"Books matter so much, in fact, that even a summer away from them has a detrimental impact on achievement." (Scholastic) Many of us can afford to send our children to camp to keep them engaged and learning through the summer months, but what of those that cannot? According to the Washington Post, "Poor students start out behind their more affluent peers and fall further behind each year -- and most of the loss occurs when school is out. By the end of elementary school, Hopkins researchers found, poor children trail middle-income classmates by three grade levels." (de Vise)
That is where LitWorld comes in. We are closing the achievement gap with our LitCamps, which reinvent the summer camp model with innovation. Unlike summer programs that lock "at-risk" students inside in front of chalk boards memorizing vocabulary, the LitCamp builds on the confidence-building, friendship-focused model of learning created for the LitClubs, and combines the best of what campers love about camp, into a high-quality experiential literacy learning workshop spanning from 7 days to 5 weeks.
Run at no cost to the community, LitCamps offer children a safe space to come together to sing, dance, read, write, place sports, try their hand at cooking or a new art, and create their own safe community space to learn, explore, and grow. A mixed gender program for children ages 6-16, LitCamps offer a variety of activities for children with a variety of interests, a leadership program for those who wish to make a difference in their community, and the reading and writing support needed to help our kids continue to succeed throughout the summer.
Accomplished so far:
• Summer 2010 and Summer 2011, piloted LitCamp programming in Harlem and Dobbs Ferry, NY
• Summer 2012 ran 5-week LitCamp in Harlem, NY and 1-week LitCamp in Kibera, Kenya, reaching over 200 children
• Currently planning winter 2013 LitCamp for Manila, Philippines and summer 2013 LitCamps for Harlem, NY and Kibera, Kenya