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Community Services and Revitalization Newsroom

Summit Addresses Need to Prevent Youth Summer Learning Loss

Thursday March 13, 2014

Media Contact: Debbie Belt, 574-6587 / 303-6167
Phil Miller, 574-1901 / 439-4726

Summit Addresses Need to Prevent
Youth Summer Learning Loss

This Friday more than 150 youth service providers will gather for Louisville's first full-day summit focused on preventing summer learning loss. Hosted by Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) in collaboration with Out-of-School Time (OST) Coordinating Council of Louisville
a collaboration led by Louisville Metro Government, JCPS and Metro United Way -- the free event will take place on March 14 between 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Jefferson Community and Technical College's Health Science Building, 110 W. Chestnut St.

The Summit is designed for agencies currently providing summer programming, or planning summer programming within the next couple years. More than 40 agencies will be represented including the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, JCPS, area churches, Metro Parks Community Centers, Louisville Urban League and several youth ministries.

Over the summer, kids can lose two to three months of knowledge, nearly a third of the previous year’s learning. Research shows that youth who are involved in high-quality out-of-school time (OST) programs, both after school and over the summer, are more likely than their uninvolved peers to refrain from risky behavior, and are more likely to do well in school.

“Student achievement is based upon a staircase approach to instruction, with each step progressing from knowledge attained, stated Dr. Donna Hargens, JCPS Superintendent. “Coordinating Council partners are committed to creating a robust network of out-of-school programs to keep students from descending that staircase during the summer months. The Summer Learning Summit will provide participants with opportunities to gather information, build new tools, and network with other agencies for ways to effectively combat key issues in summer learning loss.”

A major highlight of the summit will be the opening session presented by Ellen S. Gannet, Director of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College. Breakout sessions on Positive Youth Development, Data Collection, Action Planning and Infusing the Common Core into Summer will be offered throughout the day.

Bryan Joffee, Director of Education and Youth Development and Sharon Adams-Taylor, Associate Executive Director of AASA, the School Superintendents Association, will present the breakout session entitled “How Expanded Learning Opportunities Help Increase 21st Century Skills”. AASA helped provided funding for the summit.

“We anticipate a day full of very useful information,” said Karen Napier, Director of High School Graduation Initiatives for Metro United Way. "The OST Coordinating Council believes that establishing a coordinated system of quality OST programming will also lead to decreasing the high school dropout rate."

Another highlight at the summit will be the launching of this year's application process for the preventing summer learning loss competitive awards programs with funding provided by Metro Government, Metro United Way, JCPS and AASA. Last year's awards totaled $70,104 to 15 community organizations to help support summer reading programs, academic camps and enrichment activities for about 800 children.

Summit registration has reached capacity but individuals interested in learning more about RFP process for the summer learning loss awards can contact Rebecca DeJarnatt, Coordinator for the Office of Youth Development, part of the Department of Community Services and Revitalization at 574-0854. For information about free monthly youth service provider trainings, visit For more information about the OST Coordinating Council, including ways to join in Summer Learning Day on June 20th, and follow at

About the Out-of-School Time Coordinating Council of Louisville
The Out-of-School Time Coordinating Council of Louisville is a community partnership convened to create a coordinated system for the enhancement of youth services in Louisville. The founding organizations include Louisville Metro Government, Jefferson County Public Schools and Metro United Way. The Partners work to bridge in-school and out-of-school time which demonstrates out-of-school time as the fundamental support for improving education outcomes.