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2015: A Summer in Review
The Old Colony Y recently wrapped up another summer of programming focused on addressing the Academic Achievement Gap. Through partnerships with a range of stakeholders including the Y of the USA, local schools, businesses, our Y Camps and nonprofit agencies, we were able to once again work to engage program participants in activities that encouraged their learning and personal growth. Here’s a quick snapshot of our outcomes and all of those who worked to make this a success!
RiseUp! is a literacy enrichment camp designed by YMCA of the USA. The 6 week program consists of 3 hours of teacher instruction in reading and writing and 4.5 hours of literacy enrichment activities each day for students in grades 1-3. Afternoon activities incorporate literacy into various blocks including nutrition, character development, the arts, and physical fitness. Pre and post tests have shown immense improvements in the participants’ reading levels, with 95% of students increasing their reading scores by an average of 86 points! In addition to that, 100% of youth who participated reported that they want to do better in school since coming to RiseUp! and that the program made them want to help people.
Looking to expand how we are intentionally supporting youth who are struggling in school, this summer we piloted RiseUp! Stoughton. As has been done in Brockton for the past three years, we partnered with the Stoughton Public Schools to support 3rd grade students who read below grade level and have limited access to other summer enrichment opportunities. 19 youth spent their mornings in class developing their literacy skills with teacher support. Afternoons were spent at Camp Stoughton, where students were able to participate in more traditional summer camp activities through an academic lens. According to the data, 100% of parents in the program said they felt their child’s reading skills had improved, and that the program made their family feel more comfortable at the Y. Furthermore, children read over 70 books over the course of 6 weeks, and youth gained over 140 points in their scaled score on the STAR assessment.
Now in its 4th year, the Summer Leaders Program was designed as a high school readiness program for incoming freshman from various middle schools in Brockton. The program provides leadership training and professional development opportunities for youth, enhancing their confidence and self-esteem while building youth into community activists. After two weeks of initial training, leaders serve as role models for younger campers at Camp Yomechas and Camp Satucket 2 days a week, engaging them in learning activities as a direct response to the academic achievement gap. We were excited to graduate 39 leaders who will join our Y Family as future CIT’s, employees, Board Members, and more. One of our Leaders reported that the best part of the program was “The idea of waking up every day to smiling faces at camp, and making people’s days better.” We are happy to report that participants were so satisfied with the program, the vast majority reported the only thing they would change about camp was being able to volunteer more days!
With Much Appreciation
Our work in Summer Ed Gap programming would not be possible without the support of our community! Thank you to our generous partners who contributed, funding, grants, in-kind donations and services to help our kids embrace learning and have fun!
- Arbonne Charitable Foundation
- Barnes & Noble Bookstores
- Boston University Girls Basketball Team and Amy Coleman, Director of Basketball Operations
- Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board YouthWorks
- Brockton Cultural Council
- Brockton Public Schools
- Christina Grande from the Brockton Area ARC
- Eastern Bank
- HarborOne Bank
- Local Nurses, Mary Burke-Roth, BSN and Jennifer Morgan, RN
- Local tutor and author, Diana McAdams
- Mass Alliance of YMCA’s
- Project Bread
- South Shore Conservatory
- Stoughton Public Schools
- UMASS Extension Program, Keryn LeBlanc
- YMCA of the USA