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Since 1997, United Way of Santa Barbara County has provided Fun in the Sun, a national award-winning summer learning collaborative program involving 80 service delivery partners, 20+ funding partners, and over 600 volunteers. Originally designed to address summer learning loss, FITS has expanded its academic curriculum and services to position itself as a holistic space to support students and their families throughout the summer. Enriched with a robust mindfulness program, STEAM activities, mentorship opportunities, environmental education, and field trips, the program offers hundreds of students and families throughout the community with an enriching summer experience.


Participants at FITS



2022  Program Services


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

Mindfulness Curriculum & Activities

Nutrition & Health Education

Parent Education Seminars

Self-Esteem Building Activities


STEAM Education

Sun Safety Education

Swim Lessons

Team-Building Activities


2021  |  Results


Results of the 2022 FITS program


Why Fun in the Sun?

Local data suggests that parents of students eligible for the Fun in the Sum summer program work on average, 2.2 jobs each. As school lets out for the summer, many parents from low-resource communities struggle to balance an intense workload and lack of resources with the needs of their children. Despite best efforts, many of these children spend the summer alone, without access to learning tools and basic needs that are offered during the traditional school year, like reading help and daily meals and snacks. These students are at the highest risk for summer learning loss, a major contributor to the achievement gap between students from low and high-income households. 

Fun in the Sun provides students and their families with unique and engaging learning experiences to reduce and reverse summer learning loss and narrow the achievement gap, ensuring academic success during the school year and beyond.



Service Delivery Partners | Fun in the Sun 2021

School Districts 


Buellton Union School District

Carpinteria Unified School District

Goleta Union School District

Santa Barbara Unified School District

Solvang School District

College School District

Mindfulness & Environment 


Everybody Dance Now!

Explore Ecology

Hospice of Santa Barbara County

Inner Explorer

Inner Warrior

Kind Mind

Nature Track 

One Cool Earth

Santa Barbara Beach Yoga

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

The Juicy Life Yoga

TreeTop Yoga

Yoga Movement 

Family Service Agency

Community Organizations 



Assistance League of Santa Barbara County

Art with Louie

Bike Coalition

Cancer Center of Santa Barbara

Cottage Health 

Dunes Center

Fighting Back SMV

Goleta Sanitary

Key Class

MarBorg Industries

Montecito Bank & Trust

Mr. Numbers




Performing Arts


Santa Barbara Public Library

Santa Maria Library

Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara


Spread Goodness

TLC Foodbank



Veggie Rescue