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Fun in the Sun

Thank you for your interest in Fun in the Sun. Our application process is now closed for the summer of 2015. Please note that due to the number of applications received, we will only contact the applicants selected for this year’s program. If you are not contacted by June 1, 2015 you will be placed on the waiting list and contacted ONLY if a spot becomes available. We encourage you to apply again next year!

Gracias por su interés en Fun in the Sun. Nuestro proceso de solicitud se ha cerrado para el verano del 2015. Tenga en cuenta que debido a la gran cantidad de solicitudes recibidas, sólo contactaremos a los candidatos seleccionados para el programa de este año. Si no ha recibido una llamada para el 1ero de Junio del 2015, se le colocará en la lista de espera y será contactado SÓLO si una plaza llega a ser disponible. ¡Esperamos que intente de nuevo el próximo año!



What is Fun in the Sun?

Fun in the Sun is a 6 week summer learning program for local academically and financially at-risk children and families. It is Santa Barbara County's oldest and largest public/private partnership dedicated to long-term improvement in the lives of low-income children and families. In 2012, FITS was named the winner of the National Excellence in Summer Learning Award by the National Summer Learning Association.

The program directly addresses summer learning loss and the achievement gap between low-income students and their middle/upper-income peers. Fun in the Sun does this through hands-on, project-based lessons, utilizing the best services and ideas from more than 70 local public and private organizations.

What services are provided through Fun in the Sun?

  • Adult Mentorship
  • Character Education
  • Daily Reading/Writing
  • Environmental Education
  • Expression through Arts
  • Family Fun Nights
  • Financial Literacy Training
  • Field Trips
  • Free Health Services
  • Free Lunch & Snack Daily
  • Nutrition & Health Education
  • Parent Education Seminars
  • Self-Esteem Building Activities
  • Service-Learning
  • STEAM Education
  • Sun Safety Education
  • Swim Lessons
  • Team-Building Activities
  • And many more!

What are Fun in the Sun's results?

In 2014, 93% of participants maintained or displayed gains in their literacy skills, according to pre and post assessments. FITS's results have been so extraordinary that in 2012, FITS was named winner of the 2012 National Excellence in Summer Learning Award by the National Summer Learning Association, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University and leading research body on summer learning loss and its effect on the achievement gap.

Why Fun in the Sun?

Because client parents spend much of their time working (on average, 2.2 jobs each), their children are often unsupervised during the summer, exposed to behavioral risks and “summer learning loss” of up to three months in prior learning achievements each summer, as documented by researchers and educators. Indeed, Johns Hopkins University researchers have more than 20 years of data to show that, due to its cumulative effect, “by ninth grade, summer learning loss can be blamed for roughly two-thirds of the achievement gap separating income groups” (TIME Magazine, August 2, 2010).

FITS provides students and their families with unique and engaging learning experiences to reduce and reverse summer learning loss and narrow the achievement gap between lower-income students and their middle/upper-income peers.

Who is involved with Fun in the Sun?