Our Commitment to Summer Learning

Our Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program is Making an Impact!


Our Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program has impacted hundreds of children from our Cape Ann, Haverhill, Salem and Greater Beverly Ys. Children in grades 1-3 gained seven weeks of instructional reading and 1,500 books were read. This program is closing the Achievement Gap that plagues school children from low-income households who often fall further and further behind each year, ultimately impacting their long-term learning.

With more than 2,000 children in the YMCA of the North Shore’s care, we have set out to reduce the gap and give all kids a fighting chance to thrive beyond the classroom.
The Impact is real!

  • NEARLY 2,000 - The number of children who engaged in our Y’s early learning and afterschool programs each day with 40% receiving financial assistance.
  • OVER 300 - The number of children participating in our summer literacy programs at no charge, ensuring they stay on track academically with their peers.
  • MORE THAN 5,200 - The number of campers who explored, achieved, built self-esteem and made life-long friendships at our Y camps, with 30% receiving financial assistance.

Meet Beverly Resident Joyanne Chandler
Joyanne's 7 year old son Josiah, like most little boys, loves to play and explore. He is shy and was sometimes nervous going to school last year. Joyann noticed he had a little trouble focusing on his reading and he was becoming increasingly introverted when it came to making friends. During the school year last year Josiah was diagnosed with ADHD, so as the school year wound down, his teacher recommended that he be part of the Greater Beverly YMCA’s Summer Literacy Program. During the 6-week program, Josiah spent mornings reading, writing and improving his understanding of letters and their sounds all while making new friends. After the morning literacy curriculum, Josiah was able to attend Sterling Woods camp where he could swim, discover the adventure course, play sports and more. “This program helped Josiah so much, his teacher noticed a significant improvement when he went back to school in the fall. We are so blessed to have had this opportunity for Josiah. My husband and I both work, but we would not have been able to afford this program and camp for Josiah”.  - Joyanne Chandler

This program would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.  You can help too by supporting our Annual Campaign!
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A Special Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Applied Materials
Binkley & Paula Shorts
Brace Cove Foundation 
Cape Ann Savings Bank
Cedar's Foods
City of Beverly
Cummings Foundation
Goldberg Properties 
Haverhill Bank
MA Youth at Risk Funds
Pentucket Bank
Salem Public Schools
Theda & Tamblin Clark Smith Family Foundation
The Fireman Family
The Perkin Fund
Trina Smith