REDUCE summer learning regression. PROMOTE a love of learning. EXPOSE college students to urban education.

About MTR Camp

MTR Camp was founded in 2013 to address systemic summer academic losses affecting students in MTR partner neighborhoods. Summer learning regression disproportionately affects students who live in low-income communities while middle­-class peers make slight gains. When multiplied over many years, more than half of the achievement gap between lower­- and higher-income students is explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities, impacting high school graduate and college readiness rates. The program is designed to provide academic enrichment within a summer camp experience for students who attend an MTR partner school, while exposing interns to urban education in Memphis and the residency program. Additionally, interns live in intentional community, explore Memphis and receive training in effective instructional techniques. MTR Camp aims to (1) reduce summer learning regression, (2) promote a love for learning, and (3) expose college students to urban education.

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Reduce Summer Learning Regression

During the summer of 2016, campers recognized an average of 105 new sight words. Campers grew an average of 14% on internal math assessment. Strong sight word and mathematic competency growth are encouraging. Growth demonstrates that we are exceeding the baseline goal that students will not regress during the summer in these two academic areas.

Promote a Love for Learning

MTR Camp truly values the process of learning! Therefore, we structure our camp day strategically to build a culture that celebrates learning. The cheers we chant collectively reinforce a value for learning. Classrooms are engaging and fun! Teachers are consistently reminding campers to appreciate the learning process. It’s not a school day but a camp day. Each site is unique, but one characteristic remains: WE LOVE TO LEARN!

Expose College Students to Urban Education

The summer staff experience provides the school year in microcosm: the opportunity to build individual relationships and classroom community from the first day of school/camp until the last, instruction, classroom leadership, professional development, coaching, and reflection on one’s own teaching practices. Providing intense classroom experience with training and support assists college students in deciding if teaching is a great career choice for them.


Benefits for Interns

Gain a biblical perspective on professionalism and career choice

Exposure to our residency program

Practice full-cycle of creating a classroom

Engage in conversations across racial lines, in deep community concentrated with a historical and biblical context.

Develop Christian Community Education values and practices

Benefits for Campers

Gain a more positive view of learning

Exposure to range of enrichment activities in order to develop creativity

Practice academic skills from previous school year to enhance understanding

Engage in small group, hands-on, interactive learning experiences that are research-based to counteract summer learning regression

Develop strong character values and practices

Staff Dates

Staff Application Open: October 1st
Staff Application Close: January 15th
Hire Notifications: Mid-February
Staff Employment Dates: June 10 - July 23, 2017

Camper Dates

Camper Registration at Schools: March - May
Camp Term: June 19 - July 21, 2017


Candace Obadina, MTR Camp Director
Instagram: @MTRCamp

“It was one thing to be taught by former residents and to see their good work from a distance, but to truly experience a piece of the MTR family and mission was beyond amazing.” – Zachary Myers, 2016 Summer Intern