Hey Banyan!

What is Summer Slide?

Keeping youth engaged (and learning) over the summer is no easy task. Parents spend time and resources preventing the summer slide through many enrichment programs.

On top of the normal summer challenges, we know the Covid-19 pandemic has added even more academic and social ramifications for our youth, especially those facing an opportunity gap. As Banyan Community works to curb these outcomes, and prevent the slide, we hope you will join us for an expert discussion on the research, the practice, and the success stories of quality summer programming – an essential strategy to close the gap.

During this Hey Banyan! event in April, Kari Denissen Cunnien, Executive Director of Ignite Afterschool, shared information about the research and best practices of impactful summer programs. Allison Burns, Banyan’s Elementary Program Manager, offered insights on our programming that offers experiential learning opportunities, adult connection, and daily structure. Diamond Jackson reflected on her personal experiences in Banyan’s summer programs.

Thank you for joining us for this important and timely conversation!

Thank you for joining us!

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Banyan Parent

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Banyan Parent

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Banyan Youth

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Banyan Parent

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