Central New York

Syracuse Nonprofit is Working to Stop Summer Learning Loss

One of the four Boys and Girls clubs in Syracuse © 2018 Michelle Houston

Audio transcript: Summer Learning Loss

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By Michelle Houston Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News)— Most students look forward to having a break from school in the summer. The U.S Department of Education says the long vacation can lead to a learning loss.

Summer learning loss happens when kids neglect their academic skills during break. Oxford Learning says students lose two months of reading skills in the summer, on average.

The Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse offers a summer program that helps students to focus on academics. Program Development Manager Jeff Eysaman says the activities helps students to learn in different ways.

“So if we can play a game of basketball and add some math in there or we can play a game of horse but switch the words up so they’re spelling the word right,” Eysaman said.

Eysaman explains that students are split into two age groups. One group ranges from ages 5 to 8 years old and the other ranges from 9 to 12 years old.

The program focuses on academics for an hour. Within that hour, students spend 20 minutes at three different stations. The stations cover subjects such as reading, writing, mathematics and other topics.

Eysaman says he wants students to continue using their academic skills.

“It’s really just about giving them a space to practice and maybe to make mistakes and help grow through some of their struggles and walk into school in the fall with more confidence,” Eysaman said.

The Boys and Girls Club says it serves more than 1,000 youth at its four locations.