping the Club kids reach by being a part of the Movement.
Do you want to know more about how out of school time programs benefit youth and how to enhance your programs? Check out these Websites to find fact sheets, tool kits, summer learning celebration events, and professional development webinars.