The Y is committed to ensuring all young people stay engaged with their schools, and create a clear path to graduation.
Our academic support and school re-engagement programs help students discover the resources, personal strengths and relationships that will help them close achievement gaps and reach their highest potential.
To date, The Y has helped more than 5,000 young people re-engage with school and fulfill their potential.
The Y Approach to Ensuring Academic Success
The Y addresses specific needs at different stages of the academic journey
Starting Out Right
Getting a strong start is critical to success at each stage of the academic journey. YMCA Early Childhood Education sites give young kids a boost at the beginning of their school career.
Filling the Gaps
As kids grow, the YMCA provides opportunities to make sure they stay on track in school. Programs like Power Scholars Academy and Y STEAM Academy bolster classroom curriculum and curb learning loss.
Providing Better Options
For some youth, years of educational barriers make traditional school a distant hope. Through truancy intervention, peer court and academic alternatives, the Y provides the support to make an education a realistic choice for all youth.
Of children enrolled in Y preschools and preparing to enter Kindergarten:
have the literacy and learning skills necessary for kindergarten entry
demonstrate comprehension of age-appropriate text
demonstrate the emergent writing skills necessary for kindergarten
have the math skills necessary for kindergarten entry
YMCA Program Spotlight
The Y is addressing the summer learning loss that impacts students from low-income backgrounds through out-of-school time programs such as
POWER SCHOLARS ACADEMY
Power Scholars Academy is a six-week summer program for first through eighth graders designed to address summer learning loss in math and reading and to foster physical and social-emotional growth.
Disrupting the Opportunity Gap
UNDERSTANDING SUMMER LEARNING LOSS
Youth from low-income families often start school in the fall unprepared regardless of progressing at the same rate during the school year.
By fifth grade, summer learning loss can leave low-income students two-and-a-half to three years behind their peers from wealthier backgrounds.
Power Scholars get ahead
Without intervention, most students lose two months of learning over the summer.
YMCA Power Scholars Academy students did not experience the expected summer learning loss. On average, our students experienced a month’s worth of academic growth in both Math and Reading—a net gain of three months.
Power Scholars Academy by the Numbers
Total hours of learning each summer
Hours of academic and social enrichment delivered each day, 5 days per week for 6 weeks
Number of students served summer 2017
Number of students served summer 2018
Watch how Power Scholars AcademyTM makes an impact.