The Oregon Community Foundation has announced that it will be awarding $41.2 million in state-funded grants in support of summer academic and enrichment programs to K-12 students.
The funding includes $40 million in K-12 Summer Learning Grants for community-based programs in the arts, sports, workforce development, and science; programs for underserved youth and families disproportionately impacted by COVID-19; and programs focused on youth living in under-resourced rural communities. The remaining $1.2 million includes support for parent-child summer programming, including group classes and activities that provide social and learning opportunities for young children and their parents, play groups, and kindergarten-readiness programs.
"The pandemic has caused widespread learning loss and social-emotional setbacks with youth, while also amplifying learning disparities across racial and socioeconomic lines," said Lisa Bermudez, development and marketing director of the Bend Science Station. "The expertise, training, and connections of OCF will help organizations to successfully re-engage youth — particularly marginalized youth — and make up for lost learning this summer."