Summary: Imagine out-of-school learning spaces where museum and library educators create digital access for youth. The discussion focuses on students as makers rather than as consumers. Organizational partners discuss ways in which YOUmedia Network has impacted educators’ commitments to teen learning.
Original Date of Publication: July 9, 2015
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Duration: 1 hour
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Marika Staloch, a youth services coordinator at the Saint Paul Public Library, discusses how her institute has changed as a result of having develop the space, CREATECH:
“It wasn’t about feeding a bunch of technology to the kids; it was about creating spaces with mentors in them where the kids would feel welcome and that is a very different model [from what] libraries, at least in Saint Paul, have been operating in the past. This has really changed how we’ve done things at the Saint Paul Public Library. As opposed to having huge programs that we spend money on and get a fair attendance, we are creating spaces for our teens and putting most of our money and time and resources into those spaces and making sure that teens have an ongoing place they can hang out.”
Original Source: National Writing Project, http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/4420