Summer Learning Leadership Development Opportunities

Putting people first is essential in shaping successful quality summer programs. The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is deeply invested in growing diverse and exceptional leaders in the field with four, new professional development opportunities:

$20,000 NSLA Summer Innovation Fellowship

NSLA believes students need to see themselves and their lived experiences in the leaders that serve them. The NSLA Summer Innovation Fellowship aims to support educational leaders of color who are looking to modify or expand a new or creative program serving low income students over the summer of 2022. The goal of the fellowship is to support, highlight and promote unique and innovative practices, partnerships, or policies, and to address an unmet need in your community. We are looking for candidates aiming to serve a minimum of 25 students through a summer program that offers a combination of academics, enrichment, and physical and social emotional development supports. Fellows will receive funding, leadership coaching, mentors and program support and resources.

All-Expense-Paid Summer Internship for Current College Students

This summer from June 1- August , 2022, NSLA is sponsoring a paid summer internship program in Washington, DC in 2022 for ten students of color who are both alumni of NSLA Award winning programs and currently enrolled as juniors or seniors in college. Students must have an interest, passion and commitment to public service, civic engagement, and education along with a willingness to become more involved as a leader in the summer learning community.

Stipends will cover meals, housing, transportation, clothing, and leadership coaching.

Summer Leadership Training Institute (July 11-15)

During National Summer Learning Week, NSLA will to host a Leadership Training Institute for one student (preferable a rising ninth grade student/alum) and one staff person/chaperone from each of our award winning partner programs.

The institute will cover all food, travel and lodging costs and offer opportunities to learn, share and model best practices, develop partnerships, leadership and communication skills, meet national education and policy leaders and experts and highlight the life changing impact of summer programs. A nomination and selection process will be administered.

Summer Learning Awards

Each year, NSLA recognizes programs that provide high quality summer learning opportunities to young people in communities across the nation. Program candidates for the Summer Learning Awards demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for low income children and youth between pre-kindergarten and twelfth grade.

The deadline is quickly approaching, please share this opportunity throughout your network. The open application can be found here. Applications must be submitted by January 7, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. E.T.

For additional inquiries, email Leslie Gabay-Swanston.