Pittsburgh, PA: The Labs @ CLP

Meet the Mentor: Sienna Cittadino, The Labs @ CLP

When I first hopped off the 57 in Hazelwood, I didn’t have anything in my backpack except paper and drawing pencils. I was heading to my first day, and first Labs Workshop, at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Hazelwood. Hazelwood was one of two new weekly locations for Labs programming—the other being CLP – Beechview—and I had to figure out how to re-create the magic that had built up over the past four years at the original three Labs locations. Read the rest »

San Francisco, CA: The Mix at SFPL

In San Francisco, Teens Design a Living Room for High-Tech Learning at the Public Library

When teens enter The Mix at the San Francisco Public Library, 19-year-old Dayra Banales is quick to step up and offer a tour, walking visitors past a row of new computers and through studios filled with video and audio equipment. She knows just about every inch of the space—after all, she helped design it. Read the rest »

Berkeley, CA: TechHive

Making the Case for a Makeathon

TechHive is the YOUmedia Learning Lab based out of the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California. During the last weekend in May, TechHive’s staff and teen interns collaborated to plan, develop, raise funds for, and run a Makeathon. The idea for this event came from a shared desire to experiment with an alternative to the popular hackathon event. Read the rest »

Philadelphia, PA: Maker Jawn

Youth-run Design and Research at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Summer 2012

From July to August 2012, 35 teens from Philadelphia worked at the Free Library to give their voice to what sort of environment and programs the library should offer for youth in Philly.

35 youth ages 14-19 served as Teen Programming Assistants for the Free Library of Philadelphia’s 2012 Summer Literacy and Leadership Program—a program funded by WorkReady Philadelphia. Read the rest »