June 22, 2022
Issue No. 47
NSLA Teams Up with Clear Channel Outdoor to Help America's Youth Tap the Power of Summer

Dear Summer Learning Community,
Summer is here and we want to make sure all families and caregivers provide great learning opportunities and experiences to their children. To make it easier for them to find resources and sign up for programs, NSLA teamed up with numerous program providers and our partners at InPlay, IHeartRadio, and Clear Channel Outdoor to create and promote The website lists nearly 30,000 local programs in 4,000 communities in all 50 U.S. states. Read the press release.

The national campaign to promote Discover Summer kicked off in Times Square, and includes ads on nearly 2,000 outdoor digital billboards and public service announcements on 800 U.S. radio stations. As U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona noted, “Quality summer learning and enrichment programs are key to recovering from the pandemic. These programs are crucial for parents and caregivers. I’m grateful to NSLA and their partners for providing as a great resource for families to navigate their options.”
Please check out, post and share the link below and let us know how we can support, promote and celebrate your quality programs for young people this summer.
In partnership,
The National Summer Learning Association Team
Summer Learning Week Social Media Partner Toolkit
One of the key ways we can sustain and bring even more attention and support to your programs is to collectively celebrate National Summer Learning Week from July 11-15. Hundreds of events will be taking place across the country this year and it is our field’s chance to invite local families, partners, media, funders and policymakers to see the impact of creative programs in action.
This year's themes include: Fostering Friendships, Love of Literacy & Learning, Wonders of Wellness, Summer Skill-Building, and Amazing Arts. We are excited to introduce our new social media toolkit below to help you plan events and raise awareness. The Social Media Partner Toolkit includes:

  • Social media blurbs you can easily use on any channel
  • Official hashtags and NSLA social media handles
  • National Summer Learning Week logos, graphics, and pictures
  • New social media camera frame for TikTok, Instagram Reels, or anywhere else!
NSLA's Summer Policy Interns Have Arrived in Washington DC!
NSLA believes summer internships are one of the most effective and impactful forms of learning over the summer. We also believe that unpaid internships are one of the most unfair and inequitable forms of summer learning. Nowhere do you see this more clearly than on Capitol Hill. In response, NSLA is proud to welcome 10 young dynamic leaders who are alumni of partner programs for an all expense paid summer policy internship working on Capitol Hill. 

We are grateful to our partners at the NBA Foundation for their support of this inaugural project. Our interns have been placed in internships, participate in weekly leadership, networking, policy and social events, and receive financial support to make the experience possible including flights, housing, food, metro card, a weekly stipend and professional wardrobe allowance.
“I’m so grateful for this experience through NSLA. Between meeting other enthusiastic interns who I can share meaningful experiences with and relate to, and the awesome, kind, and considerate staff, there is no other way I’d rather undertake the task of being a Hill intern.”

Anya Bibbs
Yale University
Intern at the Office of US Senator of Georgia Jon Ossoff
NSLA Partners with American Camp Association to Promote Camp-School Initiatives
To leverage new funding available for summer learning, and to highlight the importance of creative, communal partnerships, NSLA has teamed up with the American Camp Association (ACA) to partner, fund, and support partnership programs for young people run jointly by camps and schools.

"The need for summer learning and enrichment opportunities has never been greater,” said Aaron Dworkin, CEO, NSLA. “Helping young people experience the unique camp experience with their schoolmates and teachers promises to engage them and ease the transition back to school.”
With support from the New York Life Foundation, we are working with the following camp partners who will work with their local schools. The partnerships are happening in 10 areas across the U.S. this year, with plans to double the number of camps and participants in 2023. Program partners include:
  • AstroCamp by Guided Discoveries, Idyllwild, CA
  • Camp Twin Lakes, Winder, GA
  • Mo-Ranch’s Outdoor Education Ministries, Kerrville, Ingram, and Hunt, TX
  • Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville, NY
  • TrailBlazers Overnight Camp, Montague, NJ
  • Camp Mendocino by Boys and Girls Clubs, San Francisco, CA
  • Camp Whitcomb/Mason by Boys & Girls Clubs, Greater Milwaukee, WI
  • Hale Outdoor Learning Adventures, Westwood, MA
  • Camp Uncommon by Change Summer, Bristol, RI
  • Camp Echo Lake, Warrensburg, NY
Early-Bird Registration is Now Open for NSLA's Summer Changes Everything™ Conference
October 24 - 26, 2022
NSLA's annual national Summer Changes Everything conference will take place in Washington DC at the historic Mayflower Hotel from October 24-26, 2022. Join nearly 1,000 cross-sector civic and education leaders from across the U.S. focused on providing high quality summer learning experiences to every young person in the country.

Connect and learn with peer leaders from schools, districts, state education agencies, non-profit intermediaries, camps, colleges, community-based organizations, youth serving government agencies, research organizations, industry and more!

Early bird pricing ends June 30!
Keynote Speakers

Best-selling author, and Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, The New York Times 

Chief People Officer, Vice Media Group and author, Inclusion Revolution 
Additional presenters include:

  • Hedy Chang, Founder and Executive Director, Attendance Works
  • Shawn Dove, Author, Managing Partner, New Profit
  • Jon Fortt, Anchor, CNBC
  • Jodi Grant, Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance
  • Reggie Love, Senior Advisor, Apollo Capital
  • Carissa Moffat Miller, CEO, Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Chris Minnich, CEO, Northwest Education Association
  • Becky Pringle, President, National Education Association
  • Tom Rosenberg, President & CEO, American Camp Association
  • Fatima Shama, Chief Diversity Officer, Bloomberg LP
  • David Shapiro, CEO, MENTOR
  • Jennifer Sirangelo, President & CEO, 4-H National
  • Malbert Smith, Co-founder, President & CEO, MetaMetrics
NSLA In The News
Check out these recent news articles highlighting NSLA, our partners, and the importance of summer learning.

New Resources for Families and Programs
Parks and Recreation Community Toolkit

National Recreation and Park Association recently released a new resource, Community Wellness Hubs: A Toolkit for Advancing Community Health and Well-Being Through Parks and Recreation  This toolkit is a first-of-its-kind resource that elevates the critical role park and recreation professionals play in advancing community health and well-being. It places parks and recreation at the center of bringing people, services and healthy environments together where we live, learn, work and play.

Child Tax Credit

Friends, now is the time for summer learning programs to help families claim the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC)! More than 4 million kids, primarily those in households with low incomes, are at risk of missing out on the CTC, which provides up to $3,600 per child. While the tax filing deadline has passed, families with no or low incomes can continue to file to claim the CTC without penalty.

In May, a simplified online filing portal,, relaunched. The portal, created by Code for America in collaboration with the U.S. government, makes it easier for families without filing obligations to claim the credit. 
For more program, policy, and funding resources, events and opportunities, join our summer learning community by clicking the button below.