Applications have now opened for non-profit organizations to be considered for grant-funding through the Summer Adventures in Learning Partnership for 2014 summer programs. The application period ends on October 1, 2013, and grant decisions will be announced in December. To apply for a grant to your organization’s 2014 summer program, visit our Summer Adventures in Learning page.
The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham is thrilled to be a part of the SAIL partnership because of our strategic focus on children’s success along the education pipeline. That pipeline includes the summer, where summer learning loss can account for nearly two-thirds of the ninth grade reading achievement gap. Summer learning programs aim to combat those results. A five to six week program can turn that loss around and lead to an average gain of at least two months in reading and math. This allows children to begin the school year prepared and ready to build on their knowledge.
“Summer learning loss has proven to be significant for children everywhere so we are pleased to be part of a funding coalition to address this problem in our community,” said Kate Nielsen, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham president. “Providing learning opportunities in those few months of summer can have a significant impact on a child’s entire future. “One such opportunity is the new Breakthrough Birmingham program at Parker High School, which will serve 35 rising seventh-grade students this summer. This program is built on a model with a 35 year track record, with over 40,000 successful alumni across the country.
For the 2013 summer learning season, grants were made totaling over $500,000 to 19 organizations: A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club, American Baseball Foundation, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Better Basics, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama, Breakthrough Birmingham, Children’s Creative Learning Center, Summer Advantage USA, IPC Children’s Fresh Air Farm, Girls Incorporated of Central Alabama, Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, New Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church Community Support Corporation, NorthStar Youth Ministries, Birmingham YMCA, Tarrant City Schools, and Urban Ministry, along with the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama for their participation in the program assessments.
Each of these organizations plays a vital role in the development of the young ones they serve this summer. The collaborative nature of the SAIL partnership means that each program will also play a vital part in developing and improving each other, as they share results, strategies, and lessons learned. This collaboration, combined with pre- and post-program student assessments, enables this partnership to continue to grow stronger and better and to continue enriching the lives of students across our community.
To learn more about how your organization can become a part of the Summer Adventures in Learning Partnership, contact Koko McCall.