The Ulysses S. Grant Foundation is a summer academic program for New Haven middle schoolers. Taking place on the Yale University campus, the program offers students two different types of classes: Humanities and math/science-oriented Investigations. Students also participate in electives and extracurriculars, ranging from sports and games to debate and creative writing classes.
As they will tell you themselves, students truly love the U.S. Grant experience. As 9th grader Alexandra Miranda puts it, “U.S. Grant is where I can be me!” The program teaches students that learning and fun don’t have to be mutually exclusive, as 8th grader Taylor Nelson explains: “To me, U.S. grant is a learning society of fun!” Parents can see a noticeable difference in how their children approach learning after participating in the program. Karyn Gallgaher was amazed by her daughter’s increase in motivation. “The fun, hands-on approach to learning captured my daughter’s interest and kept her motivated all summer. My daughter is talking about different options for her future profession. She seems to have a new interest in biology thanks to [U.S. Grant],” she says. Parents appreciate the effort U.S. Grant takes to keep learning fun, as mother Lori Brigham explains: “Some parents send their children to intense school during the summer, others just to camps. Grant finds that delicate balance between learning and still being a child and having a summer of fun. ”The U.S. Grant program is the perfect place for students to keep up their learning over the summer.
Through a unique balance of learning and fun, U.S. Grant inspires students to be more motivated both in school and in life. As mother Kelly Laughlin so aptly summarizes, “Never forget the positive, formative impact this program has not only on kids but also on the entire family dynamic: By salvaging these summers, you’re altering the arc of young lives — upwards!”
For more information, visit the U.S. Grant website.