What do you get when you mix 108 amazing Chicago organizations, 4,204 engaging learning opportunities, passionate leaders, higher education institutions, generous funding organizations, and 400,000 youth of Chicago? The Chicago City of Learning! (CCOL) An explosive convergence of possibility all focused on supporting youth in developing self-directed, interest-driven learning and achievement… that connects that learning to college and career….complete with a rigorous badging system.
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You can feel the electricity in the room during the planning meetings with the vast array of stakeholders involved in bringing CCOL to the youth of Chicago as a network of support that provides 24/7 access to quality learning. This is personalized learning that covers the entire city…every neighborhood, every street, every learner. And the city is rising up to support the entire effort.
Check it out. If you don’t live near Chicago, maybe your city could use the template to create something in your area.
Music is good for the soul. Share the love. Donating the cost of one lesson that we may pay for our own kids goes along way for these kids.
The Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project (ChiMOP) is a community youth orchestra program dedicated to affecting positive social change in young students with limited access to the arts by providing a safe and fun environment for them to make music in pursuit of artistic excellence together with peers and role models.
Currently, ChiMOP has two programs. The Summer Orchestra Camp, launched in May 2013, and a school partnership program with Mary Lyon Elementary School, launched September 2013, that provides daily group lessons, string orchestra, wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, bucket band, and choir as well as opportunities to perform and attend concerts around the city throughout the year for more than 100 young students in the Belmont Cragin community. All program costs are completely free to all students.
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Our new project with St Joseph’s National School (Scoil Iosaif Naofa) in Kinvara County, Galway, Ireland. We will be working with Máire O’Keefe’s class to research a man whose life touched both Ireland and Chicago through his music and his travels from a Cork County farm during the Great Potato Famine to the Chief of the Chicago Police Department. Join us by following along!