Programs

Programs at YOUmedia can be wide-ranging, from creating video documentaries to podcasts of video game critiques to creating a student-run online magazine. Really, the sky is the limit. But as many of the program directors will tell you, the most effective programs are those that are student-driven.

To get you started thinking, here are four signature programs at YOUmedia Chicago.

Additional examples of students at work are availble in the StudentSpeak series, produced by Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning.

Programs at YOUmedia reflect how learning and exploration happen with digital media today. Research shows that kids learn best when they’re following their interests, learning from their peers, and have opportunities to be guided by mentors and other experts.

YOUmedia’s programs also help build 21st century skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, media literacy and effective communicating, and the skills necessary to succeed in today's workplace.

What follows are answers—some in video—to the common questions that arise in developing programming.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q How do we incorporate research into the design of programming?

YOUmedia staff answer this question for you. Jennifer Steele in the first video answers from a smaller branch library YOUmedia and Taylor Bayless at the Harold Washington Library's YOUmedia offers additional insights.

Q Who designs the curriculum?

Programs can be designed by staff and mentors, but the most effective programming is student-originated. In fact, in Chicago, YOUmedia started with adult-designed programs and the turnout was only so-so. So they asked the teens what they wanted to do. And lo and behold, participation ballooned.

Listen to YOUmedia Chicago’s Brother Mike discuss the role of student voice.

135 Comments
Q When should curriculum planning begin?

It’s best to start planning the curriculum (and professional development) while you’re planning and building out the space.

1 Comments
Q What does a YOUmedia curriculum look like?

Nichole Pinkard discusses some core elements of curriculum and the flexibility sites have in designing them.

The curriculum centers on digital media (video, programming, music mixing, photography), but is not limited to it. The curriculum is project-based and provides opportunities for hands-on making and doing.

A key thing to remember: the curriculum is interest-driven. That means there is no set curriculum. Instead, it morphs and changes as interests change. It is also youth-led. The curriculum should match the interests of youth, as those interest evolve. Programming must therefore be nimble and flexible, so that workshops can reflect interests discovered during workshops.

Strong programming has specific outcomes in mind. It offers opportunities for institutional and personal reflection.  And it looks for partnership possibilities. One program at YOUmedia Chicago, for example, worked with novelist Neil Gaiman to remix his book “Neverwhere.” They also collaborated with the Kennedy Center, writing poetry and lyrics for John Legend, and critiqued video games for parents for Common Sense Media.

Q What are some examples of programs?

Here's a few examples of YOUmedia signature programs with more detailed information on programs.

In Library of Games, one of the signature programs for example, teens critique video games and create podcasts and blog posts of their reviews. The project focuses on developing skills of collaboration, critical thinking, and key digital literacy skills.

The program engages teens who come to the space to play video games. Students write, record, and edit podcast reviews of video games. The program allows for various roles, including podcast contributor, host, feature producer, podcast editor, audio producer, web developer, web master, graphic designer, writer and senior writer. For example, as producers, students read gaming blogs and magazines and pick one story that they feel has enough content for a 30-minute discussion. They then write five discussion questions that will guide the podcast.

Here’s an example of a recent podcast, and here's a blog post.

Q How is YOUmedia programming different in a museum?

Ryan Hill, of ARTlab+, answers this question for you.

Q How do staffing realities affect programming?

For staffing, it’s important to determine what teens need to learn and what they want to learn. There should be at least two mentors in the space daily, so that while one mentor is holding a workshop, the other mentor can be connecting one-on-one with students, encouraging them to try new things.

At ARTlab+ in Washington DC, for example, staffing has grown with attendance. On a typical weekday, ARTlab+ has between 25 and 30 teens visit and between 35 and 45 on weekends. When it’s really busy, they have three to four staff working, plus a cybernavigator (the staff member who is the equivalent of a clerk at a library: he or she is the greeter, registers people for the day, checks out equipment for teens, and performs other tasks). ARTlab+ also has between one and three mentors per shift, depending on the size of the group.

Q What is the framework for programming?

Programs immerse youth in a culture of critical thinking about new media. They also offer multiple entryways—from music production to spoken word to community documentaries—to pursue interests. Youth see multiple pathways to involvement, with opportunities to tinker on their own, hang out with friends and learn from one another, or take part in more hands-on, directed workshops.

Throughout, youth engage with mentors and librarians to learn the basics of digital creation and participation. Youth then apply what they have learned by “making and doing,” from creating movies, podcasts, or websites, to performing.

Here are some signature programs with more details.

Q How is “Leveling Up” incorporated into programming?

YOUmedia is designed to support a leveling up process, which is a concept derived from the video gaming community that reflects how gamers advance through various challenges. Each level becomes slightly more challenging than the last. Players remain in a level until they have mastered it and are ready to advance.

Youth at any level of expertise should be able to begin a program based on their personal interests and work individually and in collaborations with peers to gain experience. Once they have mastered the skills in a particular interest area, they move to the next level of engagement.

For example, in the student-developed video game podcast at YOUmedia Chicago, students level up by moving from being organized and directed by a mentor in creating a podcast to creating their own rotating feature for the podcast. A student must propose a feature, receive feedback from the mentor and group and then determine the content of the feature. Or they might level up to writing their own reviews to post on the student-run blog, along with creating the graphics for the post and maintaining the site with updated side bars, managing comments, connecting to social media.

Students can also level up by taking on specific roles within the production team including audio producer, host, editor and web master.

Leveling up happens not only in terms of critical thinking about video games but also through acquiring digital skills. Students also level up by acquiring soft skills like friendly and constructive communication; one cannot become the host unless you can manage the flow of conversation and diffuse possibly contentious situations. For more information, see the Signature Project, “Library of Games.”

Mentors help youth develop skills as they pursue their interests more deeply.

Youth who reach a level of expertise in their pursuits ultimately produce a digital media artifact that is socially significant, personally meaningful, and can be performed for or otherwise shared with their peers and beyond.

Q What happens in workshops?

Workshops are where kids geek out. Led by mentors, workshops are both a culmination of interest-driven pursuits in the hanging out and messing around stages, and an opportunity for youth to hone their budding skills as digital media creators. They also allow opportunities to develop their skills and leadership abilities via collaboration and critique.

Examples of workshops at YOUmedia include the following:

105 Comments
Q How is a sound studio best used for programming?

ARTlab+'s Ryan Hill discusses how they use a sound studio in their programming at the Hirshhorn Museum.

Here’s another example of sound studio programming—this time with Daniel Robbins, a 17-year-old Chicagoan, mixing music in a sound studio at YOUmedia in Chicago. It also shows how mentors are critical to helping teens stretch their abilities.

Here are some documents about sound studio certification:

Basic Studio Certification.doc
Certification and guide.doc
DYN STUDIO RESERVATION.pdf
Garage Band Cert guide.doc
ProTools Cert guide.doc
YOUmedia Song Posts.doc

Also, please take a look at this post by the Audio Mentor at Artlab+ on how they handle certification.

 

 

Q How do we collaborate with other institutions, experts, or community organizations?

The easiest way to collaborate is to co-lead or co-design with other organizations. YOUmedia Chicago has collaborated with the Museum of Contemporary Art, for example, which has brought in major artists who have worked with the teens and mentors to create new art projects. Here’s a project with abstract artist Mark Bradford.

Other partners have included the Chicago Humanities Festival and the Kennedy Center, where the teens performed with John Legend on stage. YOUmedia also worked with Common Sense Video to critique video games for parents, and worked with the Chicago Public Schools’ Service Learning Division to learn how to use technology effectively.

Listen to several YOUmedia leaders thoughts on how they collaborate with other groups and the importance of tapping these important resources.

* Don’t forget! Build in time for youth feedback on planning and design. Will programming all roll-out on the same date? If not, which activities need to be ready to be implemented first?

Q How do we integrate cooperating institutions’ unique strengths into programming?

Brother Mike, the lead mentor at YOUmedia at Chicago's Harold Washington Library, offers some advice on how to effectively collaborate.

Q How do we incorporate student voice into program design?

YOUmedia Chicago's Brother Mike discusses how they incorporated student voice. The key, he says, is to listen to what the students are saying and how they're reacting to programs.

YOUmedia Chicago's Taylor Bayless suggests that program designers must actively ask kids what they want and be willing to throw out things that don't work.

ARTlab+'s Ryan Hill discusses their feedback loop with students, and the importance of featuring student on their social media outlets as a way to inject student voice into their lab.

Q How do we promote student work?

The options are limitless. YOUmedia Chicago, for example, has partnered with the Art Institute’s afterschool programs on exhibits of project work. They have participated in the spoken word competition, Louder than a Bomb. They also hold weekly performances at YOUMedia (which they advertise using social media; good practice for budding public relations specialists). Brother Mike offers some advice and insights.

Q Are there any lessons learned from programming?

Three YOUmedia experts answer this question in three different ways.

Lead YOUmedia Chicago mentor Brother Mike Hawkins talks about avoiding top-down programming, and how to get the word out about programming.

Tim Lord of DreamYard discusses how young people use YOUmedia as a home away from home, as well as the basic skill-level building that is needed among youth.

Amy Eshleman of the Urban Libraries Council discusses how teens have taken on traditional library programs and made them their own.

Comments

jackymiky

Re: Programs

Its chance are extremely fantastic and dealing style so fast. It might be help everyone. Thanks..

essays online

 

Radiit

Re: Programs

Very useful article for me to read.

gobelanja.com

johnrichard

Re: Programs

Thank you a lot for providing individuals with a very spectacular possibility to read critical reviews from this site.dermatologista

jackman302

Re: Programs

makers to descend up on the independent media center they've built for the Democratic National Convention.

legal insider bot scam

 

zeeshan1

Re: Programs

Effortlessly, the article is really the best point on this registry related issue. I fit in with your decisions and will energetically anticipate your next overhauls. 

Jungle Heat Hack, Jungle Heat Hack Android

 

Radiit

Re: Programs

Historians appraisal boots were aboriginal fabricated in the canicule of ice or 5 actor years ago and were fabricated from beastly skin.

Toko sepatu Original

jhonmarshal

Re: Programs

But as Jean heads home to convalesce, the fading Auguste meets a young woman (Christa Theret as Andrée) who sparks a bit of the old art in the man.

boondoxxxmx.com

 

johnrichard

Re: Programs

It is perfect time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you few interesting things or tips. Perhaps you could write next articles referring to this article. I want to read more things about it! โรคภูมิแพ้

asianmart11

Re: Programs

This was a really outstanding post. In theory I'd like to compose like this too - taking time and real effort to make a solid article. Aire bra

Step up height increaser

Air sofa cum bed

No Addiciton

asianmart11

Re: Programs

The post is written in very good manner and it contains many useful information for me. you have a very impressive writing style .I really enjoyed what you had to say.Well, at least i am interested. slim 24 pro

Fair look cream

Step up height increaser

Sandhi Sudha

albinamuro2

Re: Programs

albinamuro2

Re: Programs

Great post! I am actually getting ready to across this information, is very helpful my friend. acrylic brochure holders

aqibarif74

Re: Programs

This is an excellent post I seen thanks to share it. It is really what I wanted to see hope in future you will continue for sharing such a excellent post.  https://www.rebelmouse.com/michaelfioresecretsurveyreview

Radiit

Re: Programs

Zune and iPod: Most humans analyze the Zune to the Touch, but afterwards seeing how abbreviate and decidedly baby and ablaze it is, I accede it to be a rather different amalgam that combines qualities of both the Blow and the Nano. It's actual bright and admirable OLED awning is hardly abate than the blow screen, but the amateur itself feels absolutely a bit abate and lighter. It weighs about 2/3 as much, and is acutely abate in amplitude and height, while accepting just a hair thicker.

Rumah minimalis

protima676

Re: Programs

When I was searching I found that you have an amazing sense of honor and keen helpful material for users who came across the globe and read your stuff.  Quite nice sharing. online auctions

zeeshan1

Re: Programs

I likewise profit from taking in the appraisals, however discover that alot of individuals should stay on article to attempt and include worth toward the real weblog discharge. 

affiliate marketing

 

johnrichard

Re: Programs

I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand.school football kits

jackymiky

Re: Programs

 I'll bookmark your website besides get my banters peruse up the next normally.

essayswritinghelp.org/professional-essay-writers

 

johnrichard

Re: Programs

I read few posts on this website and I think that your web blog is real interesting and has got circles of fantastic information Keep up the fantastic work, I read few posts on this website and I think that your web blog is real interesting and has got circles of fantastic information.health articles

jackymiky

Re: Programs

Your blog provided us useful information to work on.You have done a outstanding job!

get her to date you

 

jackman302

Re: Programs

aptly named Salmon Creek, in their own backyard, is home to coho salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout.

best reviews

 

asianmart12

Re: Programs

I think it will help me a lot in the related stuff and is very much useful for me.Very well written I appreciate & must say good blog. <a href="http://www.tvmfairlook.in">Fair look</a>  <a href="http://www.slimproindia.co">Slim 24 pro</a>  

asianmart12

Re: Programs

Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing knowledge with us. This site is fantastic. I always find great knowledge from it. <a href="http://www.stepupheight-increaser.in">Step up height increaser</a> <a href="http://www.sandhisudha-plusoil.in">Sandhi sudha</a>  

bloggersanjeev

Re: Programs

The Hanging Out area is a relaxed spot where youth can eat (yes—allowing food is a good idea), read, talk with friends, and check Facebook or other social media or email. As its name suggests, it’s a pressure-free introduction to the culture. The Messing Around area allows youth to tinker with digital media. The space should have a variety of equipment so youth can explore their interests by using laptops, gaming consoles, recording equipment, video and traditional cameras, drawing pads, and more. The goal is to spark an interest.

  Independence day poems

 Independence day whats app images

  Independence day quotes

  Independence day songs

Independence day speech

Independence day of India We need a place to be ourselves, to be better than ourselves, and to figure out ourselves, a place free of boredom and adult agendas, that helps teens figure themselves out through art/music/anything-making. Regards, Sanjeev 

johnrichard

Re: Programs

Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed reading it,you are a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and may come back very soon. I want to encourage you to definitely continue your great job, have a nice weekend.how to install tile flooring

prdudes

Each feasible proposal will be given a grant capped at $10,000 t

The biggest reason why Singapore has gone from position 17 in 2005 to the most expensive in 2012 is due to the exchange rate effect,” said Tan Kee Giap, ACI’s Co-director for Public Policy. yuan ching new ec

aqibarif74

Re: Programs

  • I just found this blog and have high hopes for it to continue. Keep up the great work, its hard to find good ones. I have added to my favorites. Thank You see rebelmouse for ebook details

alec123

Re: Programs

I agree with your proposals. Thankful concerning offering all; this is helpful for a few people. Our Wholesale Cushions are adequately sewed at the edges to make it continue striving for long.

alec123

Re: Programs

I agree with your proposals. Thankful concerning offering all; this is helpful for a few people. Our Wholesale Cushions are adequately sewed at the edges to make it continue striving for long.

alex12

Re: Programs

I quite observe also treasure your topic on apiece besides entire design.The thing that you give is value our cycle moreover potency.married people dating  
bloggersanjeev

Re: Programs

I really liked your blog very much. It was really great to visit here. I found many interesting things. Well today I will discuss about happy independence day 2014. In india Independence day is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm and much respect is given to national song and national anthem. If you are one of those who want to wish your countrymates with best wishes of happy independence day then I have few great quotes for you. 

Independence Day Images

Independence Day Quotes

Independence Day India

Thanks and Regards,

Sanjeev

jimmy

Re: Programs

YOUmedia’s programs also help build 21st century skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, media literacy and effective communicating, and the skills necessary to succeed in today's workplace.  Gartengestaltung

linspir1

Re: Programs

This is very nice blog and informative. I have searched many sites but was not able to get information same as your site. independence day india

nthp2013

Re: Programs

Wap tai game android xin giới thiệu một số game hot nhất hiện nay: Tai game iOnline, Tai game Ai Tam Quoc, Tai game De Che Soha, tai game Nhiet Huyet Bang Chu

johnrichard

Re: Programs

There is a clash of ideas occurring in education right now between those who believe that public education is not only a fundamental right but a vital public service, akin to the public provision of police, fire protection, parks, and public libraries, and those who believe that the private sector is always superior to the public sector.outdoor furniture

johnrichard

Re: Programs

This is just the information I am finding everywhere. Thanks for your blog, I just subscribe your blog. This is a nice blog. lpg

prdudes

Re: Programs

A four-bedroom apartment in the prime Draycott 8 project has been put up for sheriff's auction on March 27. Separately, four condo units in Sentosa Cove are marketed by private treaty have been put up for sale by their mortgagees (or lenders). the amore punggol

aqibarif74

Re: Programs

Really appreciate this wonderful post that you have provided for us.Great site and a great topic as well i really get amazed to read this. dodge steering stabilizer
aqibarif74

Re: Programs

I have read all the comments and suggestions posted by the visitors for this article are very fine,We will wait for your next article soonly.Thanks!   Ray Jeffrey

 

 

jimmy

Re: Programs

they get curiosus  they check out of few optionand start messint  around with some equipment.........

Amazon Login They get curious. They check out a few options and start messing around with some equipment. A mentor stops by, helps tweak this or improve on that. - See more at: http://www.youmedia.org/toolkit/research#sthash.fNa50AvE.dpuf They get curious. They check out a few options and start messing around with some equipment. A mentor stops by, helps tweak this or improve on that. - See more at: http://www.youmedia.org/toolkit/research#sthash.fNa50AvE.dpuf
johnrichard

Re: Programs

This is a very good post. Just wonderful. Truly, I am amazed at what informative things you’ve told us today Congreso Internacional de Comunidades Virtuales. Feria Internacional del Libro. ca khuc khong loi

anmanblack

Re: Programs

Progress Show and reminded listeners of the wide-ranging impact agriculture...,,

interesting read on scribd

 

johnrichard

Re: Programs

Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon. disorders

johnrichard

Re: Programs

I was just browsing through the internet looking for some information and came across your blog. I am impressed by the information that you have on this blog. It shows how well you understand this subject. Bookmarked this page, will come back for more. Refrigerare

aqibarif74

Re: Programs

Great post, good work. It Couldn’t be wrote any better. Reading this post reminds me of my recent employer! He constantly kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a delightful read. Thank Basketball Drills

jhonmarshal

Re: Programs

You've posted so much good stuff in the past, and you are posting some amazing stuff in the present as well Cheap Price blog comments

 

 

jimy5500

Re: Programs

Very nice article, I enjoyed reading your post, very share, I want to twit this to my followers. Thanks!.     make him desire you formula review   

johnrichard

Re: Programs

I am no longer sure the place you're getting your info, but great topic. I needs to spend a while studying much more or understanding more. Thanks for wonderful info I was on the lookout for this info for my mission. หนังโป๊

bloggersanjeev

Re: Programs

I really liked your blog very much. It was really great to visit here. I found many interesting things. Well today I will discuss about happy independence day 2014. In india Independence day is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm and much respect is given to national song and national anthem. If you are one of those who want to listen to great independence day songs then I have few great for you. Just look at it

independence day songs

Independence day songs in hindi

If you loved these links, kindly visit our blog and bless us with your comments. You loving Sanjeev

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.