Last week, the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) announced the Andy Roddick Foundation as one of the winners of the 2019 New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award.
Out of nearly 250 applicants, the winning programs met the rigorous criteria for this national recognition that included helping students cement skills learned during the school year, effective family engagement strategies, and inclusive and innovative programming to serve the diverse needs of children and their families.
From Austin to Baltimore, award honorees spanned the country, providing children with high-quality summer experiences such as using national parks to build the literacy skills of ESL (English as a Second Language) students, pre-med internships and developing valuable social-emotional learnings.
Each of the award-winning programs will receive $10,000, courtesy of the New York Life Foundation and Lands’ End. They also will be recognized in a ceremony at the NSLA’s National Conference in Atlanta on October 21 – 23, 2019.
The Andy Roddick Foundation also became the first Austin-based program to win the national award.
About the New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award
The New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award recognizes outstanding summer programs that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for low-income children and youth between pre-kindergarten and twelfth grade.
Since 2004, the Excellence in Summer Learning Award program has been a critical strategy of the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to support the growth and visibility of high-quality summer learning programs.