East African Community Services (EACS) has partnered with the Coalition for Refugees from Burma (CRB) to offer a 5 week Summer Learning Program (SLP) for Seattle elementary-aged youth. The program will take place on the NewHolly Campus, where most of the program participants live. The Program will serve approximately 75 low-income immigrant/refugee youth.
The collaboration between EACS and CRB has grown out of the struggle for educational equity and access to opportunities. As partners with a common mission of honoring cultural heritage and building community, our goal is to provide an inexpensive yet high-quality education and enrichment program for students who might otherwise not have access to such an opportunity.
The goals of the Summer Learning Program are to decrease summer learning loss while providing a fun, healthy, and safe environment for students. The SLP provides a fun environment where students can build their academic and life skills. The program focuses on creating well-rounded youth who are well-equipped to live and thrive in the 21st Century. Through themed days and weeks, youth build collaboration skills, increase their fluency in information technology, and improve their understanding of their civic and social responsibilities. The program will also encourage youth to build a healthy, multi-cultural mindset by introducing them to different cultures while encouraging them to preserve their diverse cultural heritages.
Summer Learning Program Goals:
- Provide a fun, safe environment for students to play and learn together
- Ensure students retain or increase what they learned from the last school year, and that they are fully prepared to being school in the fall
- Improve students’ STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Language Arts, and Math) skills
- Build students’ 21st Century skills by cultivating their creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
- Improve students’ physical fitness and their understanding of nutritious food and overall health