Friday, June 19th is National Summer Learning Day, a day of advocacy sponsored by The National Summer Learning Association dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of year round learning opportunities to the healthy development and academic success of all youth.
Summertime is a crossroads for students, and an ideal time for personal growth. Without proper opportunities however, summer all too often becomes a period of stagnation or backsliding. Farther Foundation provides opportunities for students to travel worldwide and interact with individuals who have diverse backgrounds and experiences. They participate in programs which enable them to become immersed in new cultures and experiences, learn and develop skills, provide service, cultivate leadership potential and attain personal growth.
Research reports from the National Summer Learning Association indicate that:
- All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.
- Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains.
- More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college.
- Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do.
Alumni from Farther Foundation programs who have participated in cultural and language immersion programs abroad or spent the summer studying on college campuses across the country have benefited greatly. Our students graduate high school, attend college and continue on to achieve a degree at rates that far exceed their peers. Visit our website to learn more about our students, our programs and our mission.