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Chicago continues citywide Summer of Learning

Chicago continues citywide Summer of Learning

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

Last year, 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.  The program is back with over 140 public and private organizations participating in the collective effort.  From museums to parks, participating organizations will offer programming that can be tracked digitally to reward student engagement.

The initiative also features the One Summer Chicago program where government institutions and community organizations unite to offer over 22,000 opportunities this summer for young people ages 16-24 to either receive employment or an internship with the city. In addition, the program allows youth to develop job skills and explore career interests while giving young adults financial literacy training that will help them to continue learning once summer ends.

Last year approximately 67,000 individuals applied to the program and around 20,000 were accepted.  In addition, about 200,000 youth participated in some sort of learning/enrichment opportunity such as a summer camp.  In other words, the Chicago Summer of Learning initiative has proven to keep youth involved and learning throughout the summer.

Could other cities benefit with similar city-wide programs? We like to think so. Your thoughts?
• For more information about the One Summer Chicago Program, click HERE
• To view other summer learning opportunities, click HERE
• Read about the program’s initiation in 2013 HERE

Photo Courtesy: Garfield Park Conservatory

Submitted by Sean Walker, COSA Ambassador