Power Scholars Academy

Lancaster Family YMCA to provide Power Scholars AcademyTM as School District of Lancaster‘s summer learning loss prevention program

Program expands in 2018 to support elementary students from across the district.

June 2018

The Lancaster Family YMCA is partnering with the School District of Lancaster to offer Power Scholars AcademyTM as the district’s summer learning loss prevention program for 2018.

The Y partnered with the School District of Lancaster last summer on the initial launch of Power Scholars AcademyTM at King Elementary School and served 65 students from King and Carter & MacRae Elementary Schools. Results from 2017 showed that the students gained an average of 2 months in literacy skills and 1.5 months in math skills versus a 2-month learning loss typically experienced by children when they don’t have access to summer enrichment opportunities.

Based on the positive results from the inaugural program, the School District of Lancaster has asked the Lancaster Family YMCA to offer Power Scholars AcademyTM as the district’s 2018 summer learning loss prevention program for students across the district. The 2018 session of Power Scholars AcademyTM will run June 25-August 3 at Elizabeth Martin Elementary School and will serve up to 240 students in grades 1-5.

Power Scholars AcademyTM is a partnership between the YMCA of the USA and the national nonprofit BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life). This five-week summer program tackles summer learning loss for low-income children living in urban communities and thereby enhances overall youth development, academic performance and graduation rates. The program provides support in literacy, math, enrichment activities in STEM and the arts, along with a health curriculum.

Built on BELL’s evidence-based model, Power Scholars AcademyTM blends rigorous small-group academic instruction with high-quality, camp-like enrichment and community engagement activities. Y staff and teachers are trained and supported by BELL to deliver the program to students who are struggling academically and who lack the resources to access to summer learning opportunities in their community. At the start and end of the summer, students complete computer-adaptive STAR Reading and Math Assessments, which measure their academic progress against Common Core State Standards.

Closing the Academic Achievement Gap is a key mission priority of the Lancaster Family YMCA and tackling the issue of summer learning loss is a critical part of that mission. In addition to Power Scholars AcademyTM, the Y offers other summer learning and enrichment programs including Camp Exploration at the Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA for 1st and 2nd grade students in the Lampeter-Strasburg School District reading below grade level. The Y also offers summer day camps at the City Center YMCA, Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA and YMCA at New Holland branches and YMCA Camp Shand.

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