- Connie Yowell, CEO of LRNG (@Connie)

School is out for summer and LRNG has kicked into high gear. Thanks to our 12 LRNG Cities and a growing list of local and national partners and supporters, thousands of young people across the country are connecting to engaging and exciting learning and workforce development opportunities in their communities and online.

As we build out our learning ecosystem, it is wonderful to witness how enthusiastically mayors, educators, organizations and corporations have embraced and enhanced the LRNG vision for redesigning learning for the connected age. Young people nationwide will have new opportunities this summer to pursue their passions and develop high demand workplace competencies and skills through online learning as well as through workshops, Turn Up events and summer jobs programs in our LRNG Cities.

It’s been a busy quarter. During the three months since our last newsletter, LRNG has:

Of course, one of the most exciting developments was the resolution passed just this week by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which encourages cities nationwide to use LRNG’s digital badging framework and to act as the “facilitators and curators of digital badges in order to create meaningful digital credentials that are recognized by employers and municipalities across the United States.” This is a huge affirmation of our work that will serve to accelerate our ability to scale up quickly and create opportunity for young people who have been locked out of more traditional paths to success.

As we dive into the summer ahead, I want to thank all who have joined with us to make the LRNG movement possible. From our leaders and educators in LRNG Cities to our generous corporate and nonprofit partners, together we are redefining and redesigning learning. Together we are delivering opportunity to all youth, so every young person can find fulfill their talents and pursue their dreams. #WeAreLRNG

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