Children are astonishingly resilient, but after two years of continually interrupted school days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, even well-supported students are suffering. Imagine how much more difficult catching up academically is for children who are at a disadvantage due to their home or community circumstances. At Power Scholars Academy where they receive a super-charge of educational enrichment, 464 students in grades K-8 are thriving academically.
The five-week program is an initiative of the Heart of the Valley YMCA in partnership with schools, community organizations and national funding to ensure that K-8 students in under-resourced households receive math, reading and extracurricular enrichment to overcome learning loss typical during summer vacation from school.
“On average, children without access to quality learning experiences lose two months of academic skills over the school break, putting them at an academic disadvantage in the fall. Such losses accumulate year after year,” said Lamont Singleton, Director of Youth Development and Social Responsibility for Heart of the Valley YMCA. “Over time, this gap culminates in low high school graduation and college attainment rates, limited job prospects and negative economic impact.”
The YMCA has provided Power Scholars Academy for the past five years to school sites in Madison and Marshall Counties. Evaluation results by BellXcel showed that students enrolled in Power Scholars Academy in 2020 gained more than three months of math and reading skills.
Power Scholars Academy is hosted at five sites in Madison and Marshall counties this summer at Madison County, New Hope, New Market, Owens Cross Roads and Guntersville elementary schools. Heart of the Valley YMCA is providing literacy and math education presented by certified teachers along with enrichment classes and field trips ensuring that they won’t be left behind when the bell rings for class this fall. Community partners are The CARE Center, Friends of New Market, the Schools of Guntersville, Madison County Schools and BELL U with funding by The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville/SAIL and the 21st Century Community Learning Center.
To learn more about Power Scholars Academy and how the Heart of the Valley YMCA is closing the achievement gap, contact Lamont Singleton at 256.428.9622 ext. 3010 or email@example.com. Read more about Power Scholars Academy.