SAIL 2016 Summer Learning Sites

In 2016, The SAIL collaborative awarded 37 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:

A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club

  • Program will provide reading and math intervention for 35 students entering 3rd, 4th and 5th grades for four weeks of summer programming.

Boys and Girls Club of Central Alabama

  • The SAIL program we will occur at two sites – Hueytown and Clay/Chalkville. The Education program at these clubs focus on 50 children each rising into the 2nd-4th grades.

Camp Fire USA Central Alabama Council

  • Since 1926 Camp Fletcher has been a place for young people to challenge themselves, discover the natural environment, and develop new skills. Summer Day Camp (SDC) and Campers-In-Action (CIA) programs are for rising 1st-5th and 6th-9th grade students during the school vacation period. Takes place on 300 woodland acres with trails and creeks to explore.

Fresh Start Family Solutions

  • The 8-week summer camp provides a family atmosphere offering a comprehensive program focused on developing the whole child. Academic support combined with creative and performing arts, social skills and educational field trips will provide a unique and engaging atmosphere for the youth.

Girls Incorporated of Central Alabama

  • The Crestwood Summer Program provides eight weeks of comprehensive programming and programs are offered during June and July, Monday through Friday, from 7am to 6pm. The Walker County Summer Program provides six weeks of comprehensive programming and programs are offered during June and July, Monday through Friday, from 8am to 5pm. The academic enrichment classes meet 1.5 hours each day during the duration of the program.

Camp Invention by Invent Now

  • Camp Invention is a one-week summer day camp for children in grades 1-6 with curricula focused on developing creativity, inventive thinking, and problem solving skills through hands-on STEM content.

“E”chiever Summer Camp at Margaret Elementary School

  •  “E” chiever summer camp will provide a 4 week summer program during the month of June. Project based learning and  STEM activities will be a vital component of the program.The school library media center will be opened throughout the program to support a summer reading program for the community.

Norwood Resource Center

  • In addition to the academic programs focused on reading and math, students will participate in the Junior Master Gardener program, an international youth gardening program of the University Extension network. The mission of the JMG program is to grow good kids by igniting a passion for learning, success & service through unique gardening education. The curriculum includes independent & group learning experiences, life skill & career exploration, & service learning opportunities. Topics include health & nutrition, growing profits & Literature in the Garden.

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

  • This program blends tutoring curriculum and hands-on learning opportunities for 60 rising 3rd through 6th grade students from Tarrant Intermediate School. Sylvan Learning Center will facilitate the Ace It! Curriculum in small groups with shared academic needs. Enrichment activities will incorporate the community garden located on campus. Students will be identified to participate in the program by the end of the third nine weeks using standards-based report cards and STAR scores. The teacher to student ratio will be 1:10, with Sylvan tutoring three hours for each student daily. The Program Director, one certified teacher, and four teacher assistants (adult and/or students) will facilitate enrichment activities throughout the day. A Technology Integration Coach will assist staff and students in integrating tech tools into lessons and creating digital products.


Faith-based programs:

Camp Lift at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church

  • This program includes 4 hours of daily academics including reading, math and science activities. Includes physical education and recreation activities daily including: gardening, basketball, nature walks, volleyball, checkers, scrabble, arts and craft with a park on site. It also includes weekly field trips.

New Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church Community Development Corporation

  • 2016 will be the 11th year for this summer camp which serves campers in grades K-9. It includes  4 hours of daily academics focusing on reading and math. as well as 1 to 2 hours for physical activity and weekly field trips.

Bessemer-West Jefferson Reading Academy at Faith Aftercare Educational Enrichment Center

  • This program for 20 students runs for 6 weeks with the academic portion delivered by Better Basics’ Summer Learning program. The students will attend the Summer Learning program four days a week for three hours, reserving Wednesday for field trips.They will also engage in enrichment activities such as biblical studies, computer technology and career development.

Children’s Fresh Air Farm

  • This six-week program is for rising 3rd,4th and 5th graders from Hayes K-8 School. Each day includes academic instruction and enrichment activities. Enrichment activities include music, gardening, science, arts&crafts, pottery, PE, golf, swimming and field trips. Biblical instruction is offered during Chapel services and morning devotions,with lessons reinforced throughout the day, especially in community time, music,and arts&crafts. Children graduate with school supplies for the upcoming year,a new uniform,and a voucher for new shoes.New scholars are given a story Bible.

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.

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 Blast Off, Rainforest and Ancient Egypt.   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 Shades Valley/YMCA Western Area/YMCA Downtown Youth Center/YMCA Northeast

  • The Shades Valley YMCA, the Northeast YMCA in Roebuck, the YMCA Youth Center and the Western YMCA in the Midfield community will partner with Better Basics of Alabama to offer a 6 week Summer Learning Program for rising 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students during the summer of 2016. This full day program concentrates on academics (intervention reading and math) in the mornings and day camp enrichment activities in the afternoons. Students will be transported from their YMCA branches in the mornings to Inglenook School and returned to the branches at noon each day for the afternoon component.

The Springboard Enrichment Program at Zion Spring Baptist Church

  • This 8 week enrichment camp focuses on increasing each child’s reading/mathematics score to reach at or above his or her grade level. Also provides enrichment activities.

Sports-focused programs:


Neighborhood Academy, Inc.

  • Focused on 5th and 6th grade students, this program uses lacrosse as the hook, but education is the key. This program has a weighted focus on math while also teaching public speaking, world affairs and US and World Geography. During our 8 week program, our students will also learn basic cooking skills, how to fix a small engine, hear from guest speakers from different backgrounds, and go on at least 4 or 5 field trips.


Camp BASIC: American Baseball Foundation

  • Camp BASIC has been implemented for the last 18 years. In the last two years, BASIC has implemented its 4 to 5 week curriculum, in which students rotate every 50 minutes between math and reading instruction and sports instruction that includes a) instruction in skills related to one or more sports; b) experiences putting those skills into play immediately and c) feedback from the sports instructor related to adjusting the skill technique. Simultaneously he/she reads about players who exhibited—competence, tenacity, self-confidence, ambition, persistence.


Camp Northstar: NorthStar Youth Ministries

  • :  The Camp NorthStar program will include academic instruction 3 hours per day on 4 days per week for each participating student. The mornings will begin with a physical component (swimming or soccer). In addition to the core reading & math classroom learning we will have one-on-one intervention with selected students, applied learning in gardening & cooking that will support the basic reading & math curriculum. An optional bible camp program will be available at the end of the day.

For middle school students:

SOLE STEM Summer Program at Tarrant City Schools

  • The SOLE STEM Summer Program will blend self-organized learning environments (SOLE) with Sylvan tutoring curriculum, project-based and inquiry- based learning and hands-on STEM opportunities rising 7th through 9th grade students from Tarrant High School. Sylvan Learning Center will provide the Ace It! Reading and Math curriculum, in a small group setting, for one hour in each subject daily.  Creative Exchanges Initiative (CEI) will provide certified staff to execute the Sylvan curriculum and facilitate students in “answering big questions” through project-based group work and educational adventure. Students will play “After the Storm,” a web-based literacy game that infuses writing and critical thinking.

UHope Success Academy of the Urban Hope Community Church

  • This program was started to address the achievement gap that students in urban under-resourced communities experience, encouraging students to pursue academic success, beginning with middle school students.  Students are provided with opportunities to increase their academic knowledge, especially in math and English Language Arts.  Students develop critical habits, skills & attitudes about their education over the summer, which will prepare them for their upcoming grade.  Students learn about colleges, locally & nationally, and how they can work toward a goal of going to college.  Students are encouraged to place a high value on education.  The parents of our students are engaged throughout the UHope Success process, providing them with effective tools which they can  use to better advocate for their childs academic success.

For high school students:

Impact Alabama: A Student Service Initiative

  • Started in 2010 as a partnership between Impact Alabama and A+ College Ready, CollegeFirst is a three-week, Summer Advanced Placement Institute for high-school students in Birmingham area schools. Using research-based approaches and models of effective practice, CollegeFirst is designed to ensure that students enrolled in AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, and AP English in A+ College Ready participating schools have access to high-quality summer learning opportunities.

Blount County, Alabama:

Catch Up and Step Up with Blount County Education Foundation

  • “Catch Up and Step Up,” an intervention/enrichment program for 3-6 grades at-risk students, is designed to help students achieve rapid improvement (catch up) and enrichment activities will develop student interests/talents (step up).  The program will operate 5 hours a day, 4 days a week for 6 weeks in the Susan Moore community.

In the Black Belt Region of Alabama:

Black Belt Community Foundation:

Build a Better Community (Vredenburgh, AL)

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

  • HASS takes place every summer for the four weeks of June with a schedule that is modeled after a collegiate academic schedule in which students attend class on Monday/Wednesday/Thursday or on Tuesday/Thursday. Each day has seven hours of direct instructional time, not including computer lab, mandatory reading groups, tutoring, enrichment, and mandatory individual student work time in the evenings. Saturday and Sundays are reserved for test prep, day trips, college tours, team building, and instructional flex days should activities or class conflicts occur during the week.

Yellowhammer Literacy Project (Sawyerville, AL)

  • Rising 5th grade students will work through a curriculum that follows two themes, “Journalism” and “Superheroes,” and covers literacy, creative writing, grammar, and independent reading. Each day, students engaged in six hours of traditional instruction by rotating within small groups between different learning stations Rising 6th grade students will follow 30 A Day, a curriculum created by Better Basics. They will also have a curriculum similar to that of the rising 5th graders but including math and science.The program includes local and regional field trips, guest speakers, community service work, and other fun and exciting enrichment opportunities.

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, under-served middle school students.Students participate in over 180 hours of rigorous instruction focused on math, science, literacy, and non-cognitive skills.

Cornerstone Schools of Alabama

  • Cornerstone offers three weeks or 15 full days of summer learning for rising 2nd through 8th graders to provide continuity of learning and ensure students maintain their skills. Reading and math instruction in the morning are followed by lunch and a choice of several engaging enrichment activities in the afternoon, including sports, arts, movement, crafts, outdoor gardening and games, etc and some field trips too. High School students participate in remediation, ACT preparation, working internships at Protective and other summer work for the duration and a field trip.

IMPACT Family Counseling

  • :  IMPACT Mentoring (IM) will provide a 6-week Summer Learning Session for 25 rising 3rd, 4th & 5th graders from several Birmingham City Schools. The program will run 5 days per week (Monday – Friday), 7am – 4pm including pickup & drop off service provided by IMPACT.

Restoration Academy

  • The elementary program includes classes meeting 4 days a week at 4 hours each day. Certified teachers teach and volunteers work in one-on-one settings to individualize learning. All students utilize Khan Academy for summer learning. Our summer reading program incentivizes reading within a self-paced self-selected program.The High School Intro Program allows our teachers to assess students, illustrate our discipline structure and prepare them for the fall.The High School Remedial and Credit Recovery Program allows students to receive intensive remediation.

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.

Other grantees:

Better Basics Reading Program

Better Basics 30-A-Day Program