Shared goal(s): Prevent summer learning loss
In Tulsa, 40% of all school year learning loss occurs over the summer. To improve this statistic, The Opportunity Project’s Relate918 initiative along with the support of the national consultant BellXcel, opened the Super Summer pilot. Since this program opened during the COVID-19 pandemic, it had to deviate from what the team had originally planned. Facilitators and Americorps members conducted sessions over Zoom, while other staffers delivered activity kits, meals, and snacks along the bus route and to school pick-up sites.
Web site: theopp.org
Lead organization partners: The Opportunity Project, City Year Tulsa, Discovery Lab, Fab Lab, The Gathering Place, and the Tulsa Zoo, Youth at Heart, and Project Transformation.
Kinds of organization: Advocacy/Intermediary Non-profit Organization, Community-based Non-profit Organization, Direct Service Non-profit Organization, Museum
Participant population: Families, Youth (Ages 5-13 or Grades K-8)
Youth development support targetted: Arts/Crafts/Artistic Expression, Out-of-School Time Academic Enrichment/Extended Learning, Whole Child/Positive Youth Development
Primary funding source: Local Philanthropy, Private Philanthropic Foundation
SUPPORT DETAILS: INITIATIVE, PROGRAM, SERVICE
Timeframe: Summer 2020
Total capacity: 250
Health and safety: Compliance with State/County/City guidance, Physical distancing, Required masks for all--adults and youth--on site
How do you address inequity?
Super Summer programming was tailored to under resourced communities. Because the need for childcare during the pandemic disproportionately came from under resourced communities, Super Summer’s tailoring provided an important community support. Super Summer had the capacity to serve 250 marginalized youth of color. Its programming was rooted in equity through our positive youth development practices which emphasized SEL skills. Super Summer also provided an avenue to distribute food for under resourced students.
The Opportunity Project
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