Power Scholars Academy is still accepting applications for summer 2020. Power Scholars Academy will operate with attention to Covid-19 guidelines for child care facility operation provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the CDC. Please download and fill out the application- the form is fillable on a computer– then save it and email it to Jennifer Brennan, Director of Child Care, at jennifer.brennan@wbymca.org.


The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, BellXcel and the Bear Creek Community Charter School would like to invite your student to participate in the YMCA POWER SCHOLARS ACADEMY™, (PSA) this summer. Power Scholars is a 6 week, summer learning program designed to help advance students’ academic achievement through a full-day of challenging math and reading instruction; fun arts, science, technology, and engineering enrichment activities; community and career exploration; field trips; and a healthy breakfast, snack and lunch.

See brochure for more information. Students from school districts other than WBASD, HASD, and Bear Creek Community Charter School please contact jennifer.brennan@wbymca.org if you are interested in applying.

Download applications to apply.

What Grades:
Current PreK  Kindergarten Fall 2020), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.

June 29th to August 7th
8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Regular attendance throughout the program is expected and required.

Cost: FREE! The cost of $1,200 for each student is being funded entirely by grants and contributions from your local community.

Bear Creek Community Charter School

Buses will leave from central locations in Wilkes-Barre & Hanover Twp.

Staff: Trained certified teachers and professionals will be teaching the program with a 2:24 staff to scholar ratio for all program activities.

Past and Present Funders: YMCA of the USA, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, United Way of Wyoming Valley, William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Wilkes-Barre Area School District, Hanover Area School District, Bear Creek Community Charter School, Highmark Foundation, PNC, Grow up Great Program, Dollar General Literacy Fund, Rite Aid Foundation, AllOne Charities, PPL Foundation, Peoples Security Bank and Trust, Wilkes-Barre City Health Department and the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA Board and Donors

Contact: Jennifer Brennan, Director of Education and Child Care Services, 570-970-5041

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