James likes superheroes and graham crackers. He also loves his mom who works two jobs to cover the family's basic needs. He is among the 4 million black children born into poverty. James' doesn't have a safe place to go when school ends. But together we can provide a protective and nurturing environment for him. Our 5-week SLAM Summer Camp is free for kids like James, but costly to produce. Even with subsidies, funding cuts leave us $5000 short. We can't afford to lose James this summer.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
1.4 million black households areas are headed by single mothers who are overwhelmed working multiple jobs for little pay. They live in food insecure households and face summer learning loss. During the summer they must fend for themselves while mom is at work in areas where violence is a concern. The Children's Defense Fund estimates gun violence is the leading cause of death among Black children between the ages of 1 and 19. They need a safe place to learn and grow.
How will this project solve this problem?
SLAM Summer Camp solves this problem by providing a safe and protective environment where children can learn, grow and eat healthy snacks. We offer the summer camp free of charge to children whose parents cannot afford to pay for summer enrichment activities. At camp, children who attend our summer camp engage in fun learning activities, field trips, cultural events and regular fitness under the supervision of caring adults who want to see them succeed.
Potential Long Term Impact
Learning decay amounted to one month of instruction lost by the end of summer, according to a Rand Education study funded by the Wallace Foundation. They discovered that learning loss contributed to the learning gap where low-income students suffered the greatest loss in reading. Summer learning programs impact a child's learning for up to two full years and produce better outcomes than peers who do not attend. We can help kids learn and look forward to a brighter future!
Total Funding Received to Date: $3,130
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $1,870
Total Funding Goal: $5,000