Summertime at Madison!
With summer half way done, we wanted to take a minute to fill you in on some of the incredibly exciting and enriching programs that have been happening at our Clubhouses every day!
According to the National Summer Learning Association, most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in math skills over the summer months, with low-income students losing more than two months in reading achievement. We are proud to provide more than 600 of our Clubhouse members with access to critical learning programs and opportunities that combat these statistics and provide them with an outlet to be successful and productive citizens!
At Madison, we encourage members to become caring, responsible members of their community and offer as many hands-on experiences as possible to understand what that means. Last week, our members took a tour of the United Nations and met with delegates from around the globe. They then sat down and met with the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi, to whom they spoke about the various issues facing not only their own communities, but the youth communities around the world. Together, they brainstormed service projects and other cultural enrichment activities that will promote peace and unity not just here in New York but around the world.
While nearly 70% of African-American children do not know how to swim, our program is working to effectively combat that frightening statistic. During the year, more than 700 members participate in our aquatics program, and the summertime is no different! Throughout the summer, our members take part in swimming lessons, swim meets, and lifeguard training programs at our Clubhouse’s pools. Water safety AND fun?! You can’t beat it!
Academic Success is a top priority here at Madison, so when we can combine a love of learning with some good old fashioned fun, everybody wins! This summer, our members have been enhancing their computer and technology skills through a hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program. Members are given bridge specifications and materials and then work together in teams to build the best bridge possible using their math skills! With women a startling minority within the math and technology field, Madison is proud to offer this comprehensive program to all of our members!
Believing in the power of partnerships, Madison worked together with SuitUp which is an organization that “brings Corporate America into the classroom.” With more than 80 staff members from Guggenheim Partners on hand, our members worked together to build a sneaker brand from start to finish! From conceptualizing the sneaker, to marketing, advertising, and then creating and presenting the final product, our members were able to see how various industries are connected and how much goes into launching just one product within a brand.
Posted on Tue, August 11, 2015
by Christa McCarthy-Miller