YMCA Power Scholars


For Wilkes-Barre Area School District Students
Wilkes-Barre Area High School
2021 Wolf Pack Way
Plains, PA, 18705

For Bear Creek Community Charter School Students (And All Other Districts)
Bear Creek Community Charter School
30 Charter School Way
Wilkes-Barre, PA, 18702

What is Power Scholars Academy?

Power Scholars Academy is a FREE, 6-week summer learning program that advances academic achievement with a morning of math and literacy taught by certified teachers, afternoon enrichment activities such as art, music, outdoor education and active games. The program also includes free breakfast, lunch and snack.

Community Time: Students, called “scholars,” start the day with a nutritious breakfast and activities that develop leadership skills and strong friendships with fellow scholars and staff.

Literacy & Math: Certified teachers lead fun and exciting reading and math lessons.

Lunch & Recreation: Scholars eat a healthy lunch and enjoy supervised fun; outdoors and in.

Afternoon Fun: Scholars rotate through a wide variety of enrichment opportunities during the afternoon that focus on the arts, science, technology, career exploration, physical activity and games, health and fitness, and community and career exploration.

Field Trips: As possible, field trips and reverse field trips visiting PSA sites expose scholars to a rich array of resources in and around our community.

Family Engagement: All families are encouraged to become involved with their scholars’ experiences and treated to special events that celebrate their scholars’ achievements.

Academic Curriculum: The Power Scholars Academy program focuses on academic instruction in literacy and mathematics. The YMCA’s academic partner is BellXcel which has more than 25 years of providing proven and successful out-of-school time learning programs.

Program provision and student participation is dependent upon available funding. Funded in part by the Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA, United Way of Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre Area School District, Bear Creek Community Charter School, and other donors.

Thank You to Our Power Scholars 2024 Funders!