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Chicago Launches Citywide Summer Learning

Chicago Launches Citywide Summer Learning

One of a kind citywide effort designed to keep kids learning all summer.

Last week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel kicked off the first citywide Chicago Summer of Learning initiative designed to keep children active and engaged learners all summer long.

Over 140 public and private organizations are participating in the collective effort. From museums to parks, participating organizations will offer programming that can be tracked digitally to reward student engagement.

Mozilla and the MacArthur Foundation are sponsoring the city’s first digital badge system that can collect and track learning that occurs across the city and will reward kids with digital credentials.

“The Chicago Summer of Learning builds on our full school day and the full school year, and hundreds of organizations are standing up to say to our children: this summer, the city is your classroom,” said Mayor Emanuel. “When we all work together, from parents to community organizations to neighbors and businesses, we can help our children stay safe, engaged and learning while school is out.”

Additionally, 18,000 youth between the ages of 16-24 years of age began their first day of work through City’s One Summer Chicago program. The program allows youth to develop job skills and explore career interests. The youth will also receive financial literacy training that will help them continue learning once summer ends.

Read the entire story at Chicago Public Schools.

Photo Courtesy: Garfield Park Conservatory