For many kids, summer time means playing out doors, joining summer camps and taking a break from learning. But thanks to a new partnership with Big Thought and generous donations, middle school scholars at Uplift Heights Preparatory and primary school scholars Uplift Triumph Preparatory were able to enjoy their summer while staying engaged in learning throughout the break.
Thriving Minds Summer Camp is one of many Big Thought programs that allows the non-profit to work with community organizations to support or implement summer programs that meet the academic needs of participants and maximize the knowledge and resources of the partners.
“Being able to partner with Uplift has really been the perfect marriage of two value-aligned organizations that are invested in finding innovative ways to keep students engaged in learning,” said Gigi Antoni, Big Though CEO and president.
At Uplift Triumph, primary scholars participated in fun hands-on activities in the arts with lessons in subjects like math and language arts to help them refine and retain their academic skills over the summer.
The middle school program at Uplift Heights included exploration of higher education and career paths as participants spent their time interacting with working professionals in a variety of career fields such as visual arts, dance and theatre.
“We are so grateful to Big Thought and all of our generous donors who came together and made this program a reality for our scholars. Summer is such a critical time for students to continue learning so they are set up for success on the first day. Thriving Minds is a great combination of giving scholars the opportunity to apply math and literacy skills while enjoying all the benefits of a fun summer camp,” said Yasmin Bhatia Uplift CEO.
The Communities Foundation of Texas donated just under $140,000 along with several other donors to launch the program at Uplift.
“CFT was pleased to provide seed funding to give Big Thought and Uplift the opportunity to form this wonderful summer learning partnership. It’s been exciting to watch these two highly effective organizations come together in a very short period of time to impact Uplift students in such a big way. We hope this is just the beginning of collaborative efforts between the two organizations that will impact many more students across North Texas in years to come,” said Monica Egert Smith, community philanthropy director for CFT.