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Summer Brain Gain
Each summer, an estimated 43 million children in the U.S. miss out on expanded learning opportunities that could prevent them from falling behind before the next school year begins. During summer, most youth lose about two months’ worth of math skills. Low-income youth also lose more than two months’ worth of reading skills, while their middle-class peers make slight gains.
“Summer learning losses can stack up from year to year, causing low-income children to fall further and further behind, ultimately endangering their chances of high school graduation,” said Angie Mock. “We are committed to ensuring that San Antonio’s youth, especially those who need us most, graduate from high school on time with a plan for the future. That’s why we are offering the Summer Brain Gain program to fight the detrimental effect of summer learning loss.”
During the summer of 2013, BGCA pilot tested Summer Brain Gain in more than 200 Clubs in 2013. While the average low-income U.S. student lost at least two months of learning last summer, the average Summer Brain Gain participant did not. Overall, there was no significant change in reading or math scores. Moreover, from the last year’s pilot, some Clubs actually experienced gains—especially in vital 21st century skills, like collaboration and critical thinking.
We are happy to provide the Summer Brain Gain program in San Antonio thanks to the support from Old Navy!