Research demonstrates the presence of supportive adults (mentors) in a young person’s life correlates with positive youth outcomes. In high quality programs, adult staff intentionally show interest in youth as individuals and seek youth input. Students feel comfortable approaching staff when problems arise, and know that staff will listen and help. In response, students respect and work cooperatively with staff. Building this mutual respect among students and caring adults is critical to supporting a positive program climate.
Zoo New England (4th and 5th grade)
Students at the Franklin Park Zoo’s summer learning program learn about wildlife and conservation through hands-on learning at the zoo, as well as math and ELA curricula. Zoo New England is part of the Summer Learning Project, partnering with BPS and BASB to prevent summer learning loss.