Mayor Sly James Kicks Off LRNG KC Summer Pilot

Program aims to engage KC youth with unique learning experiences in a connected age

Kansas City, MO – Today, Mayor Sly James hosted an LRNG KC Summer Pilot kickoff at the Kansas City Public Library’s Central Branch.  

The event celebrated the City’s recent selection as one of eight national winners of the LRNG Challenge award from Collective Shift and a $50,000 grant supported by the Fossil Foundation to launch the program.  Mayor James was joined by members of the national LRNG team, and more than 200 representatives from civic organizations, schools, businesses, community organizations and local government who attended to collaborate about LRNG participation opportunities.

“The way we learn and work is changing every day in a connected world,” said Mayor James. “Education is one of my highest priorities, and LRNG KC will help bridge the opportunity gap by making it possible for all KC youth to build relevant skills, and explore career pathways now, to move toward a successful future.”

LRNG is a technology platform that enables cities to network existing resources such as libraries, schools and community centers, and connect them with young people to offer dynamic, interest-based learning opportunities.  The Mayor’s Office, KC Social Innovation Center and KC Digital Drive, in partnership with the Kansas City Public Library and KC Stem Alliance,are launching the summer pilot with a goal of connecting 10,000 Kansas City area youth with engaging learning experiences that inspire them, help them build 21st Century skills and create career pathways to opportunity.

LRNG KC offers Kansas City a way to bridge the gap between lack of access and opportunity for the City’s most underserved populations.  The program is designed to encourage youth to turn learning into a lifestyle.  LRNG provides unique ways for them to pursue their passions and interests, connect with their peers and mentors and access new paths to college and careers.

Mayor James and the Office of Civic Engagement plan to participate in the pilot this summer through the Hire KC Youth program.  Youth in the program will complete a series of learning experiences and earn badges for achievements.

As an LRNG City, Kansas City will collaborate to connect existing community resources, build partnerships and coordinate local efforts with the national LRNG movement.  For more information or to participate in LRNG KC, visit



Contact: Joni Wickham: 816-513-6582 or cell: 816-572-2152