YES Prep’s partnership with ACE (After-School Centers for Education) doesn’t end on the last day of school; participating YES Prep campuses also offer summer programs. The programs are free, and students have a chance to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and most importantly, academic enrichment.
“Summer programs like those offered on our campuses through ACE help to prevent summer learning loss. They are a fun way for students to bond with teachers and each other,” said Christa Queen-Sutherland, YES Prep’s ACE Project Director.
Paula Prince, ACE coordinator at YES Prep Southwest, wants her campus’s ACE program to feel like a summer camp. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students will take field trips throughout Houston and learn about different career paths.
“We want to expose them to experiences they may not normally have access to,” she said.
When students are not attending field trips, they’ll have a regular camp schedule, including a crafting class focused on scrapbooking, a math and money class that teaches kids to budget and save, a hip-hop dance class with a healthy cooking component, a Critic’s Corner where students watch movies and write creatively, and a CSI Maverick class where students use STEM skills to solve mysteries.
When school starts again in the fall, YES Prep will host ACE X ACE, a free community event offering workshops on nutrition, financial planning, and more. There will be activities for kids, giveaways, and dental and health screenings. Stay tuned for more information in August.