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April 9, 2014

Mayor Emanuel Announces Expanded Citywide Summer Of Learning And Earning Initiative With Over 10,000 Additional Learning And Employment Opportunities For Chicago Youth

The City’s Summer of Learning and Earning Initiative Expands Access to Jobs and Educational Opportunities

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. The “Summer of Learning and Earning 2014” will provide more than 215,000 opportunities for Chicago’s young people, including interactive activities at parks, libraries, schools, museums and cultural institutions, colleges and universities; community- and faith-based programs, jobs through at City and County departments and sister agencies; and self-paced, online learning activities.

“In the wake of last year’s incredibly successful summer programming, I am pleased to see our citywide summer initiatives growing and thriving as we work to support the educational and career goals of all Chicago students and young adults,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Providing additional opportunities in the summer months is an important way to keep our youth safe, active and engaged, and ensure our students are graduating 100% college ready and 100% college bound.”

The Summer of Learning and Earning will include the Chicago Summer of Learning, which the Mayor launched last year to call together the entire city to an all-hands-on-deck effort to make summer count and support science, technology, engineering, art, and math learning for students of all ages. One Summer Chicago will also add an additional 2,000 job opportunities.  Since the Mayor has taken office, job opportunities for youth have increased from 14,000 to 22,000.

“The City’s summer programming will be our biggest and best ever, with 22,000 job and internship opportunities designed to build 21st century skills and prepare our youth to succeed in school, work and life,” said Commissioner Evelyn Diaz of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services.  “We are accepting applications now through May 16, so we strongly encourage young people who want a job this summer to visit our website at www.onesummerchicago.org and apply.”

“The students and their projects from last year’s program were so impressive that we jumped at the chance to support DFSS’ 2014 One Summer Chicago effort,” said Glenn Tilton, chairman of the Midwest for JPMorgan Chase. “Learning is a key to change and we believe that this program can help individuals acquire the knowledge and skills needed to become productive, engaged citizens.”

The Summer of Learning and Earning will use resources throughout the City of Chicago to provide a wide range of academic enrichment opportunities for Chicago’s students and young adults, allowing them to stay academically on track and cultivate important job skills during the summer months.  In addition to CPS programs, museums, cultural institutions, colleges and universities, and community- and faith-based organizations will all offer a wide range of programs to keep students academically engaged throughout the year and combat summer learning loss. Many programs will focus in the critical science, technology, engineering, art and math disciplines.

Mayor Emanuel stressed that youth need not wait for summer to become engaged. Throughout spring break, Chicago City of Learning will provide on-site and on-line activities for youth at museums, parks and community organizations. On May 10th, Chicago City of Learning will sponsor Destination: Chicago at Jones College Prep on South State Street, a day-long city-wide fair where youth of all ages may sample summer  learning opportunities, engage in creative hands-on activities and sign up for summer programs.

For more information concerning programs related to the Summer of Learning and Earning, parents and students can apply and register online at the following websites:

Registration is open for all of these programs.

Mayor's Office Official Press Release

Chicago City of Learning Spring Information Card