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FITS Application Period Has Closed

The Fun in the Sun 2016 application process is now closed. If you are interested in being placed on the waiting list for the summer of 2016, please visit our office and fill out a paper application at:
United Way of Santa Barbara County
320 East Gutierrez
Santa Barbara, California 93101
Please note that only the applicants selected to participate in the program will be contacted. If you have not been contacted by June 1, 2016, please apply next year. Thank you for your interest in Fun in the Sun!

El proceso de solicitud para Fun in the Sun 2016 ha cerrado. Si usted está interesado en ser colocado en la lista de espera para el verano 2016, por favor visite nuestra oficina y llene  una solicitud personalmente en:
United Way del Condado de Santa Bárbara
320 East Gutiérrez
Santa Bárbara , California 93101
Tenga en cuenta que sólo serán contactados los candidatos seleccionados para participar en el programa . Si usted no ha sido contactado para el 1ero de junio del 2016, por favor intente el próximo año. ¡Gracias por su interés en Fun in the Sun!

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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 2015, 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?