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Summer Brain Gain

Developmentally appropriate, project-based learning experiences are designed to keep young people engaged throughout the summer. Club or Youth Center youth can stay on track while having fun with their peers, exploring new topics and ideas, and learning important skills along the way. For a quick overview of all the Summer Brain Gain modules, check out this chart.

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Summer Brain Gain, Group Agreements 6-9

Summer Brain Gain: Group Agreements, Ages 6-9

In this module, youth get to know each other and develop their Group Agreements for the summer.

  • Program type
    Targeted program
  • Age level
    Ages 6-9
  • Group size
    10-15
Summer Brain Gain, Around the World 6-9

Summer Brain Gain: Around the World, Ages 6-9

In this module, youth will be introduced to different countries around the world and compare/contrast their lives with those of youth in other countries.

  • Program type
    Targeted program
  • Age level
    Grades k-2
    Ages 6-9
  • Group size
    10-15
Summer Brain Gain, Animal Habitats 6-9

Summer Brain Gain: Animal Habitats, Ages 6-9

In this module, youth will learn about various animal habitats and explore which species live in each habitat through activities.

  • Program type
    Targeted program
  • Age level
    Grades k-2
  • Group size
    10-15
Summer Brain Gain, Entrepreneurship 6-9

Summer Brain Gain: Entrepreneurship, Ages 6-9

In this Early Elementary module, youth will work through the various steps of starting a business – such as becoming an entrepreneur, conducting market research, dev

  • Program type
    Targeted program
  • Age level
    Grades k-2
    Ages 6-9
  • Group size
    10-15
Summer Brain Gain, Storytelling

Summer Brain Gain: Storytelling, Ages 6-9

In this module, youth will work in teams to tell a story using storyboards, scripts and puppets.

  • Program type
    Targeted program
  • Age level
    Grades k-2
    Ages 6-9
  • Group size
    10-15
Summer Brain Gain READ, "My Family Plays Music"

Summer Brain Gain READ: "My Family Plays Music," Ages 6-9

Facilitator will read “My Family Plays Music” by Judy Cox to the group.

  • Program type
    Targeted program
  • Age level
    Grades k-2
    Ages 6-9
  • Group size
    10-15
Summer Brain Gain READ, Mystery Stories

Summer Brain Gain READ: Mystery Stories, Ages 6-9

In this module, youth will explore a variety of mystery and detective books during the week as they build observation and logic skills.

  • Program type
    Targeted program
  • Age level
    Grades k-2
    Ages 6-9
  • Group size
    10-15
Summer Brain Gain READ, "The Day You Begin"

Summer Brain Gain READ: “The Day You Begin,” Ages 6-9

In this module, youth will interact with this book about both struggling with and celebrating being unique. Youth will write stories and poems, culminating in a Story Café to showcase their work.

  • Program type
    Targeted program
  • Age level
    Grades k-2
    Ages 6-9
  • Group size
    10-15
Summer Brain Gain READ, "Grace For President"

Summer Brain Gain READ: “Grace for President,” Ages 6-9

In this module, youth will read about Grace, who decides to try to become the first female president of the United States.

  • Program type
    Targeted program
  • Age level
    Grades k-2
    Ages 6-9
  • Group size
    10-15
Summer Brain Gain READ, Go Forth and Be Super!

Summer Brain Gain READ: Go Forth and Be Super!, Ages 6-9

In this Early Elementary module, youth explore imaginary superheroes in comic books, at school and in their community.

  • Program type
    Targeted program
  • Age level
    Grades k-2
    Ages 6-9
  • Group size
    10-15