Horizons student

Why Do Low-Income Kids Suffer So Much Summer Learning Loss?

Call it summer learning loss, summer slide or brain drain.

The loss of critical reading and math skills among children during the summer months is particularly pronounced among low-income kids, who lose an average of two to three months of academic achievement in reading and math each summer . . .

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Innovative Summer Learning Program Expands Kids’ ‘Horizons’

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Jack the Beagle proved a big hit in Randy Decker’s fourth-grade class.

Decker’s students loved reading to the dog, one of several from the Kent County Humane Society that came to the Horizons of Kent County summer learning program, run out of the private Radcliffe Creek School in this historic colonial town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Decker, who arranged for the weekly visits with the Humane Society, knows his students are much less self-conscious when reading to a dog than reading aloud in front of the whole class . . .

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Garden of Greatness program

Oases Emerge In America’s ‘Food Deserts’

Many of the teens in the impoverished section of San Antonio had never seen a garden before, let alone planted vegetables in the Texas soil.

Now they sow, tend and harvest tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, broccoli, squash, peppers, onions, black-eyed peas, okra, strawberries and various herbs as part of the Garden of Greatness after-school program.

Girls Inc. Mentoring

How to Make Your Nonprofit a Volunteer Magnet

The nonprofit Communities In Schools relies on some 60,000 adult volunteers around the U.S. to mentor students in kindergarten through high school for two-year stints.

YouthBuild USA taps into more than 1,100 mentors who work for 18 months alongside young people building environmentally friendly housing and other projects for low-income residents.

At Girls Inc.’s 90 affiliates, thousands of volunteers help shepherd girls from elementary school through high school to become successful young adults . . .

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Report: Millions of U.S. Children Unsupervised During After-School Hours

Demand for after-school programs far exceeds supply in the United States, particularly among African-American and Hispanic families, a new report says.

“America After 3PM,” released Thursday by the Washington-based Afterschool Alliance, said that for every child enrolled in such a program, the parents of two other children would enroll if a program were available.