Power Scholars will return for Summer 2022

Did you know that children can lose up to two months of learning during the summer? To prevent this “summer learning loss,” the YMCA of Greater Brandywine offers its Power Scholars Academy program for children ages 5-11.

Power Scholars is a five-week summer learning program for children, mainly from low-income households, who are entering first or sixth grades. Research indicates that children from low-income households reach kindergarten unprepared and continue to fall behind in school, especially over summer breaks. Without intervention, the achievement and opportunity gap widens, often culminating in low high school and college graduation rates and limited job prospects. Power Scholars is designed to tackle this summer learning loss through rigorous math and reading instruction, while also fostering physical, social and emotional growth through field trips and career exploration.

In past years, children in the program have gained up to a ½ month of learning rather than losing two months of learning.

More than 500 children from Chester County have enrolled in the program since it began at YGBW!

Program Cost

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine raises all funds for the program and provides scholarships to each student so there is no cost to them or their families. It costs approximately $1500 for each student in the program.

Sample Schedule

From 9:00 to 11:30 am, there will be reading, writing and math instruction in small groups led by certified teachers. The program will continue from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the afternoon with enrichment and creative arts activities such as music, physical education and STEM. Virtual field trips will be offered on Fridays. *Schedule subject to change due to COVID19 restrictions. 

Detailed schedules will be emailed once admission to the program is granted.


Should you have any questions please contact Kelly Van Sickle at kvansickle@ymcagbw.org or 610-380-9622 ext 2433.