YOUmedia Chicago: Reimagining Learning, Literacies, and Libraries: A Snapshot of Year 1

May, 2011
Kimberly Austin, Stacy Ehrlich, Cassidy Puckett, and Judi Singleton with Susan E. Sporte, Penny Bender Sebring, Denise C. Nacu, and Eric Brown
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Report authors Penny Bender Sebring and Eric Brown participated in a connected learning webinar about their findings.  To view the webinar, click here.

This research report documents the first year of implementation of YOUmedia, a youth-centered digital learning initiative at the Chicago Public Library.  It details some of the changes that took place in year one of the three-year study funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  This report details what aspects of the program were successful in the first year and explores implementation challenges encountered when balancing a youth-driven approach with an adult agenda for learning.  It also provides an introductory overview for upcoming research that will be conducted to learn how the YOUmedia community evolves and whether youth involvement in the program has an impact on teens’ learning and development, both inside and outside of YOUmedia.

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