About REAL Kids
REAL Kids is DREAM’s free, award-winning summer learning program that uses the power of teams to help elementary-age youth develop academic, social, and emotional skills through a unique literacy, team building, and baseball/softball curriculum.
REAL Kids will operate remotely this summer for youth in East Harlem and the South Bronx. Learn more about DREAM’s virtual summer programming.
The summer program directly combats the prevalence of summer learning loss among low-income youth. On average, children from low-income families lose nearly three months of grade-level equivalency during the summer each year due to a lack of engaging learning opportunities, compared to an average of less than one month lost by middle-income children.
- Reading level promotion
- Improvement in speaking and listening skills
- Social and emotional development
- Physical fitness and confidence on the field
Making Dreams Real
Carter is a 3rd grade REAL Kid. Over the summer, he read and learned about the Olympics, wrote about his favorite athletes, and played ball. With the support of his Workshop Teacher and Learning Coaches, Carter avoided summer learning loss and went into the new school year strong. It’s no wonder he earned an “E for Effort” award.
All program elements are free.
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