Since the Covid-19 pandemic shut down public meeting rooms like YOUmedia teen learning spaces, librarians and staff at Back of the Yards Branch of the Chicago Public Library have reimaged how to engage their local teenagers by sharing resources and creating cross-institutional collaborate to better serve their local community.
Connecting urban teens, high schools, and arts organizations across the city of Chicago, Jose Luis Benavides (Teen Associate, YOUmedia) and Natalie Bromann (Librarian I, YOUmedia) will compart best practices, successes and challenges in creating long-lasting neighborhood partnerships while expanding outreach efforts within urban environments.
Turning the pandemic frown upside down, this conversation explores innovative ways moving to the virtual can forge extensive, youth-focused engagements, and how we can all create exciting virtual programming to celebrate teen ingenuity and interests. By listening to teenagers. how may we better serving Black and Latinx communities in the Southside of Chicago and across the city.