The Power Academy narrows the educational achievement gap through curriculum-based STEM and literacy activities for students in grades K-8 attending afterschool, OST and summer day camp programs.
The mission of Power Academy afterschool and full-day summer camp program is to narrow the educational achievement gap through engaging hands on activities that provide exposure to and application of STEM concepts and increase literacy skills through guided reading exercises and performing arts while supporting Social Emotional Learning.
The New York City Mission Society is committed to interrupting cycles of intergenerational poverty by providing educational programs that close the achievement gap in low-income communities.
Each year the Mission Society serves more than 1,000 public school students attending afterschool and out-of-school time programs. In addition to providing homework help and healthy recreational activities we have invested our resources in developing three unique curricula that are keyed to common core standards for STEM, English Language Arts, and social emotional learning.
Innovation Station. Our STEM curricula provides opportunities for students to take a deep dive into concepts learned during the school day by engaging in fun activities that explore the process of scientific inquiry through monthly hands-on “engineering” challenges like building a suspension bridge using gumballs and toothpicks! These activities provide the opportunity to increase their vocabulary, test hypotheses, work in groups, learn from trial and error and celebrate successes. Innovation Station builds grit, and self-confidence while instilling the values of team-building and resiliency.
Pages to Stages uses culturally sensitive folktales and fables together with the dramatic arts to reinforce foundational literacy skills and empower young readers at every level. Students read stories in these genres from around the world, while developing their ability to answer questions about a text, retell a story using key details and story elements, and understand the concept of point of view. In addition to building key literacy skills, Pages to Stages introduces students to theatrical production, including acting, costume and set design. At the end of each semester, students participate in a performance attended by parents, family, and their broader school community.
LitUP! is our earliest opportunity for intervention when closing the achievement gap. Designed for grades K-1 with consideration for English Language Learners, LitUp! builds foundational literacy through phonics and engaging read-aloud activities for children. Students master sight words, expand their vocabulary and learn a variety of decoding strategies to develop and improve reading fluency.
Power Academy Summer Day Camp offers the opportunity to halt the summer learning slide through a full day of engagement with our students. Each year our educators develop camp themes that include instruction, hands on learning opportunities and exciting field trips. Weekly field trips include zoos, botanic gardens, urban farms, science museums, architecture walks, local parks and much more. Using multidisciplinary learning techniques, we help children reflect on and internalize their summer’s experience by journaling about their trips and distributing stickers to mark accomplishments in each subject area they explored.
The summer program culminates in two large events, Olympic Day and Cranium Crunch. Hosted at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, and powered by staff and volunteers, Olympic Day is a day of field events, team-building exercises, and health, fitness, and nutrition activities.
Cranium Crunch is an all-site science fair, where teams of students show the success of their group projects and demonstrate the skills and information they have learned in a fun competition.
For more information, contact AnnDenise Brown, Sr. Director of Children’s Programs.
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