The New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award and NSLA Founder’s Award recognize outstanding summer programs that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for low-income children and youth between pre-kindergarten and twelfth grade.

Since 2004, the Excellence in Summer Learning Award program has been a critical strategy of the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to support the growth and visibility of high-quality summer learning programs.

In 2015, NSLA introduced the Founder’s Award to further expand its reach and better document outstanding practices of unique informal or drop-in models for summer learning in the field. The awards overall provide a growing knowledge base that NSLA uses to educate policymakers, funders, and the public on best practices and standards of quality for summer learning.

Congratulations to the 2018 Winners!

Aim High

First Ever Legacy Award Winner

San Francisco, CA · Since 1986, Aim High, has uniquely focused on the “make or break” period of middle school, recognizing this time in a student’s life as an important, yet challenging pathway to successful transitions to high school, college, and careers.

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Breakthrough Miami

Summer Institute

Excellence in Summer Learning Award Winner

Miami, FL · Breakthrough Miami values inclusion and recognizes the contributions of individual students as the program focuses on closing the opportunity gap by delivering an eight-year, tuition-free academic enrichment program to more than 1,300 students in seven sites.

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Generation Teach

Summer Teaching Fellowship

Founder’s Award Winner

National · Generation Teach works to address the root causes of the shortage of teachers of color by recruiting Teaching Fellows beginning in high school and providing them with authentic teaching experiences and support as they apply for teaching jobs.

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Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater

Children’s Circus of Middletown

Excellence in Summer Learning Award Winner

Middletown, CT · The Children’s Circus of Middletown fosters positive youth development through a fun, challenging, physical theater experience for 8 to 15 year-olds that builds self-confidence, teamwork, and performing and life skills.

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Princeton-Blairstown Center

Summer Bridge Program

Founder’s Award Winner

Blairstown, NJ · Princeton-Blairstown Center empowers young people, primarily from under-resourced communities, to strengthen their social-emotional skills through experiential, environmental, and adventure-based programming.

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Self Enhancement, Inc.

Summer Program

Founder’s Award Winner

Portland, OR · Self Enhancement, Inc. guides underserved youth to realize their full potential. Working with schools, families, and other partners, the program provides a multitude of supportive services and opportunities to achieve personal and academic success—bringing hope to young people and enhancing the quality of community.

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