The 2022 Summer Learning Award application is open.

NSLA knows last year was an exceptionally challenging season for summer learning programs, yet we want to acknowledge the many programs that pivoted during the crisis and found innovative ways to keep kids learning, safe and healthy.

Each year, the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) recognizes the outstanding work done during the summer months on behalf of our nation’s youth. Candidates for the Summer Learning Awards are exceptional summer programs, models, and systems that keep children and youth learning, safe and healthy during the critical summer months. They show strong outcomes in helping students cement the skills they have learned during the academic school year through creative curricula, unique programming, and effective family engagement strategies.

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There are three categories of Summer Learning Awards for 2022:

Summer STEAM Award
NSLA is pleased to announce the inaugural Summer STEAM award, presented by Big Brain Academy™: Brain vs. Brain for the Nintendo Switch™.

New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award:
Since 2005, the New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award, defined by its rigorous application and selection process, has recognized enrollment-based programs employing staff who work directly with supporting underserved youth.

NSLA Founder’s Award:
Established in 2015, this award recognizes informal programs and other non-traditional forms of summer learning innovation that are critical to serving the diverse needs of schools, families, and children.

Each award-winning program receives:

  • A $10,000 donation, supported by the New York Life Foundation;
  • National recognition at NSLA’s Summer Changes Everything™ annual conference;
  • An official award seal for use on their website and in program publications;
  • Connection to a network of award-winning leaders in the field and NSLA’s professional development opportunities; and
  • Visibility through national and local media outreach, along with acknowledgment from their local elected officials.

2021 Summer Learning Awards Timeline:

  • Round 1 application opens – November 17, 2022
  • Deadline for Round 1 application – January 7, 2022, by 6 p.m. ET
  • Semi-finalists notified – Late February 2022
  • Finalists notified – Late April 2022
  • Finalists’ site visits – Summer 2022
  • Winners announced – August 2022

Dates are subject to change.

2021 Summer Learning Award Winners