Learning Space with YOUmedia

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 a 21st century multi-purpose learning space for teens. Through YOUmedia, teens can pursue their interests in music, video, 2D and 3D design, photography, fashion, podcasts, art, STEM projects, and more – all assisted by skilled mentors. Free and open to all teens and pre-teens, YOUmedia encourages both collaboration and independent learning and discovery.

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, targets high school students.

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 motivating adults.


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percent of YOUmedia graduates enroll in college