Spaces like Blue 1647 and YouMedia in Chicago Public Libraries have sprung up around the Chicago area. These spaces are intended to give youth of teen and pre-teen ages an outlet for creative urges as well as a new way to learn: with mentors and friends. A largely after-school and summer based program, YouMedia and Blue 1647 create programs for children and teens to participate in, ranging from coding Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to developing computer skills through Minecraft games. Through these programs, youth can learn important millennial skills related to technology. Our group aims to interview the participants and leaders of these spaces to see what an impact the spaces have had on a personal and a social level.
By John McNamara, Alexandria Johnson, Antonio Williams, and Nancy Garcia