Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

A message from our CEO/ President, Erin Antrim

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on May 27, 2015

For sixty years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme has been at the forefront of youth development. We work with over 9,000 young people a year that other youth-serving organizations have struggled to reach. Going forward, we are dedicated to ensuring that all of our community’s young people have greater access to quality programs that will help them shape great futures.

 

One type of program that is desperately needed in our community is summer programming with a strong academic component. Numerous studies show that most youth lose about two months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Studies also show that low income youth also lose more than two months in reading achievement. As a matter of fact, two-thirds of the ninth grade reading achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their more advantaged peers can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years.

 

To address this need, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has developed and tested a new program called Summer Brain Gain. Summer Brain Gain adds engaging, educational activities to the typical summer camp experience and is for youth ages 6 to 18. While the average low-income U.S. student lost at least two months of learning last summer, the average Summer Brain Gain participant did not experience learning loss. Moreover, some Club members actually experienced gains in learning – especially in vital 21st century skills, like collaboration and critical thinking. This is very encouraging, given that most youth experience significant summer learning loss.

 

We need the communities’ support to continue to launch quality programs and to provide educationally enriching summer opportunities for our kids who need it most! We are looking forward to a great summer at BGCOP!

 

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