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YMCA camp tackles summer learning loss

Summer may be thought of as a time to give kids a break from school, but that does not mean their development stops. Students are at risk for learning loss over the summer. Children from low-income families often without the same summer developme...

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To support all kids, the Brainerd Family YMCA Summer Day Camp is adding new upgrades to programming for the summer of 2018. Submitted photo

Summer may be thought of as a time to give kids a break from school, but that does not mean their development stops.

Students are at risk for learning loss over the summer. Children from low-income families often without the same summer development opportunities compared to higher-income families lose ground exacerbating the achievement gap, according to Rand Corporation and Wallace Foundation research.

To support all kids, the Brainerd Family YMCA Summer Day Camp is adding new

upgrades to programming for the summer of 2018. The Y has partnered with Central Lakes

College, Brainerd Public Schools, and Consolidated Telecommunications Co. to begin offering science, technology, engineering and mathematics programming (STEM).

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Campers will work on robotics, computer programming and coding, and even take virtual trips through new science kits. Emphasis will also be placed on social-emotional learning competencies such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, personal responsibility, decision-making, goal-directed behavior and optimistic thinking.

Another enhancement to the 2018 summer program will be new training for Camp Counselors.

This year facilitators with Crow Wing Energized will be empowering and training Camp Counselors on the Adverse Childhood Experiences model to help them understand the impact of ACEs in our community.

"Research shows that building resilience in individuals, relationships, and communities is a powerful solution to helping develop strong and confident youth, which is a key outcome for YMCA youth programs," said Shane Riffle, YMCA CEO in Brainerd. "Programs like the YMCA Day Camp help ensure that all kids, regardless of family income or where they live, can reach their full potential and get ahead during summer months instead of falling behind."

The Y is the nation's leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities to support a holistic approach for youth educational opportunities.

The Y invests in out-of-school time and summer programs that have positive, lasting effects on youth academic success through implementing evidence-based and informed practices that reduce persistent disparities in academic achievement among youths.

Summer Day Camp is open for registration at the Brainerd Family YMCA. For more information, contact Zac Johnson, youth program director, at 218-454-2558 or zjohnson@blymca.org .

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