A Whole New World for Young Scholars
July 29, 2008 – Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. At least the afternoons are easy for 70 rising third- through eighth-graders from Trenton, participating in Young Scholars’ Institute’s (YSI) Summer Enrichment Program (SEP).
One of Young Scholars’ Institute’s core programs, SEP offers instruction in mathematics and language arts in the morning and a full calendar of recreational and cultural activities in the afternoon. It remains one of a small number of summer programs in the area with an academic component, which makes it extremely popular with parents determined to keep their children on track scholastically.
This year’s theme is “a whole new world”. Curriculum coordinator Tyheshia Davis explained, “the concept of A Whole New World is to encourage students to use their imaginations and connect to other countries without leaving the classroom.”
The program is being funded by an $80,000 grant from long-time benefactor Bristol-Myers Squibb. The company has supported the program since 1992 through its Community of Learners initiative, which underwrites summer academic enrichment programs for at-risk youth throughout Central New Jersey.
In recent years, students have enjoyed bowling, swimming, rock climbing, miniature golfing and butterfly watching. They have also visited the Philadelphia Zoo and the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, among other destinations. The program provides participants with a safe haven during the day, as well as an opportunity to better prepare themselves once school resumes in September.
“As long as I can remember, Bristol-Myers Squibb has been a key partner of ours. Year after year, they have made it possible for at-risk elementary and middle school students to participate in this exciting program,” said YSI founder and executive director Jerri Morrison. “They understand the importance of inner-city children staying engaged in positive activities during the summer months.”
“Bristol-Myers Squibb has a long history of supporting education in the communities where our employees work and live,” said Frederick J. Egenolf, Director, Community Affairs. “We are pleased to help bring this worthwhile summer program to the children of Trenton.”
The summer enrichment program is one of many YSI programs offered to children of all ages throughout the year. Others include college tours, SAT Preparation, college admissions workshops and tutoring. For more information about YSI, contact associate director Leslie Summiel at (609) 393-3220.