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Hiring: Part-Time CLX Development & Communications Manager

The Development & Communications Manager position is a collaborative position working independently and collaboratively with various CLX staff and programs. You will also work closely with CLX’s Executive Director to draft and edit grant proposals, reports, and presentations. You will also lead our internal and external communications, such as newsletters and social media

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Roots for a Strong Youth Summer

Roots are foundational to plants. Although often unseen to the naked eye, we know they are essential for growth, resilience, and overall health. At the Chicago Learning Exchange (CLX), one of CLX’s research based-beliefs is that learning is relational. High-quality learning and work emphasize the importance of positive relationships for youth development. See Search Institute’s research on the importance of developmental relationships in youth success linked here. Similar to plants, learners need strong roots and support from their peers and mentors to overcome challenges and to grow.

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Member Spotlight: C4ITA

Please introduce yourself and share a bit about your background: what made you want to get involved in the education…

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Seeing is Believing: Pathways to STEM Success

Taking up the mantra, “You can’t be what you can’t see,” Syda and Amaris organized a citywide STEM Fair alongside national partners, showing young Black and brown students that they belong in the STEM field.

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Hiring: Part-time CLX Finance & Operations Manager

CLX seeks a Finance & Operations Manager who has a track record of effective financial management and operations. In this role, you will need to be highly organized, have excellent financial acumen, and strategic planning skills. CLX is a small but mighty team, so you will have the opportunity to work independently and collaboratively. You will work closely with CLX’s Executive Director to manage finances, create financial reports for our Board of Directors, as well as work with the CLX team to manage our strategy and operations.

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One Stone: Then and Now

I figured I could kill a whole flock of birds with one stone: by attending CLX meetings, I could network, learn, potentially get a grant AND force my dissertation chair to look at my research more! Oh, glorious, multitasking day!

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Moonshot Thinking

I remember Robert Friedman rolling out the idea of moonshot groups with a photograph of the moon landing, the astronaut in his uniform, feet planted on the moon’s surface. Those days we met in the basement of the Harold Washington Library at round tables where we started off with coffee, pastries, and conversation.

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CALL: CLX 10 Year Anniversary Stories

To celebrate CLX's 10th Anniversary, we are seeking stories of CLX funded projects and individual member stories. Please complete the short forms below to share your CLX funded projects and individual member stories. We will take stories on a rolling basis until the end of October 2020.

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Closing the Digital Divide and Activating Engagement through #Xchange

Since CLX members are long-time digital learning leaders, we knew we needed to create space and activities to tap into their expertise. Therefore, we collaboratively created resources that help to answer questions in regards to closing the digital divide and increasing youth engagement in digital programming...

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Hiring: CLX Pathways Program Manager

The Program Manager: Pathways Support position is a collaborative position working with various CLX initiatives and partners locally and at times nationally. This position works closely with CLX’s Director of Programs to develop strategies and manage projects for CLX’s Pathway Programs in Energy and Computer Science.

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June 18 Virtual Meetup Recap

Thank you for attending our June Meetup with special guest Sybil M. Madison, Ph.D., Deputy Mayor for Education and Human Services! The importance of connection is more evident than ever. Check out this article for a recap of our June Virtual Meetup.

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From the Vault: A Chat with Sam Dyson

To look back on the rich history of Hive Chicago, which evolved into the Chicago Learning Exchange, we called upon Sam Dyson, who has been a leader in reimagining learning over the past decade in Chicago and beyond.

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Empowering Youth to Fight for Social Justice

Collaboration, connection, and community. These are the hallmarks of the new Master of Arts (MA) degree in Civic Media at Columbia College, in which graduate students merge activism with media practice. Students are expected to design, implement, and assess project-based solutions that address real community needs.

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A Message to the CLX Community and our City

Across the nation, people are in the streets marching and invoking their names, seizing this moment for change. Whether we are with them raising our voices in public or working for justice behind the scenes, we are really fighting for more equitable opportunities and for the dignity of Black lives.

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Digital Media Redefines Youth Activism

Studies have shown declining trust in the ability of government institutions and elected officials to address issues, especially among youth. However, this does not mean that young people are civically disengaged. Instead, young people are utilizing digital media and technology tools to create a broader definition of civics than the commonly held perspective that civic engagement is confined primarily to electoral politics.

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