CreateIT - Youth Center Planning and Media Classes
With a planning grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a team of youth, our Youth Design Team, is exploring the creation of three collaborative spaces for youth to connect and share experiences through new media: a mobile media lab, a space in downtown Tucson, and an online community.
More about the Youth Design Team
CreateIT classes are free and mentors help you learn the skills you need to create your own things.
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Youth Design Team
Upcoming CreateIT classes
About CreateIT Classes
Think IT. Make IT. Do IT. Technology and media classes for teens.
All classes are taught by career professionals and are open to Middle School and High School students. The pros share their expertise as well as their knowledge of the profession. Classes are free but space is limited. Cameras and other class materials are provided by the library.
CreateIT provides media and technology classes, as well as mentoring opportunities with local experts for youth patrons of PCPL to increase 21st century learning skills in the areas of information, media and technology literacy. Grant funds from the Arizona State Library and Archives is used to partner with youth, media, and educational agencies in Tucson to train mentors, including teen peer mentors, to provide learning opportunities.
Community members benefit by increasing their media literacy, developing positive relationships with mentors in the fields of media and technology, having access and opportunity to create original media and ultimately increasing their employability, becoming successful, contributing community members.
Join us this summer! Python, Video-Making, TV Studio Production, Minecraft, you craft, we all craft. Sign up for free classes, hang out at your library. CreateIT. ThinkIT. MakeIT. DoIT. Class sign ups are to your right, or follow us on Facebook for constant reminders.
About the Youth Design Team's Project
Pima County Public Library (PCPL) was awarded a $100,000 planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, to work with youth to plan and design a community hubs for Tucson's youth to learn, design, create - whatever youth dream of doing.
A team of youth, our Youth Design Team, is exploring the creation of three collaboration for youth to connect and share experiences through new media: a mobile media lab, a space in downtown Tucson, and an online community.
Our planning process is supported by a research-based education model known as Connected Learning - one that promotes discovery, creativity, critical thinking and real-world learning.
About the Youth Design Team
The Youth Design Team (YDT) is a group of 15 youth ages 14-21 from around Tucson working with PCPL staff and other community partners, including Access Tucson, Josh Schachter Photography, and Pan Left Productions.
The YDT's task is to develop an understanding of what youth in our community envision for these collaborative spaces and to create a plan to make them a reality.
Watch a 3-minute video that the YDT created about this project.
How You Can Help
Connected to this planning grant, there is a national movement of HIVE Learning Networks - a community of organizations that serve youth in outside of school to create connected learning experiences and develop necessary 21st century skills.
We want your help to create a HIVE for Pima County and Southern Arizona.
Jennifer Nichols, Project Manager