Saving Lives and Minds (SLAM)-- SUMMER CAMP

by National Organization of Concerned Black Men


The children in CBM's Saving Lives and Minds (SLAM) Academic Performance Program love learning and having fun. Many come from single parent homes with moms who work two jobs to cover basic needs. They stay safe by spending summers and out-of-school time with us. They don't have a safe place to go when school ends, so our program provides a protective and nurturing environment. Our 5-week Summer Camp is free, yet even with our current funds, faces a deficit. Your donation will keep it alive.
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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.


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.

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!


Concerned Black Men National Website
Wallace Foundation Research on Summer Learning
Children's Defense Data on Gun Violence

Organization Information

National Organization of Concerned Black Men

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Kia Chatmon
Development Officer
Washington, DC United States

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