2018 SAIL Programs

In 2018, The SAIL partnership awarded 44 grants to schools and non-profits in the state of Alabama. To find a summer learning location for a child in your life, see below.

In the Birmingham area:

Traditional Day Camps:

Birmingham Summer Institute: CAMP (College Admissions Made Possible)

The Birmingham Summer Institute (BSI) is an 8 week, full-day program that works rigorously to reverse summer learning loss among rising 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Students will engage in over 80 hours of creative and intensive math and reading instruction. Our goal is for students to enter school in the fall at least 4 months ahead of where they were at the beginning of the summer in both math and reading. In addition, BSI has a social and emotional learning component that will positively support students’ academic success. Students will learn strategies for goal setting, impulse control, conflict resolution, and effective interpersonal engagement. As hard as students work, they will also play hard. BSI will alternate a wide variety of physical-fitness activities between each academic block, every day. Over the summer, students will grow in physical stamina, skill, and confidence. BSI students will also explore, each day, a wide variety of enrichment activities like chess, fencing, and roller coaster building. Friday field trips will finish out the program. We will take students to places as rich and diverse as the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum and the Birmingham Museum of Art. BSI students will begin the new school year reading and math ready with a wealth of fun and meaningful summer experiences.

Contact: College Admissions Made Possible – teads@campcollege.org

Brain Forest Summer Learning Program of the Montgomery Education Foundation

In partnership with the Birmingham City Schools.

This five-week program for 4th, 5th and 6th grade students provides 80 hours of instruction in hands-on project based learning environment focused on reading and math skills. Instruction is provided by certified teachers in the mornings while afternoons consist of recreational and enrichment activities. In addition, professional development program provided weekly for all teachers.

Camp Bethel: Bethel Baptist Church

Camp Bethel is a summer camp designed to Empower & Influence our children in education ( Math/ Reading/ Social) and spiritually.

Project Learn: Boys and Girls Club of Central Alabama

  • Project Learn will take place in four sites – Hueytown, Clay Chalkville, Pell City, and Brookside.  The program at these Clubs will focus on a total of  100 children rising into the 3rd-5th grades.  For academic activities, these children will be clustered into groups of approximately 12 children. Each week volunteers will come into the Clubs to read books with the children.  Additionally, these children will have enrichment opportunities at the Clubs and on field trips as well as the opportunity to spend an hour each day working in our hands on STEM Labs.

Camp Fletcher: Camp Fire USA Central Alabama Council

  • Established in 1926 (YES 1926 — we’re over 90 years old!), Camp Fletcher offers a wide variety of programs for campers in grades 1-12. Our beautiful 300-acre site in McCalla, Alabama features beautiful woodlands, trails and access to shades creek. These outdoor spaces are ideal settings for programs based on the Camp Fire philosophy: an emphasis on the small group, individual attention, acceptance of differences and a loosely-structured child-centered approach. Programs focus on appreciation of the out-of-doors, democratic group living, non-competitive sports and games, skill development, concern for others, fun and friendship. Every week is an adventure! No matter a camper’s age or program choice.

Girls Incorporated of Central Alabama

  • At Girls Inc., we offer affordable, high quality programs. With a focus on education and empowerment, our innovative programs help girls confront societal pressures and prepare them to lead successful, independent lives. Structured to augment what a girl should know socially and academically, each program offers innovative and experiential approaches to learning and also focuses on reading and math for rising 3rd through 5th grade girls.
  • Programming is mission driven and focuses on the following Girls Inc. National outcome objectives also known as the Girls Inc. Experience:  1. Healthy Living – Program activities and experiences (nutrition, culinary arts, sports, recreation and health education) that provide girls with the knowledge, skills and encouragement to develop and sustain a healthy lifestyle; 2. SMART – Program activities and experiences (reading and comprehension, creative writing, spelling, math, science and technology) that expand on and support girls’ school-based learning; and 3. Life Skills Instruction – Program activities and experiences (communication skills, goal setting, decision-making, conflict resolution, drug awareness, safety education and community involvement) that build skills and behaviors that enable them to function independently and live a productive and fulfilling life.

    Girls who participate in Girls Inc.’s Summer Programs are highly productive. They receive daily academic and life skills reinforcement to better prepare them for school.

Summer Advantage USA (in partnership with the Birmingham Board of Education)

  • During this five week program, student scholars participate in research- and standards-based instruction in literacy and math in the morning; engage in afternoon enrichment classes ranging from STEM to art to physical fitness. On Fun Fridays, scholars engage deeply with the community through activities like guest speakers, field trips, workplace tours, college campus visits, and scholar-led community service projects.

S.P.R.OUT Garden Summer Program at Tarrant City Schools

The S.P.R.OUT Garden Summer Program will blend tutoring curriculum and hands-on learning opportunities for 60 rising 3rd through 6th grade students from Tarrant Intermediate School. S.P.R.OUT will use the Bell Foundation’s Power Scholars curriculum, developed for Bell by Scholastic, for reading and math instruction. Certified teachers will lead groups of up to 15 students through the curriculum. Enrichment activities will incorporate the community garden located on campus.

Faith-based programs:

Active Learning Day Camp at Nichols Temple AME Church & Washington K-8 School

If you ask students why they enjoy an activity, you’ll probably hear them say, “It’s fun.”  We believe if you make learning fun students will want to learn.  We develop activities that will help students learn and have an enjoyable experience. For ages 4 and up.

Contact: Rev. PW Jones (pwjones12@gmail.com)

Camp Lift at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church

  • To provide every child an environment of love and to encourage them to reach a level of excellence in reading, science, math, and technological skills .The program will also include physical fitness and cultural enrichment.  All classes are taught by Certified Educators.  At Camp Lift we believe in nurturing our children for success.  We have fun, games, swimming, sports, field games, field trips and other activities.Contact: Mrs. Mary Hammonds (hammondsma@bellsouth.net)

Children’s Fresh Air Farm

  • The Children’s Fresh Air Farm, a ministry of Independent Presbyterian Church since 1923, covers 36 acres with class and meeting space, a dining hall, a chapel, a gym, a swimming pool, gardens, a pavilion, playgrounds, ball fields, and hiking trails.  The summer learning program has been the primary ministry of the Farm since 2010.The program serves third, fourth, and fifth grade students who attend Hayes K-8 and are alumni of our STAIR program. Eighty children attend the six week program.  They receive daily classroom instruction from certified teachers and a variety of enrichment activities designed to encourage interest and to supplement learning.  These activities include Chapel, swimming, physical education, gardening, music, science, and art. On Fridays the students take educational field trips.
  • The program addresses other challenges faced by disadvantaged children, including nutritional deficiencies, physical safety, and low self-esteem.  In addition to hiring certified teachers and other high quality personnel, we provide all curriculum and books, testing, transportation, enrichment, field trips, swim suits and food free of charge.  Each child is given school supplies, shoes, and uniforms for their return to school in the fall.

Fresh Start Family Solutions Summer Enrichment Camp

  • Fresh Start Summer Enrichment Camp is a comprehensive summer guidance program in which we try to develop the entire child academically,physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Our four main point of emphasis are academics, social skills, creative arts, and social learning field trips. Our age group goes from 5 to 14 years old.

Urban Kids: Urban Ministry

  •  Admission to this program is based on corroborating referrals from classroom teachers, school counselors and/or school principals to identify strategic students in need of an academic boost who have the academic skills,  social skills and family support to successful complete the program. Urban Kids will partner with Better Basics to provide hands on academic instruction in a structured learning environment with themes to provide the basis for an engaging and enriched learning experience. Students develop personal leadership  through active participation in the formative assessment process.

Summer Brain Gain at the Pelham YMCA: YMCA of Greater Birmingham Pelham Branch

The Pelham YMCA offers SAIL program to all children and families wanting to continue their education and learning throughout the summer.

In an attempt to stop the “summer slide” and increase students’ reading and math skills, Better Basics, Inc. partners with other non-profit organizations in Jefferson and Shelby Counties, by providing the  six-week academic portion of summer camp for low-income students called Summer Brain Gain.  Certified teachers work with small groups of third, fourth, and fifth graders in need of intervention in a fun, yet challenging camp-like setting. We provide three hours daily in reading and math, STEM and other enrichment activities and also give students books each week to take home.  Our non-profit partners broaden students horizons by providing lunch, field trips, and physical activities.  By following the guidelines of the National Summer Learning Association, we insure that students have access to high-quality summer learning experiences to help them succeed in life.

Thinkers Summer Learning Program YMCA Alabaster

  • The Alabaster and Pelham YMCA will partner with Better Basics to offer a 6-week program to 60 rising third, fourth, and fifth grade students at risk of summer learning loss. Learning themes will include Fiesta, Time Travel, and Asian Adventure.   On Fridays, students will take a field trip and participate in other enrichment activities that will correlate to the theme and materials learned in the classroom.

YMCA Power Scholars Academy – Alabaster

At Power Scholars Academy™, scholars are preparing to succeed with special instruction and enrichment activities designed to keep them safe, healthy, and learning all summer long. Power Scholars Academy is part of a national initiative by Y-USA and BELL — Building Educated Leaders for Life. The program is based on BELL’s evidence-based summer learning model, and delivered in partnership Ys throughout the country, including the YMCA of Greater Birmingham. The program is one of the many ways the Y “hops the gap” in the resources available to scholars in underserved communities to help them learn, grow, and thrive.

YMCA Shades Valley/YMCA Downtown Youth Center/YMCA Northeast

  • The Shades Valley YMCA, the Northeast YMCA and the YMCA Youth Center are partnering with Better Basics and Inglenook School to offer a 6 week Summer Learning Program for rising 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. Students participate in the academic portion of the day from 9a.m. to 12 noon and then return to their YMCA for Day Camp enrichment activities until 6p.m. This program is designed for those students needing extra support in Reading and Mathematics. Our goal is to eliminate the Summer Learning loss that so many of our youth experience each summer.

The Springboard Enrichment Program at Zion Spring Baptist Church

  • The Springboard Enrichment Center was designed to help the children in the community get assistance with improving his or her reading and math skills. The Springboard also offers opportunities for children to use creative expression and experience hands-on activities to enhance their learning.

 

Sports-focused programs:

Lacrosse:

Neighborhood Academy, Inc.

  • Neighborhood Academy is a non-profit organization with a twin focus on academic and life skill development. Our students will learn that a strong academic background is a requirement needed, not only to succeed in this world, but to make it a better place. We also introduce the students to the sport of lacrosse. Neighborhood Academy is free. Regular attendance is required.Contact: Tom Lewis (lewist@msn.com)

Multi-sport:

Camp BASIC: American Baseball Foundation

  • BASIC is a program that redresses summer learning loss among under-served children.  Its unique methodology, rotating the students from an academic station to a sports-skill station every fifty minutes for 6.5 hours per day, sets it apart as it does not resemble normal school.  Offering academics in reading and math all related to sports, it motivates students to engage constantly as they study biographies of sports heroes from Wilma Rudolph to Jackie Robinson and also they complete math problems related to sports themes.  BASIC is fun!

For middle school students:

UHope Success Academy of the Urban Hope Development

  • UHope Success Academy is a fun Summer Learning Camp for rising 6th, 7th & 8th grade students in the Fairfield City Schools.  Students focus on math & language arts, while also going on weekly fun field trips.  Additionally, students learn new skills for success as well as leadership development.Contact: Sandra Hardy (shardy0228@gmail.com)

 

Exceptional Learners:

Deaf Learning Project at the Shelby County Schools Education Foundation

The Deaf Learning Project (DLP) is a summer program setup to meet the needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. The DLP has three areas of focus: literacy, life skills and family connections. The literacy component will focus on improving deaf students’ literacy skills using a bi-modal language teaching method. ASL and English skills will be taught. The life skills component will focus on self- advocacy, interpersonal skills, and work readiness. Students will engage in situation-based learning, mock scenarios and real life applications within the community. The family component will provide resources, language support and a family camp to connect the family, providing the structure necessary for the student to thrive.

Sponsored by the Cero Foundation, this program is open to students from all areas of central Alabama.

 

Some SAIL Programs are open only to those students currently enrolled in their programs or school. These include:

Breakthrough Birmingham

  • Breakthrough Birmingham is a tuition-free, three-summer academic- acceleration program for motivated middle school students in Birmingham City Schools. Students participate in six weeks of rigorous instruction focused on math, science, literacy, and non-cognitive skills each year. Students also participate in college and career exploration, cultural enrichment, and leadership development. In 2018, Breakthrough Birmingham will serve 150 rising seventh, eighth, and ninth graders from the Birmingham City Schools. Students will receive instruction and mentoring from 28 successful, current college students from universities across Alabama and the United States supervised by experienced Instructional Coaches. By having college students serve as Teaching Fellows, Breakthrough is able to create, nature, and support mentoring relationships between motivated young adults and middle school students.

Summer Learning Program at Grace House Ministries, Inc.

Our 2018 Summer Learning program is intended to both inspire a love of learning and to prevent summer learning loss in our girls through focusing on 5 topic areas: 1) targeted academic remediation; 2) fine arts learning opportunities; 3) physical education activities 4) a hands-on Farm to Table project; 5) active learning field trips as part of a Civil Rights Trail Tour. The academic curriculum will focus on remediation in reading and math and will continue for the entire 6 weeks of the program. Physical education activities, including twice weekly swimming lessons, and fine arts learning opportunities, including sessions with the Dance Foundation, will also continue for the duration of the program

IMPACT Mentoring Summer Learning Program: IMPACT Family Counseling

What is it: IMPACT Mentoring will provide a 6-week Summer Learning Session for 25 rising 3rd, 4th & 5th graders from several Birmingham Area Schools. The program will run 5 days per week (Monday – Friday), 7am – 4pm including pickup & drop off service provided by IMPACT. IMPACT will provide certified teachers to instruct students in reading & math intervention. Students will receive 1.5 hrs of reading & 1.5 hrs of math intervention daily including tailored lessons and independent reading. Snacks & lunches will be provided by IMPACT as well as support staff for teachers to assist with instruction as directed & ensure students are behaving appropriately & staying on task. Each afternoon, IMPACT staff will provide enrichment activities that include, but are not limited to, speakers and academic projects, various activities, games & field trips.
Why do we do it: Within two weeks of camp start date, all students will be tested and assessed for Math and Reading levels through the STAR online program to allow for our teachers to determine where to begin with student instruction. Students will receive instruction daily and will again be tested and assessed to determine their growth in those areas. Our goal is to help the students prevent the summer slide and retain as well as gain information throughout the summer. IMPACT Mentoring expects to see all 25 students in the summer program to show improvement by a margin of at least .25 of the original grade level tested.
Our Objective To provide every child an environment of love and to encourage them to reach a level of excellence in reading, science, math, and technological skills .The program will also include physical fitness and cultural enrichment. All classes are taught by Certified Educators. At Camp Lift we believe in nurturing our children for success. We have fun, games, swimming, sports, field games, field trips and other activities.

Restoration Academy Summer Enrichment Program

  • Our 6-week program hosts rising 2nd through 9th graders who ended the school year failing or deficient in reading and math. Teachers recommend most of our enrollment, but parents may also request their child’s participation. Meeting 8 am-3 pm Monday through Friday, our days include a morning academic portion and an afternoon enrichment portion. Enrichment activities include field trips (Birmingham Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Red Mountain Park, Southern Environmental Center, McWane Center, etc.), gym camps hosted by local youth groups and ministries, and engaging, special events offered by local providers. We end the program with a special performance by each class and an acknowledgment of each student’s unique accomplishment.

Summer Enrichment Program YWCA Central Alabama

  • The YWCA’s After-School Enrichment Program (ASEP) and KIDS (Kids in Distress) Korner offer a summer learning component for children living in area homeless shelters and transitional housing programs. The YW program offers services for early learners, elementary school and middle school children. The preschool component includes activities that enhance school readiness and are part of our nationally-accredited program. The summer program offers education and enrichment opportunities provided by certified teachers and qualified vendors.

Other grantees:

Better Basics 30-A-Day Program

  • “30 A Day” is a reading program designed to combat the summer learning loss. Through the book club approach to summer reading, participants will independently read and discuss the reading in small groups, while being guided by reader response principles in accordance with current comprehension research. Better Basics will provide professional development,  training materials, monitoring and oversight throughout the summer in an effort to maximize results for participants.

Summer Brain Gain: Better Basics, Inc.

In an attempt to stop the “summer slide” and increase students’ reading and math skills, Better Basics, Inc. partners with other non-profit organizations in Jefferson and Shelby Counties, by providing the  six-week academic portion of summer camp for low-income students called Summer Brain Gain.  Certified teachers work with small groups of third, fourth, and fifth graders in need of intervention in a fun, yet challenging camp-like setting. We provide three hours daily in reading and math, STEM and other enrichment activities and also give students books each week to take home.  Our non-profit partners broaden students horizons by providing lunch, field trips, and physical activities.  By following the guidelines of the National Summer Learning Association, we insure that students have access to high-quality summer learning experiences to help them succeed in life.

Contact: skennemer@betterbasics.org

 

 

Blount County, Alabama:

DreamCatchers with Blount County Education Foundation

Susan Moore Dreamcatchers provides a daily program for six weeks to allow students to connect with learning in the summer. The sessions include: reading, math, library/literacy/healthy living, art, music, STEM Lab, drama, and more! Breakfast and lunch are served each day as a part of the program.

Randolph  County, Alabama:

The College Dream Team Program (TCDTP)

The College Dream Team Program (TCDTP) summer program’s expected outcomes include collaborating with other schools, organizations, businesses, and community members in providing needed services for 60 5th-7th grade at-risk students through services that focus on enrichment programs that boost reading and math scores, stops the summer slide, helps close the achievement gap for low-income children, and provides educational trips to local colleges, businesses, and factories.

Contact: Roanoke City Schools (lcrim@roanokecityschools.org)

Walker County, Alabama:

Power Scholars Academy – Walker County

At Power Scholars Academy™, scholars are preparing to succeed with special instruction and enrichment activities designed to keep them safe, healthy, and learning all summer long. Power Scholars Academy is part of a national initiative by Y-USA and BELL — Building Educated Leaders for Life. The program is based on BELL’s evidence-based summer learning model, and delivered in partnership Ys throughout the country, including the YMCA of Greater Birmingham. The program is one of the many ways the Y “hops the gap” in the resources available to scholars in underserved communities to help them learn, grow, and thrive.

RISE Summer Learning Program: The Literacy Council of Central Alabama

The Walker County Chapter of RISE  will focus on reading and writing activities that enhance a child’s appreciation for reading. The chosen curriculum is based on the Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky and in-school teaching methods.

The program will incorporate hands-on learning with traditional academic techniques, and include a book club, guest speakers, music, and tutoring. Activities are designed to foster focus and self-control, perspectives, communicating, critical thinking, taking on challenges, and self-directed learning. A part of our program will also identify and provide support for learning disabilities.

Classroom Inc’s Community in Crisis and After the Storm are two online learning modules to be used in our summer curriculum. These learning games place students in a virtual workplace where they must lead a team through real-world challenges using reading and writing skills. Both activities include in-game supports like real-time feedback and differentiated tasks so that all levels of learners can experience success.

 

Black Belt Region of Alabama:

BAMA Kids Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) of BAMA Kids (Camden, AL)

  • BAMA Kids Summer Enrichment Program is  a six-week comprehensive program designed to provide educational enrichment, arts, life skills and recreation to prevent summer slide and to ensure that participants are academically and emotionally ready for the next grade level.

Sadie Moss Summer Learning Institute at McRae Learning Center (Selma, AL)

  • ABCs of Word Wizardry and 123s of Math Fluency 2017 will run for seven weeks and offer students the chance to expand their vocabularies, to enjoy creative writing using their new vocabulary words and to read books that challenge their current reading level.  In math, the group will work on speed in basic math calculations in addition, subtraction and even multiplication. They will continue the exploration of our universe as presented by Neil DeGrasse Tyson in his remake of the series “Cosmos, a Space Odyssey.” In addition, the program we will include visual arts in collaboration with the Alabama Council on the Arts.

Summer Enrichment Program at Theo Ratliff Activity Center (Demopolis, AL)

  • The Ratliff Center provides assistance to students in grades 3-5 to help prevent loss in reading and math during the summer months. We us the STAR Assessment to ensure that each child receives an individualized learning plan.  Students will also participate in a comprehensive range of activities that serve as constructive alternatives to negative behavior.  Activities include guest speakers, character building lessons, health and fitness, music art and crafts, swimming dancing and mentoring.

Vredenburgh Summer Camp (Vredenburgh, AL)

  • Always our goal is to keep our children on track to achieve grade level in math and reading during summer.  This summer we are adding weekly themes.  One week is “culinary kids camp”; another is “survival in the wild and/or helping the wild survive”; “social service awareness”; “finance and banking”; and the theater and the arts. Our hope is that these themes will help them prepare for life and using their new skills will enrich their lives.

Higher Academics Summer School (HASS) (Livingston, AL)

  • Higher Academics Summer School is a residential summer program for high school students from low income communities. HASS provides our students access to academic, career preparing, and enriching opportunities that will provide pathways to college and careers. Our students attend schools where the impact of the teacher shortage is immense and where there is limited capacity to offer various and multiple honors, AP and IB courses. Students who attend HASS have access to rigorous courses, engage in networking opportunities, and combat the effects of summer learning loss. In one month, HASS students grow in reading and math, and increase their ACT scores by 2 points on average. 

    HASS was founded in 2011 by two teachers in the Black Belt counties. They believed their students deserved access to opportunities to become college and career ready. Every year, we set out to diminish the educational disparity students in low income communities experience by providing them with four weeks of rigorous academic, career, and leadership enrichment every summer throughout their high school career. Over the years, we have served over 35 students. They begin the summer before their 9th or 10th grade year and return until they graduate. Ten of our students have graduated. Nine are in college and one has begun his career in the ARMY.

Sawyerville Summer Learning (Sawyerville, AL)

  • The mission of Sawyerville Summer Learning is to help close the achievement gap and prevent summer learning loss in Greensboro, Alabama. SSL will work toward this mission by hosting a multi-week summer learning program in which students will strengthen their literacy and math skills. Additionally, SSL is invested in helping students grow as scholars and citizens through participation in academic field trips, community engagement, and other enrichment opportunities.

Huntsville/Madison County:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama‘s STEAM Lit Program, located at J.E. Williams Elementary School/Williams Boys & Girls Club
  • Heart of the Valley YMCA’s BELL Power Scholars Academy and Y Readers Programs, in collaboration with The C.A.R.E. Center, located at Madison County Elementary School
  • Heart of the Valley YMCA’s BELL Power Scholars Academy and Y Readers Programs, in collaboration with The C.A.R.E. Center, located at Owens Cross Roads Elementary School
  • Huntsville City Schools‘ Bridges to Learning Leadership Academy Program, in collaboration with American Baseball Foundation, located at Providence Elementary School
  • Madison City Schools’ English Learner SAIL Program, in collaboration with Heart of the Valley YMCA, located at Madison Elementary School
  • Village of Promise’s Freedom School, in collaboration with the Children’s Defense Fund, located at Sonnie Hereford Elementary School