Connected Learning is a key component of The Mix at SFPL’s work with and engagement of youth. Connected Learning is a framework for thinking about learning that, while drawing from successful approaches in the past, is also based on evidence of what works best in the contemporary context and in the digital age. Connected Learning is a set of educational and design values and principles that can be adapted and applied to any context. It re-imagines the learning experience of young people to connect the three spheres of their life that matter most to them – peer culture, interests, and academics. It ensures that young people learn the traditional reading, writing, and numeracy skills, while inspiring them to be creative, analytical problem solvers. It provides for more engaging, relevant, and enduring learning experiences that prepare youth for college, the workforce, and citizenship in a democracy.