School’s Out, Cities Are in with Expanded Cities of Learning Initiative

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This summer, Chicago, Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C. will double as Cities of Learning (COL) where young people can take self-directed journeys through any number of participating organizations, completing activities and receiving digital badges to recognize their achievements. This initiative, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, hopes to break down some of the barriers that kids from low-income families encounter when trying to access summer learning opportunities.

Philly Teens Prep for College Through Making and Badging

Posted & in Educator Innovator Blog, YOUmedia.

The summer before freshman year at college can be tricky—filled with anticipation, transitions, and sometimes nerves. For teens participating in a college preparation program at the Free Library of Philadelphia last summer, it was also filled with making, film production, and creating a set of badges for younger kids.

Survey Shows Summer Learning Gains Ground

Posted & in Afterschool Alliance, Educator Innovator Blog, Partners.

New research from the 2014 edition of America After 3PM, the most comprehensive household survey of how students in America spend their after school hours, shows that summer learning programs are strongly supported by parents and that participation in summer learning programs is on the rise. According to the survey of nearly 14,000 families: Eighty-six […]

YOUmedia Teens Make Their Creative Mark

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When Chancellor Bennett was suspended during his senior year at Jones College Prep in 2011, few would have guessed that just two years later he would be featured in major news publications and headlining Lollapalooza. During the ten-day suspension, Bennett, who is now more commonly known as “Chance the Rapper,” took to Chicago’s YOUmedia space to […]

At Local Libraries, Teens Pursue – and Publish – Their Passions

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By Maureen Kelleher Rachel Kaplan, a 16-year-old from Northbrook, Ill., a Chicago suburb, started plotting mysteries almost as soon as she could hold a pencil. Her short stories have won regional awards in Scholastic’s annual art and writing competition. Last week, she became an e-author, published on Scribd and in the iBooks store. Serena Dinh, […]

Why educators, schools and communities are celebrating Lights On Afterschool

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The Afterschool Alliance is inviting you to help celebrate the 14th annual Lights On Afterschool! On October 17, more than 1 million kids, educators, families, and communities will come together at thousands of events around the country to raise awareness about the wide range of creative and innovative learning experiences taking place outside of school, […]