This post is part of a series where the YALSAblog takes a closer look at Learning Lab grantees from museums and libraries to learn how they engage middle and high school youth in â€œmentor-led, interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and traditional media.â€ To read more about the context of the Learning Labs, visit the first post in the series here.
Today we will listen to a conversation about the Pima County Public Library (PCPL) Learning Lab, AZ from Jennifer Nichols, Senior Librarian Jennifer.Nichols@pima.gov.
Some of the highlights of this podcast include:
â€¢ Finding a balance between creating structure and letting go for a teen driven project
â€¢ Working with evaluators that help teach teens how to project plan including making a timeline, writing surveys, and running focus groups
â€¢ Developing a partnership with a â€˜pay-it-forward’ model programming space
â€¢ Downtown Tucson Innovation group
â€¢ Creating a â€˜youth center’ vs. just a â€˜media lab’
â€¢ Keeping the space relevant for teens