Helping Communities Better Understand Where and Why Kids Youth Miss Out on Summer Opportunities

View Give a Summer's new report on youth access to summer opportunities at 5 Boston area public middle schools and how schools, and eventually communities, can translate those findings into specific actions to increase youth access to summer opportunities. Give a Summer's report is the most comprehensive, in-depth look to date at access to summer opportunities in Boston or in any community in the United States, drawing on detailed surveys with with more than 500 student and 200 parents over two years. 

The findings from Give a Summer’s partnership with five Boston area public middle schools should galvanize summer advocates by highlighting how we fall well short of substantive access to summer opportunities for all students. Give a Summer’s work goes further, showing how even the opportunity to become interested in summer programs in the first place varies considerably across schools and neighborhoods. Additionally, Give a Summer’s work illustrates how better understanding youth access to summer opportunities can empower youth-serving organizations, and when done at scale, the communities in which they serve, with powerful insights so they can then more effectively help their students access summer opportunities.

 Read about more of the school-specific insights and suggestions in the reports below: 

Below are public, anonymized versions of the reports Give a Summer created for our school partners. Give a Summer is also sharing 1 page summaries we created for our partners as well as action sheets we created for each homeroom teacher that highlight particular students, and those students’ summer preferences and challenges, who might especially benefit from personalized support.

For schools we continue to work with, we label them School A, School B, etc. so that you can look at how the summer opportunities and challenges at the same school can change – or stay the same – from year to year.

2015 - 2016 school year

  • Public report from fall 2015 work with School A, a Boston area public middle school (93% student response rate to surveys)
  • Public report from fall 2015 work with School B, a Boston area public middle school (98% student response rate to surveys)
  • Public report from fall 2015 work with School C, a Boston area public middle school (90% student response rate to surveys). 1 page summary of key actions for School C. 
  • Public report from fall 2015 work with School D, a Boston area public middle school (87% student response rate to surveys). 1 page summary of key actions for School D. 
  • Public report from fall 2015 work with School E, a Boston area public middle school (71% student response rate to surveys). 1 page summary of key actions for School E. 
    • Action sheet created for each classroom teacher highlighting a few students whom the teacher might most help access summer programs as well as information about those students [this data is illustrative]

2014 - 2015 school year

  • Public report from 227 student surveys in May 2015 at a program in schools across the Boston area
  • Public report from spring 2015 work with School A, a Boston area public middle school (96% student response rate to surveys)
  • Public report from spring 2015 work with School B, a Boston area public middle school (98% student response rate to surveys)
  • Public report from spring 2015 work with School C, a Boston area public middle school (95% student response rate to surveys)
  • Public report from spring 2015 work with School D, a Boston area public middle school (82% student response rate to surveys)