Future Opportunities

Summer Learning Academies

All kids are born with unlimited potential, and all deserve high expectations and real opportunities. Summer Learning Academies are designed to help more students achieve their full potential.

Make Summer Matter

Looking for a new kind of fun this summer? Consider a Summer Learning Academies experience!

Some kids are going to build rockets, create robots, and explore the earth through science. Some will produce art, go on outdoor adventures, and learn new dances. Some high schoolers will have a chance to earn while they learn, AND prepare for success in college. And it could be you!

How to apply?

  • Check to see if your address is in the Hope Zone. Students from all over Grand Rapids are welcome to apply. However, priority enrollment is given to students residing in the Hope Zone.
  • Click the button above for the age group you are interested in.
  • Review the programs that are available for that age group.
  • When you’ve selected your program of interest, click the “Apply Now” button to apply online right away! You may also download an application and submit it to the program directly.

Program providers will follow-up with families within two weeks of receiving the application.

Summer Learning Fun!

Why Summer Learning?

You have mad potential! You were born with it. So how can you develop that potential, and become an achiever? Believe in yourself. Believing in your power to make positive choices for your life. Expect a lot of yourself. Set big goals, and work hard to achieve them. Seize every good opportunity that comes your way. And participation in Summer Learning Academies is one of those good opportunities! Apply today!

Important Insights

During summer months, many students lose more than two months in academic achievement. Over time, this “summer learning loss” adds up, and results in lower graduation rates.

As a set of research-based educational, enrichment and work experiences designed to stop summer learning loss, Summer Learning Academies combine fun academic enrichment endeavors, activities designed to foster success mindsets and behaviors, campus visits, and work experiences.

In Summer Learning Academies, students gain measurable weeks of learning by improving math skills, reading books, performing music, taking field trips, designing publications, and more.

Since 2010, Believe 2 Become Summer Learning Academies have provided innovative learning opportunities to thousands of young children and their families, serving over 8,000 local youth.