Summer Learning 2016 Update 5: Boston’s One-Stop Shop for Improving Summer Programs

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The Summer Insight Center: A One-Stop Shop for Improving Summer Programs

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Years accumulating data and lessons learned from the Boston Summer Learning Community culminate in the Summer Insight Center, a resource designed to help program providers, funders, and city officials adopt best practices into their own work. Compiling all the necessary information into one place, the Summer Insight Center gives you the resources you need to translate knowledge into practice.

Check out case studies and resources on the Summer Insight Center.

Courageous Sailing Builds Leaders at Sea, on Land, and in the Classroom

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Offering age-appropriate leadership roles to youth ranging from fourth to twelfth grades, Courageous Sailing is among a list of programs that have pledged to increase opportunities for youth leadership and autonomy this summer.

“Courageous’ official mission is to ‘transform lives through sailing programs that inspire learning, personal growth, and leadership,’ and we believe that youth leadership should be an integral goal of any organization that works with kids,” Education Director Jen Bodde said.

Click here to learn how Courageous Sailing incorporates youth leadership into programming.

Thompson Island Students Learn through Exploration of Native Ecosystems

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Engaging students with hands-on learning and adventures in nature, Thompson Island Outward Bound transports students from the city to the great outdoors, expanding the classroom community. Youth at this SLP site have enjoyed a range of unique experiences on the island this summer, from studying animal species to climbing ropes courses and taking field trips.

“Each student becomes an expert on a species they identify with, and [they] are writing books all about them to share at our Publishing Party at the end of the program,” Gemma Falivene, Connections Program Manager, said. “Our students have also climbed our indoor climbing wall and many of our character-building low ropes elements.”

Click here to learn more about Thompson Island.

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