2016 New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award Winner, The Clarence T.C. Ching PUEO Program at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii

Excellence in Summer Learning Awards

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Both the New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award and Founder’s Award recognize outstanding summer programs or models that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for young people between pre-kindergarten and twelfth grade.

The awards are given annually based on an application process that elicits information on a program’s history, mission, goals, operations, management, staff development, partnerships, outcomes/results and sustainability.

Programs are measured against the Summer Learning Program Quality Assessment (SLPQA), developed in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) and the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.

Applicants are reviewed by NSLA staff in addition to experts in the field. Interviews are conducted with a small group of semi-finalists followed by site visits to a select group of finalists to observe program activities before announcing the awards.

On December 15, 2016, NSLA hosted an interactive webinar (watch it now) featuring tips for your application and best practices from our 2016 winners. Click here to see slides from the webinar or click here to see answers from some frequently asked questions.

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Why Apply?

Why Apply for the New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award or Founder’s Award?

Just by submitting an application for one of the awards, your program will receive a feedback summary outlining strengths and areas for improvement.

All applicants receive a detailed feedback report similar to having a full quality assessment. Finalists receive a phone call with two members of the NSLA Program Quality Team. A quality assessment for one single program site is valued at up to $4,000.

As an award winner, your program will receive…

  • A monetary award of up to $10,000, generously provided by the New York Life Foundation.
  • Visibility at the Summer Changes Everything™ national conference and in a NSLA Summer Times e-newsletter.
  • Invitations to participate in panel discussions, funder summits, or conference presentations with or on behalf of NSLA.
  • National exposure through a NSLA press release during the busy summer learning media season, along with a template press release and talking points to promote your program.
  • Professional development opportunities with peer organizations through NSLA’s new affinity group structure.
  • Possible future case studies or features in NSLA presentations, publications, or reports widely distributed throughout the education field and staged on summerlearning.org.

How to Apply

New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award

Summer learning programs can apply to the Excellence in Summer Learning Award if they are a traditional model that is site and enrollment-basedAdditional eligibility requirements are explained during the application process.

Click here to download a PDF of the Excellence Award application (word doc). Applications will not be accepted via email. Applications are due by Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. There is no application fee.

Founder’s Award

Sponsored by the New York Life Foundation

Programs or summer learning models (local, state, or national) can apply to the Founder’s Award award if they operate as a drop-in site or plug-in program used by summer learning programs or are summer-focused. Also eligible are wrap-around programs that do not partner with a traditional site or enrollment-based summer program, but provide learning or enrichment opportunities during the summer.

Click here to download a PDF of the Founder’s Award application (word doc). Applications will not be accepted via email. Applications are due by Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. There is no application fee.

Contact Leslie Gabay-Swanston, Director of Community System Building for more information.