Closing the Achievement Gap Through
Summer Learning Loss Prevention
Power Scholars Academy™
Power Scholars Academy™ was created through a partnership between the YMCA of the USA and BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life). This summer program tackles summer learning loss for children who live in urban communities and lack access to summer learning opportunities. The Lancaster Family YMCA offers Power Scholars Academy™ free of cost to eligible families in the School District of Lancaster as part of its key mission priority to Close the Achievement Gap. The program is made possible through a combination of funding from individual local donors, local and national foundations and the School District of Lancaster. The Y first launched the program in 2017 serving 65 children from King and Carter and MacRae Elementary Schools. In 2018, the program was expanded and served 213 children from elementary schools across the School District of Lancaster.
In its second summer at the Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA, Camp Exploration offered summer learning loss prevention programming to 27 first and second grade students from the Lampeter-Strasburg School District. Based on the YMCA of the USA’s Summer Learning Loss Prevention program, Camp Exploration’s goal is to prevent summer learning loss through a combination of literacy instruction, quality enrichment activities aligned to literacy instruction, and positive youth development opportunities for struggling readers. Camp Exploration is offered to students without cost through the support of local donors and the Lampeter-Strasburg School District.