Program Information

Did you know that children can lose up to two months of learning during the summer? To prevent this “summer learning loss,” the Heart of the Valley YMCA offers Power Scholars Academy.

Power Scholars is a five-week summer learning program for children, mainly from low-income households, who are entering first through second grades. Research indicates that children from low-income households reach kindergarten unprepared and continue to fall behind in school, especially over summer breaks. Without intervention, the achievement and opportunity gap widens, often culminating in low high school and college graduation rates and limited job prospects. Power Scholars Academy is designed to tackle this summer learning loss through rigorous math and reading instruction, while also fostering physical, social and emotional growth through field trips and career exploration.

In 2021, children in the program gained 3+ months of reading and 2.5 months of math proficiency rather than losing two months of learning during the summer.

Program Partners
The Heart of the Valley YMCA raises all funds for the program with the help of community partners and provides scholarships to each student so there is no cost to them or their families. It costs approximately $1500 for each student in the program.

2021 partners included:

  • The C.A.R.E. Center
  • Friends of New Market
  • Madison County Elementary
  • New Hope Elementary
  • New Market Elementary
  • Owens Cross Roads Elementary
  • Cherokee Elementary
  • Guntersville City Schools
  • Huntsville/Madison Community Foundation
  • SAIL/The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville
  • 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant

Contact Information

Contact Name Huy Lu
Email huy.lu@ymcahuntsville.org
Phone 256.428.9622 Ext. 3013
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