For children in Chicago’s south and west communities, summer can be a time of food insecurity, learning loss, and escalating violence. Families understand the importance of high-quality summer learning programs, but for so many, these programs are financially out of reach. In 2016, the New York Times reported that more than half of families surveyed said they want their children to participate, but they cannot find affordable programs.
Chicago Youth Centers’ (CYC) Summer Enrichment Program bridges the summer learning gap for more than 400 families. At CYC, summer is a season of opportunity. It’s when that math equation finally clicks. It’s when a child learns to swim. It’s when neighborhood boundaries are broken.
In 2016, this program not only prevented summer learning loss in reading and math, but taught new skills. On average, students increased their score on the Math Power Test by 53% and their score on the Informal Reading Inventory by Burns/Roe by 53% by the end of the summer. 100% of children in the CYC swim program advanced at least one American Red Cross Swim level.
Your support for this program is critical. Please consider giving today and ensure that even more children have a safe, enriched summer. Together, we can make summer the season where possibility lives. Click here to give online or contact Kaitlin Newman at email@example.com or (312) 913-1700 x424.