A well-known African proverb reminds us that it takes a village to raise a child. This idea is at the heart of community systems building. Throughout every community, there are people and institutions interested in making life better for children and youth. Community systems building brings all of these community members together to provide a space for partnership, planning, and implementation. The goal is to maximize the impact and effectiveness of every summer learning effort.
Community system building activates the cumulative power of a wide range of groups, individuals, and institutions—including libraries and museums, social and religious groups, state and local government, and local neighborhood organizations—to create new opportunities for summer learning. NSLA promotes a three-step approach to community systems building:
Now more than ever, communities need your support to expand access to summer and afterschool programs that will help students catch up on unfinished learning and thrive after an extraordinarily challenging school year.
Please consider supporting NSLA’s critical work this holiday season. With your support, we can make a positive difference in the academic, social, and economic realities of children, families, and communities across America. Whether you donate $5, $10, or $25, every little bit helps.