Summer Learning Academies

We believe every child deserves to learn – regardless of their ability to pay

YMCA Summer Learning Academies (SLAs) give students from Title I schools the opportunity to stay on grade level while having a great time in a structured environment. Statistics show that a large number of children from low-income environments reach kindergarten unprepared and that they continue to fall behind in school without proper interventions.

SLAs are five week programs where K-5 students attend one of five sites and continue their education during the summer. Following lessons developed by a Curriculum Coordinator hired from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system, students are taught by teachers from the local school and are better prepared for the upcoming school year. Students are provided breakfast and lunch and many of them are joined by their siblings who otherwise may go hungry at meal time. For more information, please contact Bonita Patton at or 336.727.4849.