Award-winning, multi-purpose learning spaces for teens and pre-teens
Founded in 2009 through a major grant to the Chicago Public Library Foundation from the MacArthur Foundation, YOUmedia is now available at twelve Chicago Public Library locations. Programming at four of these branches targets middle school students, while the other eight, including the flagship YOUmedia site in the Harold Washington Library Center, engage high school students. At each location, teens can pursue their interests in music, video, 2D and 3D design, photography, podcasts, art and STEM projects – all assisted by skilled mentors. Free and open to all teens and pre-teens, YOUmedia encourages both collaboration and independent learning and discovery.Open to all teens and pre-teens holding valid CPL library cards, YOUmedia encourages both collaboration and independent learning and discovery.
YOUmedia’s teen-centric programming supports the development of skills essential to 21st century academic and career success, and helps participants develop strong, trusting relationships with caring adults.
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