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Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched the Chicago City of Learning (CCOL) Month of Code Challenge to all Cities of Learning today to encourage young people to explore the science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) fields. Through CCOL, youth have the opportunity to earn digital badges by building video games, interactive stories, and mobile apps between July 9 and August 8, 2014.   More Information Here

As part of the Chicago City of Learning (CCOL), Mayor Rahm Emanuel kicked off the Summer of Learning and Earning 2014 today, calling together the entire city to connect young people ages 4 to 24 to the fun and engaging science, technology, engineering, arts, and math experiences that Chicago offers. This summer, more than 215,000 learning opportunities and jobs are available to Chicago’s young people through One Summer Chicago, Rahm’s Readers, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Housing Authority, and more than 120 organizations, including colleges and universities, community- and faith-based organizations, cultural institutions, and museums in neighborhoods throughout the city as well as on-line.  More Information Here

As the final bell rings at schools across the country this month, six major metro areas are kicking off new initiatives to provide out-of-school learning opportunities to youth from all backgrounds throughout the summer months and beyond.  More Information Here

The First Time Ever Introducing An Early Literacy Component For Ages 0-5 Years And Including A Teen-Specific Reading Program For Ages 14-18 Comes on the Heels of Mayor Emanuel and Tonight Show Host Jimmy Fallon’s Friendly Wager of 2.4 Million Books to Be Read This Summers.  More Information Here

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced Chicago’s youth will now have access to an additional 10,000 academic and job training opportunities through partnerships across the City as part of 2014’s Summer of Learning and Earning, a citywide initiative to keep Chicago youth ages 4 to 24 active and engaged this summer. < More information here >

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Library Commissioner Brian Bannon at the Humboldt Park Branch of the Chicago Public Library to announce on Thursday, February 20, 2014 a more than $2,000,000 expansion of the Chicago Public Library’s nationally recognized YOUmedia program, which provides teens across the city with digital learning experiences. < More information here >

President Clinton Announces Commitment to Create New Pathways to College and Career Success

President Bill Clinton today announced a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action to massively expand access to a new method of academic and technical skills assessment known as Open Badges – online representations of earned knowledge and skills – to improve the futures of two million students and U.S. workers. < More information here >

 

A popular program that connects teenagers to technology will be expanded to six more Chicago Public libraries — with “pop-up” programs at a dozen more — thanks to a $2.5 million expansion unveiled Thursday. <More Information here>

 

YouMedia: A New Vision for Learning

In July 2009, YouMedia launched as an ambitious attempt to re-imagine the library as a more relevant learning resource for today’s teens. Understanding that the landscape has changed how teens learn, socialize and self-identify, how do we remix the public library experience so it can truly engage teens in a way that supports its core mission? A partnership between the Chicago Public Library and the Digital Youth Network, YouMedia took on this task through the creation of a unique 21st century physical learning space and an innovative online space to connect learners 24/7. <More Information here>

 

 

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