Camperships- Summer Education Literacy Program
The mission of the Summer Learning program is to help children ages 5 to 9 avoid summer learning loss and gain literacy skills so they are ready to succeed when they return to school in the fall. Assuming limited in-person instruction, UCC’s goal for this summer is to improve the reading skills of 500 low-income students in the City of Fort Worth. We are aiming to have 95% of summer students maintain or increase their reading level over the eight-week summer programming. Programming includes Kinder Transition, Reading Mastery, Leveled Literacy Intervention, and our core Education Enrichment Program.
Our summer goal will be achieved by using research based literacy programs to promote growth and development of emerging readers, intervene with struggling readers, and ensure attainment of grade level readings for as many students as possible.
UCC is unique in that it includes specialized literacy instruction taught by staff who are thoroughly trained and coached by certified literacy specialists, UCC is recognized as the premier out of school time literacy program in Fort Worth. UCC works with children year round and it strives to help them grow and develop into healthy, educated, thriving teenagers.
Priority for summer literacy programming will be given to working with students from preK to third grade who are significantly below grade reading level. To enhance student outcomes, UCC will work in partnership with families, schools, and our nonprofit partner to meet the social and emotional needs of students.
For nearly a decade, UCC’s literacy programming has helped many students significantly behind in reading become confident, proficient readers reading on grade level or above. UCC serves many low- income neighborhoods including Ash Crescent, Historic Southside, Polytechnic, and Diamond Hill. Funding for summer programming will help to support the expansion of our program to services at schools throughout Fort Worth and within the Ash Crescent neighborhood; Van Zandt Guinn, Morningside, Carroll Peak, De Zavala, Briscoe, T A Sims, Logan, Eastern Hills, Diamond Hill and Helbing.
UCC also aims for funding to hire a licensed counselor to work with families and provide extra assistance they might need due to COVID, employment, food, rental assistance, mental health or just overall quality of life care. This position will support children and their families who are facing challenging circumstances by helping them access resources and services to develop healthy coping strategies in order to increase their well-being and achieve academic success.
UCC’s literacy programming has strict COVID-19 guidelines that were developed with the help of Dr. Kenton Murphy, assistant Medical Director at Tarrant County Public Health, which follows all CDC guidelines.
If you are interested in sponsoring a child this summer, you can click the link below, or contact Ashley Johnson for more information at 817.927.5556. You can help make this summer a memorable one for a Fort Worth child!