YMCA Power Scholars Academy™ is a partnership between the Y and the national nonprofit BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life). It increases students’ academic success and boosts self-confidence, while also engaging families in the education process. This six-week, full-day summer learning experience combines small group, rigorous academic instruction with fun, hands-on enrichment activities, field trips, and service projects. It is designed to help students gain new academic skills, strengthen their literacy and math skills, and stay on track so they can enter school in the fall ready to succeed. Instruction is led by certified teachers and supported by teaching assistants.
“Summer learning loss can be devastating to a child,” commented Andrea Eliot, Child Care and Camp Branch Director for the Greater Wichita YMCA. “When they fall behind, they struggle, lose confidence and can stop trying to learn. We try to foster their curiosity to create a love of learning. We hear the stories every year. This kid was struggling in school. That kid was heading down a bad path, until something changed them at one of the Y’s summer programs.”