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 or six week programs where K-5 students attend one of the following sites in Forsyth County: Old Town, Speas, Easton, Gibson, Hall Woodward, Kernersville, and Ward 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 certified teachers from the local school and are better prepared for the upcoming school year. Students are provided breakfast, lunch and snack and many of them are joined by their siblings who otherwise may go hungry at meal time.

In Iredell County, the program took place at Third Creek Elementary and included NB Mills, Cloverleaf and East Elementary Schools and served 40 children.

For more information on Forsyth County, please contact Bonita Patton at or 336.727.4849. For Iredell County, please contact or click here for more information.