YouthQuest recruits students to help stop summer slide

YouthQuest recruits students to help stop summer slide
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Some call it “summer slide,” the decline in learning that occurs during sunny, carefree weeks between June and September when most students are out of school.

While some parents and teachers encourage independent reading or enrichment programs that keep youth engaged, academic research suggests more educational strengthening is important. YouthQuest, an initiative administered by the Genesee Area Focus Fund, is enrolling students for its summer learning series, designed to keep youth from suffering boredom and strengthen them for the coming school year.

They can alleviate some of that boredom and learn a skill while learning how to make pizza at the Genesee Career Institute as show above.

“Many students experience learning loss during the summer, especially when it comes to reading and math,” says Cheryl Adkins, YouthQuest’s program director. “One way to mitigate this ‘summer slide’ is to engage youth with fun activities that incorporate hands-on and experiential learning.”

Supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and 21st Century Community Learning Centers, YouthQuest’s summer program offers activities and initiatives that include STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), and promote physical fitness, leadership and volunteering.

Career-readiness activities and fun days at water parks are all part of the offerings of YouthQuest’s summer program, which is now enrolling students.

Special emphasis on building literacy by exploring daily reading time and related efforts will be part of this summer’s program.

Elementary students can attend YouthQuest Monday through Thursday at the following locations:

  • Carman-Ainsworth School District (grades K-5) at Randels Elementary – 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18-Aug. 2, excluding July 2-5. Students from Dillon, Dye and Rankin elementary schools may also attend.
  • Flint Community Schools (Grades K-6) at Brownell STEM Academy, Doyle-Ryder, Durant Tuuri-Mott, Eisenhower, Holmes STEM Academy, Neithercut, Pierce and Potter elementary schools – 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9-Aug. 9.
  • International Academy of Flint (Grades K-6) – noon to 4:30 p.m. July 9-Aug. 9

Middle and high school students can explore YouthQuest’s “Summer on the Road,” which allows them to travel Michigan experiencing events and activities that promote college and career readiness.

Along with water park visits and movies, students will learn about financial literacy and visit locations like Baker College of Flint and Genesee Career Institute, concluding with a trip to Toronto, Canada.

Summer on the Road will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 25 through Aug. 3 at Flint Southwestern Academy, but there will be no program June 29, July 4-6 or July 27.

For information about how to register and enroll visit the website www.yquest.org.

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