YMCA’s Power Scholars Academy goes virtual in 2020

Research shows that children can lose up to two months of learning during the summer. To prevent this “summer learning loss,” the YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW) is offering its Power Scholars Academy program for children ages 5-11 beginning July 6. In past years, children in the program have gained up to a ½ month of learning rather than losing two months of learning.

Now in its fifth year, the five-week Power Scholars program provides children entering first through sixth grade with rigorous academic instruction in reading and math, while also fostering physical, social and emotional growth. More than 500 children from Chester County have enrolled in the program since its inception at the YMCA of Greater Brandywine. In light of COVID-19, the program will run virtually this year.

“The Power Scholars program is an incredible opportunity for youth in Chester County who need to build a stronger foundation in reading and math,” said Marissa Caldwell, site director for YGBW’s Power Scholars Academy. “Studies show 75 percent of youth who participate in this program across the nation maintain or gain reading and math skills through the course of the summer.”

Funds are raised by YGBW to provide scholarships to each student in the program so there is no cost to the students or their families. The program, which is open to children who just finished kindergarten through fifth grade, will run from July 6-August 7.

From 9:00 to 11:30 am, there will be reading, writing and math instruction in small groups. The program will continue from 1:00 -3:00 pm in the afternoon with enrichment and creative arts activities such as music, physical education and STEM. Virtual field trips will be offered on Fridays. Enrollment applications can be found on the YGBW website at ymcagbw.org/power-scholars-academy and are due no later than June 22.

Please note that if an internet connection and/or electronic device is not available, the program can be completed over the phone.

YGBW runs the program in partnership with the nonprofit bellxcel.

For questions contact Marissa Caldwell at 484-301-0704.

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