The Dance Institute of Washington

New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award

Washington, DC · The Summer Dance Bootcamp is a five-week program that engages high needs youth in dance, literacy, and professional development activities. This program offers Ballet Technique, Repertoire, Hip Hop, and Afro Fit along with Academic Power Hours, which have shown an increase in students’ literacy skills. Wellness check-ins, nutrition guidance, and workshops featuring professional, legendary dancers are also offered to inspire students that a career in dance is obtainable. Progress is tracked through quizzes, journals, and portfolios. At the end of the program, students participate in a collaborative dance video and show an increased focus in their desired career path.

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America SCORES Los Angeles

New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award

Los Angeles, CA ·America SCORES LA (ASLA) Summer Camp is a summer program that combines soccer, poetry, and service. The program was conceptualized to address the lack of out of school learning opportunities for youth in Los Angeles and to advance the academic, physical, emotional, and social development of students. More specifically, ASLA focuses on improving English standardized test scores, self-esteem, teamwork, leadership, hours of physical activity, and community connections. Over the course of four weeks, students alternate between soccer and classroom-based literacy activities. Students are also encouraged to take initiative and conduct student-led service projects right in their community such as cleaning up neighborhoods or feeding the homeless.

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Fab Youth Philly's Play Captain Initiative

New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award

Philadelphia, PA ·The Play Captain Initiative is a summer program that partners with the Philadelphia Parks and Recreations’ Playstreet initiative in order to bring structured play to Playstreets. This is a program that empowers teens and trains them in leadership while also providing an enriching experience for the younger children involved. Throughout the initiative, children and teens rotate throughout Playstreets where they engage in play, participate in-group activities, and receive free meals. Play interactions are based on the Six Cs of Playful Learning (collaboration, communication, critical thinking, confidence, content, creative innovation). The mission of the Play Captain Initiative is to decrease summer slide, increase physical activity, and provide jobs for teens.

Memphis Public Libraries' Explore Memphis

New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award

Memphis, TN ·Explore Memphis is a library-based summer program that focuses on addressing the “summer slide,” improving kindergarten readiness, and increasing student literacy rates. Its main goal is to provide education attainment opportunities to low-income, at-risk youth through educational and creativity-driven programs. One of Explore Memphis’ most popular programs is its Tween Forensics Camp. Students also get to participate in engaging activities such as book clubs, cultural celebrations, writing workshops, and even escape rooms. As they transitioned online this past summer, Explore Memphis saw 8,200 students attend their programs and over 555,343 minutes were logged for their reading adventures.

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