Summer Foundation engages in activities, and provide support for other organizations and programs, that advance the education and lifelong learning of students in need from kindergarten through university in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (“STEAM”), especially during the summer months, when underserved populations are shown to be at the greatest risk of learning loss. Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Our Mission

Summer learning loss is the decrease in academic skills and knowledge when school is out of session during the course of summer vacation. This loss varies across grade level, subject, and family income. Numerous studies have shown this phenomenon is correlated to family socioeconomic status, with poor families suffering the greatest loss in academic skills and knowledge when school is not in session.

The principal beneficiaries of the foundation’s work are children, young adults, and their parents of lower socioeconomic status that seek knowledge across science, engineering, and arts disciplines during the summer months. 

Our Goal

Through memorable project-based, hands-on experiences, the Foundation creates an open learning environment of applied knowledge that fosters student agency, and critical thinking of the learner. The goal is to keep students sharp in their academic thinking when they are at the greatest risk of loss.

Our Values

The classroom has no walls. Whether a person is raised in the inner city, suburbs, or rural America, everyone should have the opportunity to learn in an experiential way outside of formal learning programs.