- Connie Yowell and Jessica Lindl
It’s hard to believe that just six short months ago, we stood together first in D.C. and then in San Francisco to announce the launch of LRNG. Our goals for this movement are as audacious as we believe they are essential, and the last half year has flashed by in a blur of heads-down hard work, leavened by our vision for how, working together with you, we can create an ecosystem to reimagine, redesign, and revitalize learning for young people who most need alternate paths to success. Thanks to our dedicated staff, our forward-thinking partners and supporters, and our incredible LRNG Cities, we are gearing up for a summer of opportunity for young people across the country.
The first quarter of 2016 has been dedicated to expanding the LRNG ecosystem. Kicking off the year, we hosted Partner Summits in Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco to onboard interested cities, organizations and supporters to the LRNG movement. Program partners, anchor organizations, municipal leaders, and funders worked together with our staff and pilot LRNG Cities to co-design learning experiences and envision their own unique implementation of the LRNG platform as they head into the summer.
In February, we joined the White House’s Summer Opportunity Project in support of the effort to close the summer opportunity gap for youth across the nation.
On March 10, Connie gave a closing keynote at SXSWedu, where we also announced the addition of eight new cities to our movement. Now we’re actively preparing the LRNG platform and global Playlists for the launch of programming this summer.
As we head into preparation for the summer 2016, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you. Our collective push forward wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of all who believe in the mission of LRNG. Together, we will transform learning into a lifestyle so that all young people have the opportunity to follow their passions, find their purpose and pursue their own unique paths to success in the connected age. Together, we are LRNG.