Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

A message from our CEO

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on June 14, 2016

“Deprived of healthy stimulation, millions of low-income kids lose significant amounts of what they learn during the school year.”

Children with access to quality experiences keep exercising their minds and bodies at camp, on family vacations, in museums and libraries and enrichment classes.”

“By the end of grammar school, low-income students had fallen nearly three grade levels behind, and summer was the biggest culprit….”

-Excerpts from Time Magazine article “The Case Against Summer Vacation” July 22, 2010.



For far too many young people, summer is a three-month vacation from learning. This often means trouble when young people return to school in the fall. Research consistently shows that when youth take a holiday from learning during the summer months, they lose valuable academic ground.

Sociologists also have determined that family income is a powerful predictor for how much learning loss students experience during the summer months. While low-income students experience more than two months of loss in reading comprehension and word recognition, middle-income students actually experience slight gains in reading performance over the summer months. When reading and math performance are combined, children from low-income families lose over three times as much learning as their peers from middle-income families during the summer months.

On average, low-income elementary school students experience the greatest summer learning losses. Studies also show that such losses are cumulative each year. By the end of fifth grade, summer learning differences result in low-income children falling more than two years behind their middle-income peers in verbal achievement and more than one year behind in math achievement. The cumulative effect of summer learning differences is a primary cause of widening achievement gaps between students of higher and lower income levels.


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme plays a powerful role in making summer a time for learning and developmental gains for youth, especially those who need us most! Our Clubs implement a summer program at that gives young people meaningful opportunities to practice reading, mathematics, STEM and creative arts skills on a daily basis. A centerpiece of the summer program involves implementation of high-yield learning activities (HYLAs) throughout the Club. HYLAs are fun Club activities that help young people apply in a practical way what they learn in the classroom..


With a passion for kids,


Erin Reardon Antrim


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