What is Chicago City of Learning?

The first effort of its kind to take place in a major city in the United States, Chicago City of Learning (CCOL) is a groundbreaking initiative that joins together learning opportunities for young people in a way that allows them to think about, pursue, and develop their interests. CCOL breaks down the false barriers between learning that happens in school and learning that happens outside of school. Through CCOL young people can take new paths of discovery, explore the city's rich resources and find out what they can learn, make, do, and ultimately become.

CCOL grew out of the City’s 2013 Chicago Summer of Learning in which more than 100 youth-serving organizations joined together to make their programs visible. Youth participants earned digital badges that provide permanent recognition of the achievements made by youth through their activities.

Introducing: CCOL Support Crew

The purpose of the CCOL Support Crew is to support you with the ‘nuts and bolts’ of getting youth on-boarded and to model and develop ways to integrate CCOL more effectively.

Read more: Support Crew Info Sheet

Complete the Interest Form to Get Involved With the Chicago City of Learning

  1. Become a Partner Organization by Signing Up for 2016 Training
  2. Promote CCOL to Your Networks by Sharing Information
  3. Recommend or Connect CCOL to Youth-Serving Institutions
Chicago Public Schools
Chicago Public Library
Chicago Park District
One Summer Chicago
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