YOUmedia Teens Learn Audio Skills with Vocalo Collaboration
Written by Vocalo Radio on September 14, 2022
Vocalo partnered with The Douglass Library Branch YOUmedia to teach students basic audio, reporting and storytelling skills.
Founded in 2009, YOUmedia became the first space dedicated to teens at Chicago Public Libraries. Now the organization spans 29 different library locations and has given artists like Chance the Rapper a place to start out (back when they were teens). It’s a place to hang out, mess around, and geek out, a key learning strategy used at the spaces.
YOUmedia provides high school students with a safe space, mentorship and free resources to pursue digital media skills, learn and have fun. In addition to laptops, camera, music and gaming equipment, the Douglass branch also provides a recording studio and digital media creation assistance.
The following CPL branches house YOUmedia spaces (some are for high school students, while other spaces are for middle school-aged students):
- Albany Park
- Altgeld (recording studio)
- Back of the Yards
- Chicago Bee (recording studio)
- Chicago Lawn
- Douglass (recording studio)
- Harold Washington Library Center (recording studio)
- Independence (recording studio)
- Jefferson Park (recording studio)
- Kelly (recording studio)
- Legler Regional Library (recording studio)
- Little Italy
- Merlo (recording studio)
- Richard M. Daley
- South Chicago
- South Shore (recording studio)
- Sulzer Regional Library
- West Loop (recording studio)
- Whitney M. Young, Jr. (recording studio)
- Woodson Regional Library (recording studio)
Grades 6 – 8
As a part of a summer collaboration, Vocalo producer Ari Mejia spent four weeks with the Douglass YOUmedia participants guiding them through different audio production assignments: the Sound Scavenger Hunt, Vox Pop, Audio Postcard and Short List Activity.
Listen below to hear the work of YOUMedia participants Anaiya, Ericka, Gabriel and Na’Tanya.
If audio interests you and you are an adult aged 40 and under, check out our Digital Storytelling Workshop.
Written by Makenzie Creden
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