United Way of Santa Barbara County’s Fun in the Sun Program Returns June 21st-July 30th

United Way is Now Accepting Applications for Local Students and Fun in the Sun Staff

United Way of Santa Barbara County’s (UWSBC) annual Fun in the Sun (FITS) summer learning program returns June 21st through July 30th and is now accepting applications for staff and local students to participate. The free six week program will address summer learning loss and COVID-19 learning loss through academic and social emotional programming.

UWSBC is anticipating an in-person program at all six sites depending on COVID-19 mandates. Students will engage in academic rotations focused on literacy and STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, arts and math) as well as participate in social, emotional and mental wellness activities. Should COVID-19 conditions worsen, UWSBC will provide a virtual program.

FITS is Santa Barbara County’s oldest and largest public/private partnership dedicated to long-term educational improvement in the lives of low-income children and families. FITS provides hands-on, project-based lessons, utilizing the best services and ideas from 80+ local public and private organizations.

“We are so grateful that we can continue to support students and their families through our annual Fun in the Sun program, especially those who have experienced learning loss from COVID-19,” said Steve Ortiz, President & CEO of United Way of Santa Barbara County. “It is so important that students have extra learning support especially during these difficult times.”

FITS site locations include: Canalino Elementary, Franklin Elementary, Harding Elementary, Hollister Elementary, Solvang Elementary and Mary Buren Elementary.

Students who can apply include: Current 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students who qualify for the Free or Reduced Price Meal program. A junior high program is being offered at the Solvang site for current 6th and 7th grade students. Program requirements: Scholars: 3 year commitment to program, and attendance for full six weeks, Monday – Friday, 8:30AM – 4:30PM. Parents/Guardians: Must attend mandatory Orientation Meeting and parent/guardian workshops during the program.  

  • Available FITS Staff positions include:
    • Site Coordinators (40 hour a week position)
    • Assistant Site Coordinators (40 hour a week position)
    • Program Leaders (40 hour a week position)
    • Site Aids (30 hour a week position)

Staff applicants must be available to work 40 hours per week and attend training June 14 – June 18.

To apply for a staff position, please send a resume and cover letter to Melinda Cabrera at mcabrera@unitedwaysb.org.

To apply for the program and learn more, please visit www.unitedwaysb.org/fits.


About United Way of Santa Barbara County

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has the unique and positive vision that “in our community, everyone has a hopeful future.” Since 1923, UWSBC has served Santa Barbara County community through funding, volunteer development, and by utilizing its own unique initiatives that involve dozens of local nonprofit and public sector agencies. UWSBC’s local community driven Power of Partnership™ priorities help children, families and seniors with a focus on Education, Income and Health. To learn more, please visit unitedwaysb.org.



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