National Summer Learning Day

Authored by Danielle Latta, SLCO Youth Services Afterschool Program Manager

National Summer Learning Day was celebrated on July 14th in Summer Programs across the nation.  This incentive, led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), highlights the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer.  Research shows that summers without quality learning opportunities put our nation’s youth at risk for falling behind—year after year—in core subjects such as math and reading. The math and reading skills low-income students lose each summer are cumulative, and contribute significantly to the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income kids. Many kinds of high-quality learning opportunities during the summer can make a difference in stemming learning loss, from reading and math to sports, cooking, nature, arts, STEM, and more.  Summer programs also play a critical role in child nutrition, serving as feeding sites for the federal summer meals program. Summer meals ensure that low-income students who rely on subsidized meals during the school year do not go hungry in the summer, and draw students to attend learning and enrichment programs.National Summer Learning Day 2

Youth Services just wrapped up 8 weeks and 3 Summer Programs in Kearns and Magna serving over 150 youth a day. Kearns Jr. High Summer Blast Summer Learning Day National Summer Learning Day 3Event was held on July 19th, 2016. Youth participants were exposed to a wide range of learning opportunities mixed with a lot of fun. Weekly field trips included college campus tours, visits to the pool, museums, hiking parks and much more! Other popular activities included archery, Capoeira, bowling, biking, Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), sports and art.  Instructors from West Valley Capoeira did a demonstration of the Brazilian Martial Arts that student participated in throughout the summer.

Jan Van Der Beek, Kearns Jr. High Coordinator sharing the importance of summer learning to youth and their families. Student from Kearns Jr. Summer Blast Program showing off her talents by singing a beautiful song in celebration of summer learning.

National Summer Learning DaySummer is not over yet, there’s still time for parents and youth alike to take action.  Here are some resources provided by Utah Afterschool Association:

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA): is the only national nonprofit focused on closing the achievement gap by increasing summer learning opportunities for all youth. NSLA offers expertise and support for programs and communities and advocates for summer learning as a solution for equity and excellence in education.
The Crucial Role of Summer and Enrichment: Songwriters might call summer “lazy and “endless,” but education researchers have found it’s a potential danger zone. That’s because many young people lose ground over the summer in terms of reading and other things learned in school. Find out more by You 4 Youth.

  • Tips to keep tweens and teens learning during the summer
  • Tips to keep kids active and healthy during the summer
  • 10 Tips to help you plan for summer learning
  • Summer Matters: 10 Things Every Parent, Teacher, & Principal Should
  • Know About June, July, & August

Readers will be entertained by the quotes and anecdotes, surprised by the facts, and ultimately, encouraged by the knowledge that they can, and should foster learning even when schools are closed. Mixing evidence, stories and expert accounts in a highly readable format, Summers Matter introduces readers to the problem of summer learning loss and provides tips and guidance for parents, teachers and principals. Summers Matter available on

  • Tips to keep tweens and teens learning during the summer
  • Tips to keep kids active and healthy during the summer
  • Summer learning ideas at home and in your community
  • Top 10 “Easy Summer Learning Tips”
  • 10 Tips to help you plan for summer learning

To learn more about our Afterschool Programs please go to call 385-468-4500 and ask for Danielle Latta.

About Carol Hendrycks

As a communication professional I have enjoyed working for profit and non-profit organizations for over 30 years. I came to Youth Services in 2009 to volunteer and never left! It's a terrific blend of taking what I am passionate about i.e. communications and spinning my talents to benefit youth that is a most rewarding career and personal experience.
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