Summer Learning Academies

Every child deserves the opportunity to learn and stay on track academically

The YMCA’s Summer Learning Academies (SLAs) give students from Title-I schools an opportunity to learn and have fun in a structured environment — and help students from falling behind academically during the break from school. The program is focused on fighting what is known as summer learning loss, which can negatively affect students. SLAs help students build confidence and positive relationships. Learning is made fun through hands-on activities, experiments, field trips, and so much more.

  • In June and July of 2019, the YMCA operated nine SLAs, serving more than 500 youth from 13 schools in Forsyth, Iredell, and Wilkes counties.
  • Seventy-six percent (390) of these youth completed the program that includes academic support in reading, math and science, social and emotional learning, family engagement, and cultural and personal development opportunities.
  • Of those 390 students who completed the program, 72 percent maintained or improved their math/science skills, and 79 percent of them improved their reading skills based on pre-and post-assessments.
  • Additionally, SLAs accumulated 845 hours of parental involvement through volunteer opportunities and family workshops.

For more information on Forsyth County, please contact Stacey McElveen at or 336 727 4849. For Iredell County, please click here for more information. For Wilkes County, contact Kim Dalton at