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 2005, 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 2019 Winners!

The Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) – Summer Learning Program

New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award

Austin TX · ARF’s summer learning program engages children in Title I elementary schools through hands-on activities around STEM, literacy, physical activity, health, arts, and community service. The goals of the program are to 1) reduce summer learning loss, which includes the 2 or more months of reading skills low-income children lose over summer vacation when they are not engaged in quality programs, 2) build social emotional skills such as teamwork, communication, and leadership, and 3) ensure youth are physically active. The program also has a strong emphasis on family engagement, offering multiple family nights during the program and throughout the year.

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ESLAsC Reads Across National Parks

Columbus State Community College-ESL Afterschool Communities

New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award

Columbus, OH · ESLAsC’s summer programming is anchored by a theme developed throughout the school year with student’s needs and interests in mind. Last summer students explored the United States through weekly “travels” to America’s National Parks. Summer program ran Monday through Thursday for three weeks for a total of 12 days.

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MERIT Health Leadership Academy

Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens

New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award

Baltimore, MD ·The MERIT Health Leadership Academy is a longitudinal academic and career mentorship program supporting Baltimore high school students who aspire to careers in health. During MERIT’s summer program, scholars work in paid internships in hospitals and labs, take advanced academic classes, and receive college and career guidance. Rising juniors shadow a variety of health professionals in the field while rising seniors participate in a research internship, conducting independent research based on their interests.