Youth Development - Academic Success
CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP
Research shows that many youth from underserved and low-income families often start kindergarten underprepared and fall behind their peers as they progress through school. That “gap,” known as the achievement gap, presents not just immediate hurdles for these students, but also long-term challenges for us all.
The Y understands that the future of our community is affected by the academic success of children. We also know that not all children have what they need to thrive in the classroom. That’s why we support them with strong role models and enriching experiences and strategies that give all children the opportunity to reach their greatest potential academically.
Nurturing Academically and Beyond
At the Y, we work with caregivers, students, schools and community partners to close the gap. Our evidence-based programs improve students’ educational readiness, engagement and outcomes, while helping them grow emotionally and physically, too. We believe it’s important to create opportunities for students to gain self-confidence by preparing them for academic success early on. We also support and encourage parents in giving young children the critical building blocks and keys to success to thrive in early childhood.
Supporting Kids in Need
Each of our achievement gap programs — Y Readers, Y Achievers and Parents as Teachers — is offered to families at no cost and is fully funded by individual gifts, corporate donations and grants. Last year, we were able to provide $2.3 million in achievement gap support to help kids in need succeed in their educational journey.
Parents as Teachers
The mission of Parents as Teachers is to provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.
The mission of Y Achievers is to help teens improve academic performance, explore diverse college and career options plus interact with professionals who serve as role models.
The mission of Y Readers is to provide the additional support students need to gain self-confidence and be proficient in reading by the end of third grade.