Plymouth Christian Youth Center:
Summer Friends prevents summer slide
Plymouth Christian Youth Center (PCYC), a community-based organization in North Minneapolis, exists to benefit children, youth, families and adults through educational, cultural arts, human services, and community building programs.
PCYC strives to increase opportunities for school and life success by promoting positive development and academic enrichment for youth. A primary PCYC strategy for achieving that goal is its Summer Friends program. Summer Friends combines academic enrichment, youth development, and the creative arts with fun activities in a safe and structured environment. Ninety percent (90%) of Summer Friends participants come from families living in poverty, and nearly all of the more than 100 participants live within the Northside Achievement Zone. (Learn more about PCYC’s partnership with the Northside Achievement Zone.)
To prevent a “summer slide”—a common regression that students may experience throughout the summer months when they are not using their academic skills—PCYC instituted a longer Summer Friends program day and increased total hours of programming to provide a stronger academic component. Results have shown that 100% of Summer Friends participants maintain their instructional reading level and, in fact, many demonstrate growth in reading and math. These positive results indicate that Summer Friends is helping the youth of North Minneapolis in their educational achievement, an essential step in closing the achievement gap.
Learn more about PCYC at www.pcyc-mpls.org.