Summer Brain Gain at the Boys & Girls Club

article posted 06/11/2015
By: Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli........ Can you imagine going to school for ten months out of the year only to lose two months’ worth of math skills over the summer break? Well, that’s exactly what’s happing to approximately 43 million children each year. This problem is referred to as “Summer Learning Loss” or “Summer Brain Drain.” To make matters worse, national statistics indicate that low-income youth also lose more than two months’ worth of reading skills, while their middle-class peers actually make slight gains. How much worse would this picture look if summer learning loss would actually stack up every year? Well sadly, this loss does stack up; and this stacking up year after year is causing our children to fall further and further behind, ultimately endangering our children’s chances of high school graduation. Shockingly, more than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities! So, what can be done to stop this summer learning loss? Join the Summer Brain Gain Program at the Boys & Girls Club Fortunately, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (and our Club right here in Monroe County) is committed to ensuring that America’s youth, especially those who need us most, graduate from high school on time with a plan for the future. That’s why this national organization has launched “Summer Brain Gain”—a summer learning loss prevention program developed specifically for Boys & Girls Clubs to integrate into their traditional summer schedule. Summer Brain Gain is comprised of one-week modules with fun, themed activities for elementary school, middle school 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. As a result, kids develop higher-order thinking skills through the Summer Brain Gain modules while staying on track for the coming school year. In addition, and with support of our local community, the Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area will continue its outstanding “Read Aloud” program. Community members are encouraged to come to the Club with a book that they read to our children. Some community members may also provide supporting activities that can bring their book to life. Parents, it’s not too late to get your children enrolled at the Boys & Girls Club Summer Program Just give us a call, and we will help you get your child on the road to a fun filled and educational summer! For information about how you can get your child enrolled into our summer program please call us at (423) 442-6770.