An Update on The 100 Summer Academy

(March 17th, 2021)

On behalf of the 100 Black Men of Indianapolis Summer Academy, we hope you are staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. Please remain vigilant, protected, and informed during these challenging times and know that brighter days are ahead of us. Please take a moment to take the Summer Academy 2021 pandemic programming assessment to assist us in gauging each of our family’s readiness.

The Summer Academy committee continues discussions about what makes the most sense for the 2021 summer academy. We want you to know we are keeping the safety of our scholars, staff, and families at the forefront of those discussions. We want to communicate with you a few important updates as we continue to plan out what this year will look like for the program.

●      Presently we are discussing with several program partners to include the Indianapolis Public Schools about what use of their facilities in a safe but modified way could look like.

●      We anticipate a significantly reduced number of participants and a more than likely modified (alternating daily attendance) in-person schedule for 2021. We are committed to providing the safest and healthiest environment for our scholars and staff, should in-person programming occur.

●      Currently, our after-care program partner will not offer an on-site after-care option for 2021.

●      The organization remains committed to not raising registration fees to cover the expected increased cost required for in-person programming in 2021. However, the financial impact to operate under the CDC’s operating school recommendations and the Marion County Health Department’s schools reopening guidelines requires the organization to secure additional financial support from yet-to-be-identified funders.

●      We intend to communicate an operating decision with families around April. If plans can be solidified before April, we will be sure to share that via email.

●      Those electing a 2020 Family Credit will receive priority registration in whatever environment is selected for the 2021 program year.

We are keenly aware that the gap for students is widening during the pandemic, and some researchers have said it could last a lifetime. The need to address the gap is more prevalent than it has ever been before. Our committee is working tirelessly to address the gap and pandemic fatigue in the safest and most efficient way possible.

100 Black Men, Indianapolis – Summer Academy

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