State Rep. Adrian Madaro visits Summer Learning Academies at Mario Umana Academy

Last week, State Representative Adrian Madaro (D-1st Suffolk) came to see two stellar Summer Learning Academies sites in action: America SCORES and YMCA of Greater Boston. A lifelong resident of East Boston with a strong commitment to youth development, Rep. Madaro was eager to witness young people engaging in rigorous, exciting summer learning opportunities at the Umana Academy.

The YMCA-Summer Learning Academies site boasts a robust dual-language program that provides continuity with students’ school-year experience and supports fluency in both English and Spanish. The program serves 100 rising 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students.

The Y employs a blended learning model — 3 hours of academic instruction led by certified MA public schools teachers, and 3 hours of signature enrichment programming led by YMCA staff. This “hands on” learning experience enhances and complements the traditional learning classroom, enabling students to build vital socio-emotional competencies and to engage in healthy exercise and nutrition.

The America SCORES-Summer Learning Academies site aims to help students improve their ELA skills, learn about & live healthy lifestyles, and feel a part of their community. The program serves 70 rising 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders from nearby East Boston schools. America SCORES intentionally hires bilingual BPS teachers, interns and staff to meet the needs of a higher concentration of English Language Learners. The program also recruits students and staff who have participated in SCORES throughout the school year to promote a deeper relationship between coaches and students.

The mission of America SCORES Boston is to inspire Boston youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. To do this, the program offers an innovative blend of soccer, academic support, and enrichment programming that fosters the development of the whole child.

Many thanks to the staff of the Umana Academy, YMCA of Greater Boston, and America SCORES for helping to coordinate this visit.