Navigation Links
Y Readers Summer Literacy Program Prepares Students for Academic Success
Date:9/5/2013

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) September 05, 2013

While many Charlotteans indulged in traditional summer recreation, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte was hard at work, preparing children for academic success through their nationally renowned Y Readers literacy program. Using the STAR Reader test, the Y reports that 86 percent of its 492 Y Readers participants improved or maintained their reading proficiency as a result of the six-week summer program. In fact, the rising first, second and third grade students improved their reading skills on average by three school months. Studies show these same students were likely to regress academically by an average of 2.5 months without Y Readers, putting them well behind their peers at the beginning of the school year.

In 1999, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte initiated a partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) to form the Y Readers program with the purpose to engage children reading below grade level in a six-week summer enrichment course to prevent learning loss. Certified teachers build reading skills, self-confidence and foster a love of learning. Locally, the program includes sites in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Lincoln County and Mooresville Graded Schools. In 2012, the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the Y’s national office, selected Charlotte’s Y Readers as a Signature Program for the YMCA’s efforts to close the achievement gap during the summer. For the second consecutive year, the Y Readers model was implemented across the nation. This summer it was adopted in 29 cities.

Y Readers is provided at no cost to participants’ families. Compared to the $8,500 cost for a child to repeat one year of school, Y Readers is provided at only $1,300 per child and is funded by generous donations from individuals and businesses.

“Y Readers is a quality, cost-effective program with quantifiable results. It’s a powerful example of the positive benefits that result when the community galvanizes to address a common need – everyone wins,” comments Amanda Wilkinson, Senior Program Director of School Age Initiatives.

Interest and support for the program continues to gain momentum. Over the course of the summer, nearly 240 community members volunteered more than 1,400 hours to serve the Y Readers program. The time volunteers spent with the program is valued at $31,173 ($22.14 per hour is the national average).

Each Y Readers site hosted a parent workshop to reinforce the importance of reading and provide strategies for teaching reading at home. Through a partnership with Promising Pages and First Book-Charlotte, each student received at least six books for their home libraries. Collectively, Y Readers students received more than 3,000 books, further poising students for academic success. Health education and activities are included as an integral part of the Y Readers program, including free weekly swim lessons and health sessions emphasizing the importance of hand washing, sleep, safety, nutrition and exercise.

In 2012, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte added the proven Y Readers learning model to its traditional after-school program at four YMCA branches including the McCrorey, Stratford Richardson, Simmons and Johnston YMCAs.

For more information about the history, funding and results of Y Readers, review the Y Readers Summer 2013 Impact Report or contact Blair Campbell at blair.campbell@ymcacharlotte.org.

About the YMCA of Greater Charlotte

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte, comprised of 19 Y branches and two resident camps, engages approximately 292,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Deeply rooted in the community for 138 years, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymcacharlotte.org.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/9/prweb11091665.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. SunshineBloggers Urges Readers to Consider Term Life Insurance
2. SunshineBloggers Urges Readers to Recycle
3. Author Francisco J. Palacios Helps Readers Refine Their Behavior
4. Earth Dog Story Featured Selection for Apple Apps as Competitors Google Android and Kindle Fire as Market for E-Readers Heats Up
5. Elliance Webinar Explores How Responsive Web Design for Magazines Builds Readership in the Age of Mobile Media
6. ‘Get Your Lean On’ Gives Readers New Approach to Weight Loss
7. Astro Clairvoyant Norah Guide Launches Spring Fling Month for Premium Astrology Readers Through April 2013
8. BioTrustNutritionReviews.com Shares NEW “One Day Diet” Video Review With Their Readers
9. Astro-Clairvoyant Norah Guide with Premium Astrology Providing Amazing Accuracy During Readers Appreciation Month
10. Norah From Premium Astrology Leaves No Stone Unturned When Answering Client's Questions During her First Ever Readers Appreciation Month
11. Astro Clairvoyant Norah Guide Newest Testimonials Help Readers Choose the Right Psychic
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... announced its strategic partnership with Connance, a healthcare industry leader providing predictive ... proven, proprietary technology combine to provide health systems, hospitals and ambulatory surgical ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... , ... Pixel Film Studios Released ProSlice Levels, a Media Slicing Effect ... a whole new perspective by using the title layers in ProSlice Levels to ... ProSlice Levels contains over 30 Different presets to choose from. FCPX users ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, ... Mohs Surgery and to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. ... skin cancer. The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Dr. Calvin ... injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for treating his ... of the first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances that orthopaedic ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... June 19, 2016 is World Sickle Cell Observance Day. In an effort ... holistic treatments, Serenity Recovery Center of Marne, Michigan, has issued a pain ... Disease (SCD) is a disorder of the red blood cells, which can cause episodes ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... INDIANAPOLIS , June 23, 2016 Roche ... received 510(k) clearance for its Elecsys BRAHMS PCT (procalcitonin) ... severe sepsis or septic shock. With this clearance, Roche ... provide a fully integrated solution for sepsis risk assessment ... associated with bacterial infection and PCT levels in blood ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Research and Markets has ... 52" report to their offering. ... creates a favourable commercial environment for MedImmune to enter. The ... that will serve to drive considerable growth for effective anti-influenza ... to cap sales considerably, but development is still in its ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... and INDIANAPOLIS , June 23, 2016 ... Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow,s Leaders Scholarship is any indication, the ... announced today online at www.diabetesscholars.org by the ... diabetes stand in the way of academic and community ... Foundation,s scholarship program since 2012, and continues to advocate ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: