Educational Institutions

Summer Ink Inc.

  • Needham, MA
  • www.summerink.org

Mission Statement

Mission:
To give all children the power to explore their ideas, the skills to communicate them clearly, and the conviction that the world wants to hear them.

Summary:

Summer Ink is a writing camp that teaches children, including those from under served communities, the fundamental behavioral habits they need to focus on the work at hand, the academic engagement required to take their education seriously, and the core writing skills to communicate their ideas clearly and persuasively.

Main Programs

  1. Simmons Camp
  2. Boston & Beyond
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Campers come from Boston, Greater Boston, and beyond. We specifically recruit in under served communities of Boston to find students who could benefit from our writing programs. Summer Ink is widely known and respected, and has attracted campers from as far away as Texas, Hawaii, Spain, and Malaysia.

ruling year

1995

Executive Director since 2013

Self-reported

Vicki Krupp

Keywords

Self-reported

summer camp,professional development, teacher training,writing,literacy

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EIN

04-3239179

 Number

0446793693

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Summer Ink licenses The Writers' Express (WEX) method, which is used in schools around the country. Our senior counselors are trained teachers who use the WEX method in their classrooms or are trained before camp begins. Over the past 15 years, WEX has clearly demonstrated the impact of its curriculum on student performance as measured by standardized tests in Massachusetts (MCAS), New York (Regents), and California (CST).  At South Bronx Preparatory, for example, students significantly outperformed their peers (both district and state-wide) on the NYC Regent test after only 3 years with WEX-trained teachers.  These students are now the first in their families to attend college.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Simmons Camp

The Simmons Camp serves students entering 5th-8th grades, about half of whom come from under served communities in the Boston area. The program takes place over a 2-week period in July/August on the campus of Simmons College. Every day campers engage in sports or arts activities, and respond to their experiences in daily journal entries. During the second week of the session, they expand a journal entry into a longer "polished" piece of writing. Instructors trained in The Writers' Express method give daily feedback and skill-enhancing drills to campers based on the students’ individual needs. At the end of each session, students publish selected works in The Collection. Each fall, campers reunite at a local bookstore where they receive a copy of The Collection and read aloud from their writing to an audience of friends and family.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

Program 2

Boston & Beyond

Boston & Beyond is a writing program for students entering 9th and 10th grades, about half of whom come from under served communities in the Boston area. The program takes place over a 2-week period in July/August on the campus of Simmons College. Boston & Beyond focuses on travel writing. Every day campers explore neighborhoods of Boston, visit museums, and play sports, and respond to their experiences in journals. Instructors trained in The Writers' Express method give daily feedback and skill-enhancing drills based on the students’ individual needs. At the end of each session, students publish selected works in Collection. Each fall, the campers reunite at a local bookstore where they receive a copy of The Collection and read aloud from their writing to an audience of friends and family.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Campers come from Boston, Greater Boston, and beyond. We specifically recruit in under served communities of Boston to find students who could benefit from our writing programs. Summer Ink is widely known and respected, and has attracted campers from as far away as Texas, Hawaii, Spain, and Malaysia.

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Funding Needs

To fulfill our goal of providing scholarships to 50% of campers, we must raise $50,000 each year. This funding helps us continue to run our programs at a high level, providing engaging activities for our campers to write about and maintaining our 4:1 ratio of campers to counselors.

Affiliations + Memberships

American Camp Association - Member

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Financials

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SUMMER INK INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Summer Ink Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Vicki Krupp

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Arthur Unobskey

Gloucester Public Schools

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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