urbanpromise SUMMER CAMP


UrbanPromise believes that all children have the potential to succeed academically and to become future leaders in our city. However, we know children in low-income communities need access to expanded learning time. Research from the National Summer Learning Association tells us that summer learning loss accounts for up to two-thirds of the academic achievement gap between children from low-income communities and their higher-income peers [1].

For six weeks during the summer, UrbanPromise’s Summer Camps provide opportunities for elementary & middle school students to improve their academic performance, develop necessary life skills, create positive relationships with caring adults, explore the arts, and nurture their faith. Goals for our students include:

  • Reading Growth: Our goal is for all students to make at least two months of growth. On average during our last four Summer Camps, students gained 3.5 months of reading skills. 90% of students have maintained or improved their reading ability.

  • Growth in Self-Confidence: Our goal is for all of students to gain confidence in their academic abilities and improve their attitude about school.

  • Spiritual Growth: Our goal is for all students to grow in their understanding of who God is and their relationship with Him.

a typical day at summer camp…

8:15-9:10AM: Breakfast & Opening

After a healthy breakfast, UrbanPromise StreetLeaders and college interns open the day by leading songs, performing skits, and establishing a fun, loving atmosphere.


9:15AM-12:15PM: Literacy, Discovery, and Bible Classes

Students rotate through the Literacy, Discovery (STEM), and Bible classes. Certified teachers lead 90 minutes of literacy instruction, while StreetLeaders and interns lead 45 minutes of instruction in Discovery and Bible.

12:15-1:00PM: Lunch & Recess

Students eat a healthy lunch and participate in physical activity.

1:05-1:50PM: Options Classes

Students choose an “Options Class” to attend. During Options, students will explore the arts or develop a life skill. Possible Options classes include cooking, fitness, gardening, dance, art, drama, newspaper, or cheerleading.

2:00-2:15PM (StreetLeaders): Clean-Up

StreetLeaders who are not involved in enrichment with students will clean up from camp.

2:15-4:00PM (StreetLeaders): Class Planning & College Prep

StreetLeaders not at soccer, theater, or healthy living will plan for upcoming classes or participate in college prep classes with their StreetLeader Director. (Mondays = rising seniors; Tuesdays = rising freshmen & sophomores; Wednesdays = rising juniors; Thursdays = rising college freshmen).

2:00-4:00PM (Campers): Enrichment Activities

Students participate in an athletic or arts activity. This activity varies by UrbanPromise site.

Fridays: Fridays at Summer Camp are “Fun Fridays.” Programming consists of field trips. There will be no Enrichment Activities on Fridays; camp ends for campers at 2:30. All StreetLeaders and staff finish the week with a staff meeting that ends at 4 PM.