Summer Adventures in Learning, or simply, SAIL, is a partnership that focuses on summer programs in which students can explore new interests and skills while also gaining the support they need to prevent summer learning loss.
Data shows that summer learning loss accounts for nearly two-thirds of the ninth grade achievement gap in reading. Research also shows that the effects of participation in a summer learning program can benefit the child for at least two years afterwards.
Local experience in Birmingham has shown average gains of at least two months in reading and math during a five to six week program, making a significant positive difference for these children.
Through this important partnership, funders commit to using a joint application process for non-profit organizations seeking grant support to add or enhance consistent academic components to summer youth programs.