Join the Movement

From a moment to a movement

The YOUmedia Learning Labs Network is at its heart a dynamic, diverse group of people who are dedicated to connecting young people to information and learning opportunities, fueled by the possibilities that digital media and technology offer. Together we represent a new way of thinking about networked public institutions and organizations, and the ways that we can learn from each other and grow alongside each other as practitioners. Our movementーand our Networkーis dynamic and ever-growing, and we’re looking to make change, using the foundation of Connected Learning. We invite you to join us.

Join the Community of Practice

New to the YOUmedia Network? Start by joining the YOUmedia Community of Practice (CoP). The CoP is a free and open platform for frontline staff, mentors, administrators, and other staff in teen programs to share and download resources and jump into conversations. The CoP is the best way to get a sense of the YOUmedia Network community and to connect with other people who are part of the movement. Our CoP is managed by network leaders, and we welcome anyone interested in cultivating and/or learning about a YOUmedia Learning Lab to join.

Start a Learning Lab

The best way to learn about a YOUmedia Lab is to see one in action and talk to the staff. See the locations page to learn more about YOUmedia labs around the country, and get in touch for an opportunity to see their space, meet their staff, and talk about their programs.

We encourage your team to read the YOUmedia Hallmarks. The Hallmarks describe a lab in the YOUmedia Network, and were written collaboratively by network administrators and mentors. We also encourage your team to read the YOUmedia Learning Labs Toolkit, which covers the framework and foundation of YOUmedia principles, including the YOUmedia hallmarks, HOMAGO, and Connected Learning.

Become a lab in the YOUmedia Network

Once your team has developed an existing learning lab, you may be interested in applying to join YOUmedia Learning Labs Network as an associated member lab. Please see the benefits of joining the network, and when your lab is ready, please contact youmedia@nwp.org.