The Summer Youth Program Fund supports a wide variety of summer
camps. Program activities vary, and may include academic skill
enrichment, college readiness, personal growth and leadership
development, arts and culture, recreation and sports, employment and job
readiness, community service, and programs for youth with disabilities.
Applicants must select one of the following program categories that
best describes their program:
- Academic Achievement –
Program includes activities based on academic standards to prevent
summer learning loss and achieve gains in key academic areas such as
reading, math, science, etc. At least one certified teacher coordinates
intentional learning activities with measurable outcomes. STEM
activities, partnerships with enhancement programs, and data exchange
with participants’ schools are especially valued.
Programs – Programs are provided for at least four hours per day, five
days per week for four weeks. In general, they serve the same children
throughout the summer.
- Enhancement/Special Projects –
Programs enhance a young person’s summer or enhance the offerings of
another camp by focusing on specialized content or skills, and are
limited in the number of hours and days they are offered to a single
group of youth. They may have multiple cycles of similar activities and
may be delivered at the grantee’s facility or at other locations in the
community. Examples include: 1) Science program offered four hours per
day for one week; 2) Educational program for girls offered every day
for three weeks; 3) Technology camp offered three days per week for
eight weeks; 4) Art camp offered for one week at a time to different
- Overnight Programs – Programs provide overnight camping experiences and are generally provided in one or two-week sessions.
Employment – Program’s primary purpose is to employ youth (ages 14 –
22) or to place them in jobs. Internships and pre-employment training
activities may be included, but youth must work at least ten hours per
week and be paid wages or stipends in positions that have job
descriptions. Positions may include day camp counselors, horticultural
workers, tutors, clerical assistants or other positions that provide
structured work experiences and pay. If youth do not receive a written
description of their responsibilities and the expectations for earning a
wage or stipend, your program is not a Youth Employment program, but
may be a Daily or Enhancement/Special Project program.