YMCA Power Scholars

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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.

Day in the Life of a Power Scholar

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.

Summer 2023: Two Power Scholar Locations

Heights Murray Elementary School

1 S. Sherman St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Dates: June 26th-August 3rd (Monday through Thursday)

*No Program on July 4th*

Times: 8:30am-3:00pm

Grades: Kindergarten – 4th, in the Wilkes Barre Area School District

Transportation is NOT available for this location. Scholars should plan to be dropped off and picked up.

Tuition: FREE

Bear Creek Community Charter School

30 Charter School Way, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Dates: June 26th-August 3rd (Monday through Thursday)

*No Program on July 4th*

Times: 8:30am-3:00pm

Grades: Kindergarten – 4th, serving BCCCS students and all other Luzerne County School Districts

Transportation IS available for this location. Buses leave from Miner Park in Wilkes Barre at approximately 8:00am and return at 3:00PM.

Tuition: FREE