Summer program will help students from disadvantaged communities emotionally recover from COVID-19 and prevent summer slips

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Camps, schools and advocates are teaming up to offer underprivileged middle school students a week of summer camp that will help them address their emotional well-being and pandemic-caused academic losses over the past few years. last two years.

Through collaboration with the American Camp Association (ACA), the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), and the New York Life Foundation, middle school students will have the opportunity to learn social, emotional, and non-cognitive skills through a camp experience, which will help set them on the right track for the school year ahead. The partnerships are rolling out to 10 summer camps in seven states in 2022, with plans to double the number of camps and participants in 2023.

The 10 participating camps each received $25,000 in Program Grants, which will allow students from partner schools to attend accredited summer camps for a week. Summer camps focus on the socio-emotional well-being of children and provide them with the opportunity to learn essential life skills such as problem solving, leadership and communication in a safe environment. Intentional summer learning programs such as camps help stem summer learning loss and prepare students for a successful upcoming school year.

“The need for learning and enrichment opportunities during the summer has never been greater,” said Aaron Dworkin, CEO, NSLA. “Helping young people have the unique experience of camp with their classmates and teachers promises to engage them and ease the transition back to school.”

Summer camp experiences are essential to the education and development of the whole child,” said Tom Rosenberg, President and CEO, ACA. “These school-camp partnership programs will provide students with crucial opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, fill summer learning gaps, take positive risks and try new things. and it will help prepare them for greater academic success in the new school year.”

“Children, especially young adolescents, continue to struggle with the negative effects of the pandemic on their wellbeing and academic learning. These camp-school partnerships will provide thousands of high school students with important emotional and social supports that create a strong foundation for academic learning. growth when the school year resumes,” said Marlyn Torres, Senior Program Officer, New York Life Foundation. “This initiative aligns strongly with the Foundation’s education improvement goal to support middle school students during critical hours outside of school.”

The school-camp partnership is another initiative as part of efforts by national, state and local organizations to increase summer learning opportunities, as encouraged by the US Secretary of Education. Miguel Cardona during the Discover Summer campaign: “Summer learning programs have always been important to our students, but over the past two years they have become essential. Quality summer learning and enrichment programs are key to recovering from the pandemic.

Camps participating in the camp-school partnership include:

  • Camp Echo Lake (Warrensburg, New York)
  • Camp twin lakes (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Frost Valley YMCA (Claryville, New York)
  • Change summer (New York, NY)
  • Hale Education (Westwood, MA)
  • Trail Blazers (Montague, New Jersey)
  • Mo Ranch (Hunting, TX)
  • Guided discoveries (San Juan Capistrano, California)
  • BGCSF-Camp Mendocino (Fort Bragg, California)
  • BGCM-Whitcomb-Mason (Hartland, Wis.)

For more information on this camp-school partnership, please contact [email protected].

About the American Camp Association

The American Camp Association® (ACA) is a national organization serving more than 15,000 summer and summer camps in the United States that host 26 million campers annually. ACA is committed to working with those who believe in quality camp and outdoor experiences for children, youth and adults. ACA provides advocacy services, evidence-based education and professional development, and is the only independent national accrediting body for the organized camp experience. ACA accreditation provides public proof of a camp’s voluntary commitment to the health, safety, risk management and general well-being of campers and staff. For more information, visit or call 800-428-2267.

About the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA)

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is the only national nonprofit organization exclusively focused on closing the achievement and opportunity gaps by increasing access to high-quality summer learning opportunities. The NSLA recognizes and disseminates what works in summer learning, develops and delivers community capacity building offerings, and convenes and empowers key players to embrace summer learning as a solution for equity and sustainability. excellence in education. For more information, visit

About the New York Life Foundation

Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its inception in 1979, provided more than $390 million in charitable contributions to national and local non-profit organizations. The Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, including in the areas of improving education, childhood bereavement, and social justice. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates community involvement by New York Life employees and agents through its Volunteers for Good program and the Grief-Sensitive Schools initiative. For more information, visit

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