Summer Learning | United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg

Beat the Summer Slide!

For many young people, summertime means vacation, camps, and fun learning or enrichment activities. For others, summer means fewer resources typically provided at school, such as healthy meals, academic instruction, and physical and enrichment activities. As a result, many kids–especially low-income and children of color–experience what’s called summer learning loss, or the summer slide.

The good news is that high-quality summer programs can keep kids of all income levels engaged and learning over the summer. However, in the Greater Richmond & Petersburg region, we do not know how many young people have access to or are actively participating in a summer program and whether we’re reaching those kids most at-risk for summer learning loss.

At United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, we empower people and addresses systemic issues to ensure everyone has a clear path to success. That’s why we’re partnering with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) and more than a dozen local partners (see list attached), to build a stronger system for summer learning in our region. Our collective goal is to identify gaps in summer programming across the region, prioritize areas of the summer learning system to be strengthened, and build connections between program providers that will lay the foundation for collective action.

We are inviting program providers to join this project, by completing a survey on your 2017 summer program. The survey will remain open until mid-September 2017, so you should wait until all your summer programs are over to complete the survey. If you are not a program provider, we ask you to participate by sharing this survey with direct-service summer programs.

Your program information will allow us to capture a snapshot of the state of summer programs for young people, and will allow you, your colleagues and community members to understand the need for programming and the opportunities for collaboration.

Please take 1 minute to let us know if you plan to participate in (or share) the survey: CLICK HERE.

When You’re Ready to Complete the Survey: More Details

The survey will ask you for information on your 2017 summer programs.

Please use this link to provide information on your 2017 summer program(s) : CLICK HERE.

This survey will allow you to enter data on up to five of your 2017 summer programs. If you operate more than five programs during the summer, you will be given the option to still participate by providing your program information in an alternative format.

You can begin the survey, close it and return to it, picking up where you left off and/or editing your previous responses, but you can only complete one survey per device. To save your responses, make sure to click the ‘Next’ or ‘Done’ button. You will be able to edit your survey until the administrator closes the survey, even if after you click the ‘Done’ button. The survey will be open and available until September 18, 2017. We will be in touch over the summer to help support you in submitting your program data.

If at any time you run into trouble entering your data, please contact Bekah Holbrook at or (804) 771-5830. To preview the survey questions, please click here.

We greatly appreciate you completing this survey. We believe it will yield valuable information that will help our community to better support and provide enriching opportunities for children and youth during the summer months.