Summer Brain Gain, a foundational program in the Education Core Program Area, is designed to prevent summer learning loss. Unless young people practice academic skills over the summer, they lose an average of two months’ worth of math skills. Youth from low-income families also lose an average of two months’ worth of reading skills. Summer learning loss stacks up from year to year, broadening the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth. The achievement gap between youth of different socioeconomic levels reflects the access youth have to enriching learning experiences.
Fortunately, summer learning programs can produce statistically significant gains in academic performance. The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club is proud to offer these developmentally appropriate, project-based learning materials to help keep young people learning in the summertime.