What is the Summer Learning Initiative?
The Summer Learning Initiative (SLI), supported by Hasbro and Women United, is a six-week model that combines hands-on experiences with real-world applications. SLI programs focus on service learning, which helps young people become more engaged with their communities by identifying issues and creating active solutions. Since 2012, the SLI has fostered academic, social, and emotional growth in thousands of local youth.
Request for Proposals
In December 2019, United Way of Rhode Island issued a Summer Learning Initiative request for proposals for 2020 – 2023. United Way received applications that proposed collaborative efforts among organizations, with the shared goal of providing high-quality summer learning opportunities for youth in Rhode Island.
The strongest applications put forth programs that:
- Are non-hierarchical.
- Have clearly defined roles.
- Utilize the strengths of each organization.
- Encourage open and honest communication.
Based on the scores and comments from internal and external reviewers, United Way chose to fund the four communities shown below. These communities are geographically diverse, and will provide access to summer learning experiences for youth with financial or transportation barriers in different parts of the state.
|Community||Lead Organization||Youth Served||Grades||2020 Grant*|
|Central Falls||Central Falls School District||130||5th to 8th grade||$102,265|
|Cranston||Cranston YMCA||150||K to 12th grade||$96,023|
|Newport||Newport Partnership for Families||180||K to 4th grade||$107,870|
|Woonsocket||Connecting for Children and Families||170||3rd to 9th grade||$142,019|
*Grant amounts for summer 2021 and summer 2022 to be determined.
Each lead organization will deliver programming in conjunction with several partner organizations.
Central Falls School District
- Central Falls Prevention Coalition
- Progreso Latino
- Rhode Island Latino Arts
- Shri Yoga
- Cranston Public Library
- Cranston Public Schools/21st Century Community Learning Center
- Global Science & Envirotech, Inc.
- Ocean State Kidz Club
- Roger Williams Park Zoo
Newport Partnership for Families
- Boys & Girls Club of Newport County
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
- East Bay Community Action Program/Newport Family and Child Opportunity Zone
- Newport County YMCA
- Newport Public Schools
Connecting for Children and Families
- Community Care Alliance
- NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley
- Riverzedge Arts
- Woonsocket Education Department