Building Educated Leaders for Life
Over the last two years, The Granite YMCA has worked in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester and the Manchester School District to deliver the Power Scholars Academy Camp, a program to help mitigate summer learning loss, to inner city students.
This free, six-week summer program, for Manchester area students entering grades 7-9 using the YMCA Power Scholars Achievement Gap model has been funded by the YMCA of the USA and other charitable contributions from: Granite United Way, Wells Fargo, Manchester School District, and YMCA of the USA. Enrollment priority for this program is given to those students that are referred by their principal and are economically disadvantaged lacking access to high quality summer learning opportunities.
“Despite progressing at the same rate during the school year, learning gaps widen each summer and students fall farther behind their peers,” commented John Harris, President/CEO of The Granite YMCA. “The goal of the Power Scholars Academy Camp is to prevent summer learning loss by providing students with a well-rounded schedule of academic and social curriculum, enrichment activities, and physical fitness.”
Summer 2016 highlights:
- the program served 51 area youth
- achieved 89% student daily attendance
- 3 month gain in both reading and math proficiency.
Summer 2017 highlights:
- increased enrollment to serve 120 area youth
- achieved 93% student daily attendance
- 9 month gain in math proficiency
“We are pleased with the success and impact that this program has had on Manchester area students,” said Natalie Barney, Director of Teen Services for The Granite YMCA. “Not only did we work together to eliminate the summer opportunity gap and accelerate academic achievement, but we were able to provide positive mentors and a safe place for teens to be during the summer months.”
“I ended up failing 6th grade. It was disappointing to my family and to me. I wanted to give up,” said a 7th grade 2017 Power Scholar student. “I think it was the best thing that ever happened to me because, that is how I got signed up for Power Scholars. The program has helped build my confidence, allowed me to make new friends, and learn about patience and teamwork.”
Thanks to generous donors and the continued partnerships with Boys and Girls Club of Manchester, BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), and Middle School at Parkside, the Power Scholars Academy Camp will be offered for a third summer in 2018. The Granite YMCA will provide academic and enrichment programming at the Middle School at Parkside, and the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester will be offering afternoon and evening programming. This summer’s program goals will include:
- Increase scholars’ literacy and math skills and help them avoid summer learning loss
- Strengthen scholars’ self-confidence, social emotional development, physical health, and well-beingIncrease parental engagement
- Build a stronger connection between local schools, The Boys & Girls Club of Manchester and The Granite YMCA
- Provide a venue for community members to engage and serve youth
Students will receive 180 minutes of daily data-driven, differentiated instruction and remediation in literacy and math led by certified teachers in a highly engaged learning environment. Students will have access to computers to use online learning modules from BELL’s research-based curriculum to address Manchester’s Core Curriculum. As with the previous two years, all students will be assessed pre and post program. A nutritious breakfast, healthy lunch and snack will be served daily and each student will receive at least 60 minutes of physical activity. Enrichment includes character development, substance abuse prevention, violence and bullying prevention, service-learning, 21st century learning skills, STEM, creative arts, college and career visits and presentations, and adventure trips.
“We are thrilled with the results of our first two years of this program,” said Diane Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester. “To further ensure a safe and healthy environment for students, we will be providing optional morning transportation as well as afternoon bussing to our Boys & Girls Club where we will provide a healthy dinner and teen center program hours until 8:00 pm.”
The Power Scholars Academy Camp is recognized as a vital program in how the community can continue to serve Manchester area students as they transition to high school. Families and participants have reported that the program has helped them feel more confident in their abilities and have a more positive attitude towards school.
The application process for summer 2018 has already begun. For more information contact Bridget Johnston, Power Scholars Coordinator at The Granite YMCA at email@example.com or by phone at (603) 232-8660.
About The Boys & Girls Club of Manchester
The Manchester Boys Club was incorporated in 1907 and became the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester in 1983. We are one of the 53 original organizations that formed what is now Boys & Girls Clubs of America. From its meager beginnings as reading and recreation rooms, the Manchester Club has grown to include the main Clubhouse at 555 Union Street and two school-based after school sites at Jewett Street and Highland Goffe's Falls Elementary Schools with a focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles and character and leadership development. In addition, we operate Camp Foster summer day camp in Bedford, NH. www.begreatmanchester.org.
About The Granite YMCA
As one of the state’s longest standing and most enduring non-profits, The Granite YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, and family strengthening. Across the state, its six branches engage 30,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to improve their health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In 2017, The Granite YMCA provided financial assistance and free services valued at over $1.63 million to 20,190 individuals. To learn more, please visit www.graniteymca.org.