United Way of Delaware (UWDE) and a host of agencies once again are continuing to focus on positively maximizing Summer for Delaware’s youth; particularly those from low income families in high needs communities.
Summer Reading Success (#MakeSummerSmarter) is a collaboration focused on reducing the "summer slide” or learning loss that happens during the summer, predominantly among low-income children. Children who participate in enriching activities are more likely to retain or increase their reading levels. 86% of students participating in 2015 maintained or increased their reading levels.
This collaboration is being delivered in partnership with the Summer Learning Collab, Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware, community based organizations, school districts and many others to impact and reduce summer learning loss for future educational success.
The 4 key goals are to:
Agencies supported through this initiative include Boys and Girls Clubs across Delaware (Fraim, East Side Charter School, Shortlidge Academy, H. Fletcher Brown and Western Sussex), Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center, Kingswood Community Center, the Latin American Community Center, Neighborhood House, Urban Promise, the Walnut Street YMCA and West End Neighborhood House.
All of the sites will be participating in a reading intervention approach to improve literacy gains through Reading Is Fundamental (RIF). Staff will receive professional development trainings and guidance through various resources to enhance program outcomes.
HELPING STUDENTS DEVELOP TOOLS AND SKILLS THROUGH SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT
Additionally, (UWDE) continues its focus on empowering youth through its’ Summer Youth Employment Partnership (SYEP). It is a collaborative effort supported with and powered by the resources of the Treasury Department of Delaware, Strive Leadership, Public Allies, The Delaware Department of Education, Colonial School District, New Castle County Vo - Tech School District, New Castle County government and the City of Wilmington.
SYEP links Delaware schools, employers, community-based organizations and state agencies in partnerships that make it easier for youth to connect to school-based career pathways with related summer employment to gain first hand knowledge of the work place, while developing career and college readiness skills. Youth participants receive two weeks of training that covers financial literacy, soft skill development, asset development and other crucial skills necessary to increase their competency while also addressing employer needs.
"This is a great opportunity to equip our youth with the tools and skills they need to realize their full potential.” said Orrin White, Manager of Community Engagement at United Way of Delaware.
We all remember having to start "somewhere.” United Way of Delaware puts energy and resources towards building pathways to college and career readiness for Delaware students. These initiatives place a student on a trajectory towards success and strengthen the workforce in communities throughout the state.