Chicago, IL: YOUmedia Chicago

Why Libraries Are More Important Now Than Ever

It’s almost 4 p.m. on a November Monday, and a very un-library-like scene is unfolding inside Chicago’s Harold Washington Library teen center.

Rap and pop music bump from a set of speakers, as teenagers released from schools around the city funnel into the center and settle in for the afternoon. Read the rest »

Chicago, IL: YOUmedia Chicago

YOUmedia Alumni Give Back to Program with Spirited Summer Festival

Lollapalooza might be known for bringing hordes of young people outdoors to celebrate summer in Chicago, but June’s Teens in the Park Fest (TIP Fest) gave it a run for its money. TIP Fest was one part free concert, one part open house for Chicago’s array of summer youth programs. Read the rest »